Sketching Tours of Pueblos Magicos
with Rhoda Draws
Sketching Tours of Pueblos Magicos with Rhoda Draws Logo
Rhoda with Sketching class at Aurora, SMA, MX
sketch of Day of the Dead makeup artist
Sketch of back of Parroquia in San Miguel de Allende
sketch of Calle Canal mansion, SMA
Sketch of Bull at Belles Artes
Sketch of El Encanto
Sketch of Slide-horn player on Relox in San Miguel de Allende
Bernal Templo sketch
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13 Colelgio Militar stages
me-4 students
sketch of DoD makeup artist
slide-back of Parroquia
Slide- Calle Canal mansion SMA
slide-Bull at Belles Artes
slide-El Encanto
Slide-horn player on Relox-SMA
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Enjoy guided sketching trips to the
“PUEBLOS MAGICOS”
(magical towns)
in central Mexico.

Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco
Sketching, Sight-seeing, Shopping
Day Trip

Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday, May 31, 2024

The Magical town of Dolores Hidalgo has historical significance in Mexico’s Independence from Spain. More importantly for us, it is the center for manufacture of decorative hand-painted Talavera pottery.

On our way back to SMA We’ll visit Galeria Atotonilco to see their breathtaking Mexican folk art collection. Then we’ll relax with drinks at the elegant Hotel Nirvana Restaurante & Retreat.

Fee of $3500 MX includes breakfast, transportation, museum fees, art supplies, instruction and individual coaching in “Sketching Fast & Loose.” Learn to capture the essence of the people, places and things you see in your travels. My prior students / attendees on previous trips get a discount of $500 MX. Only $2000 MX total fee if you bring your own art supplies and don’t need instruction.

Advance deposit of $1500 MX requested, balance payable in pesos when we meet.

…. times and locations might change.

9:00 – 10:00
Meet for breakfast (included) at the Aurora Café in Fabrica La Aurora. Pay balance of your fee in pesos. You’ll be given your vinyl pouch with art materials. Introduction to Sketching Fast & Loose.

10:00 – 10:45
We’ll hit the road in Pancho’s van and arrive in Dolores Hidalgo.

11:00 – 12:00
Visit the Vazquez talavera factory. Sketch a variety of decorative pottery items. Shopping is encouraged.

12:00 – 1:30
Sketch the historic buildings and scenes in Centro.

1:30 – 2:30
Lunch at El Fruty, around the corner at Calle Hidalgo #2A. Sketching people.

2:30 – 3:00
FREE time.
Suggest enjoying a scoop of the town’s famous ice cream.

3:00 – 4:30
Back in the van, go to Atotonilco.
Visit Galeria Atotonilco: sketching & purchases are encouraged.

4:30 – 5:30
Drinks at Nirvana Restaurante

5:30
Return to San Miguel

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Our Lady of Dolores Church
Talavera boot

Guanajuato
Sketching/ Sight-seeing
Day Trip

Friday, March 29, 2024

Friday June 28, 2024

GTO mariachis-LaGiganta
GTO red dome-giganta
GTO sketch Teatro Juarez
GTO Urban Sketchers with us
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Guanajuato city is known for its silver mining history and colonial architecture. It is the home of the University of Guanajuato and the annual Cervantes festival. Its network of narrow streets, alleyways and tunnels is typified by the Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss), so named because the balconies are close enough for a couple to reach across and kiss. An unusual attraction is a museum containing dozens of mummified corpses exhumed from a nearby cemetery.

Fee of $3500 MX includes breakfast, transportation, museum fees, art supplies, instruction and individual coaching in “Sketching Fast & Loose.” Learn to capture the essence of the people, places and things you see in your travels. My prior students / attendees on previous trips get a discount of $500 MX. Only $2000 MX total fee if you bring your own art supplies and don’t need instruction.

Advance deposit of $1500 MX requested, balance payable in pesos when we meet.

…. times and locations might change.

9:00 – 10:00
Meet for breakfast/coffee at Café Marulier, Ancha de San Antonio 121 (next to Mercado Sano). Pay balance of your fee in pesos. You’ll be given your vinyl pouch with art materials. Rhoda will make a presentation and demo of “Fast and Loose” sketching methods.

10:00 – 11:30
We’ll hit the road in Pancho’s passenger van and arrive in Guanajuato City

11:30 – 1:30
Sketching in Centro: churches, steep hills covered with colorful houses, Teatro Juarez, “La Giganta” bronze sculpture.

1:30 – 2:30
Lunch at outdoor cafe TBA. Rhoda demonstrates the basics for sketching people

2:30 – 3:30
Sketching at Mummy Museum, Explanada del Panteón Municipal

3:30 – 5:00 FREE time: suggest visit to Museo Iconográfico del Quijote, or Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera – Calle Positos 47

5:00 Return to San Miguel

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GTO Teatro Juarez
Guanajuato Teatro Juarez
Guanajuato: Teatro Juarez

Bernal
Sketching/ Sight-seeing
Day Trip

Friday, January 26, 2024

Friday, April 26, 2024

Templo San Sebastian, Bernal, MX
Rhoda and Peña, Bernal, MX
Erin and her sketch of Templo San Sebastian
Barbara and her sketch in Bernal, MX
Sketch of pink clock tower in Bernal, MX
Ria and her sketch of Templo San Sebastain, Bernal. MX
Bernal, MX sketching trip group photo
Two masks in Museo de Mascara, Bernal, MX
Templo SS
Rhoda and Peña
Erin sketch
Barbara sketch
pink clock tower
Ria with sketch
group with monolith
2 masks
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Bernal is a Magical town in the state of Queretero, known for its monolith called Peña de Bernal (a small mountain) and it’s cheese bread (a long Danish).

We begin our sketching adventure at the Museo de Mascara, where we’ll draw items from the amazing collection of masks from all over the world. After that, drawing the red and yellow architecture of Templo San Sebastian and the delightful pink and white town hall.

We enjoy a delicious lunch at Milo’s with breathtaking views from the terrace. Free time includes buying long loaves of cheese bread to take home Then it’s back to SMA with sketches, memories and new friends.

Sketch by Shelby

…. times and locations might change.

9:00 – 10:00
Meet for breakfast (included) at Cafe Marulier, Ancha de San Antonio 121. Pay balance of your fee in pesos.

You’ll be given your vinyl pouch with art materials. Rhoda will make a presentation and demo of “Fast and Loose” sketching methods.

10:00 – 11:30
We’ll hit the road in Pancho’s comfortable van and arrive in Bernal

11:30 – 12:30
Sketching masks in the Museo Mascara.

12:30 – 2:00
Rhoda demonstrates sketching buildings in Centro. Sketching the Templo San Sebastian and the Town Hall.

2:00 – 3:00 Lunch. Rhoda presents the basics of human proportions and facial features. Practice drawing each other.

3:00 – 5:00 FREE time: shopping, sketching, buying cheese bread.

5:00 Return to San Miguel

Museo de Mascara mask, Bernal


Sketching adventures in
San Miguel de Allende: Dia de Los Muertos
November 1 and 2, 2024

We’ll sketch the people, places and things during this spectacular celebration: Catrinas, cemeteries, altars, makeup artists, and more. Join me for two exciting and colorful days of sketching “Fast & Loose.” 

Friday Nov. 1:  10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 2: 9:00am – 12:30pm      

$2500 pesos (about $140 usd) covers both days,
includes art supplies and instruction. All skill levels welcome.

“…Not only is Rhoda a talented artist and sketcher, she is a gifted teacher…

… She has a unique way of breaking the art of drawing into bite sized understandable pieces, and encouraging students to practice new ways to take their drawing to new levels…all in fast and fun ways! As a beginner… I was surprised at how much I learned in just a few hours… The class was a highlight of my trip to San Miguel.”
Judy M., Whidbey Island, WA.
Sketching Fast & Loose Student