Sketching Trips from
San Miguel de Allende

Day Trips

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

Date to be announced

Join a sketching/sight-seeing group for a day trip to the town of Guanajuato.

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.

A side trip to Atotonilco on our way back to SMA will give us the opportunity to see the breathtaking folk art collection at Galeria Atotonilco and to relax with drinks at the elegant Hotel Nirvana Restaurante & Spa.

Fee is $3800 MX, includes transportation, 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.

Advance deposit of $1900 MX requested, balance payable in cash when we meet.

My prior students / attendees on previous trips get a discount of $500 MX

…. times and locations might change.

9:00 – 10:00
Meet for breakfast/coffee at the Aurora Café in Fabrica La Aurora. Pay balance of your fee.

You’ll be given your vinyl pouch with art materials and I will make a presentation and demo to introduce you to my “Fast and Loose” sketching methods.

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

11:00 – 12:00
Sketch the pottery at fabrica “Vazquez” or similar location. Purchases are encouraged.

12:00 – 2:00
Lunch in Centro at “Fruity’s” followed by sketching of the church and surrounding area.

2:00 – 3:30 FREE time

3:30 – 5:30
Leave for Atotonilco,
visit Galeria Atotonilco (reservation needed)
drinks at Nirvana Restaurante

6:00 Return to San Miguel

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Contact me for more info.

Dolores Church sketch
Dolores Church sketch
Talavera Vases
Talavera Vases

Sketching/ Sight-seeing
Day Trip

Friday, December 16, 2022 was Excellent!

Guanajuato Basilica
Guanajuato sketch by Heather
Guanajuato sketchers
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Join a sketching/sight-seeing group for a day trip to the town of Guanajuato.

About 90 minutes on the road takes us to Guanajuato City, home of the Museo Iconográfico del Quijote, an incredible collection of art devoted to depicting images of Don Quijote in every imaginable medium and style. We’ll sketch the facade of Teatro Juárez and also the people in centro, as they enjoy the fresh air in a town which restricts most auto traffic to underground tunnels.

Fee: $190 USD or peso equivalent.

Includes transportation to and from San Miguel in a comfortable van with our bilingual driver, Pancho.

Also, a supplies kit and personalized instruction in “Sketching Fast & Loose.”

Small group, limited to 5 people.

GTO Blue Dome
Guanajuato Blue Dome
GTO Teatro Juarez
Guanajuato Teatro Juarez

Sketching/ Sight-seeing
Day Trip

Coming up in 2023

This magical town is in the state of Queretero, about 90 minutes away from SMA. It’s main feature is a huge monolithic rock called “Peña de Bernal.” We’ll sketch the colorful Templo de San Sebastian Martir, as well as some of the masks in the Museo de Mascara. We’ll have a sketching lunch in one of the charming restaurants in Centro. Before we head for home, be sure to buy at least one loaf of the local specialty, cheese bread (like a very long Danish.)

Templo de San Sebastian Martir
Bernal Templo San Sebastian
Museo de Mascara mask, Bernal
Museo de Mascara mask, Bernal

Overnight Trips

See and Sketch Patzcuaro for
Day of the Dead

November 1-3, 2022 sold out!

It was a total success with lots of sketching, shopping and eating!

sketch of a bird
Rhoda with a big skull, Patzucaro, MX
Palacio Clavijero, Morelia, MX
Cemetery near Patzucaro, MX
Patzcuaro lunch with our sketching group
Lisa sketches Pancho's lunch
Morelia at night
Plaza Grande, Patzcuaro, MX
Rhoda with big skull
Morelia-Palacio Clavijero
Patzcuaro lunch
Lisa sketches Pancho's lunch
Patzcuaro-Plaza Grande
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Photos and sketches from our trip to Patzcuaro and Morelia, Michoacan, MX, during Day of the Dead.

Join me for a small group trip (max. 5 people) to this magical town in Michoacan for sketching and sight-seeing.

We leave San Miguel at 9am on November 1st, arriving in Patzcuaro in time for lunch. We return to SMA early evening on November 3rd. Our bilingual driver Pancho’s comfortble air-conditioned van can accommodate a group of 5. For 5 people, the fee is $6,500 MX each (about $325 US), and includes travel from San Miguel in a comfortable van, 2 nights lodging with your private room and bath, sketching supplies in a hands-free vinyl pouch, and instruction for sketching “Fast & Loose.” Snacks and soft drinks are provided on the road.

Your space is confirmed with a deposit of $2000 MX or $100 USD.
My former students get a $500 peso discount!

Contact me for more info.


Details coming soon…