Join Oaxacan alebrije artist Carlos Orozco for this special family-oriented alebrije painting class!
The alebrijes that you will paint were carved from copal wood especially for this class by the artists of the Puech Ikots artists collective in Oaxaca, Mexico. Proceeds from this class are returned to the artists in Oaxaca. Parents are encouraged to take this class along with their children.
Carlos directs the indigenous artists' collective Puech Ikots (puechikots.com) in Oaxaca, Mexico and is a skilled wood carver and painter who works in the tradition of alebrijes. Alebrijes are the colorful carved wooden animals that are well-known in Mexican folk art.
In this class, Carlos will teach the history and significance of the alebrije in Oaxacan culture, and will explain the process of creating alebrijes. In addition he'll discuss the Puech Ikots fair trade artists' collective and its mission to provide a path to economic autonomy for indigenous artists in the Oaxacan sierra.
All participants will receive their own pre-carved, unpainted alebrije to paint. There will be a variety of different animals to choose from, and you will pick the one you like best!
All alebrijes for this class were individually hand-carved from tropical copal wood by the members of the Puech Ikots collective especially for this event, and brought to Chicago from Oaxaca by Carlos. With Carlos's one-on-one guidance you will create a unique alebrije in your own personal style to take home!
All paint and necessary materials will be provided. Spaces are limited; one person per alebrije (sorry, no shared registrations).
Our wonderful host space, La Catrina Cafe, will have food & drinks available for purchase.
Puech Ikots is fiscally sponsored in the USA by Cuentos Foundation.