Paint and Sip: Alebrijes

This is our newest alebrije-painting experience!

Overview of Experience

This is our newest alebrije-painting experience, designed to fit nicely into a two-hour time block. It was created with our repeat alebrije customers in mind…This way you can enjoy the fun of painting another piece while sipping a mezcal amongst friends without sitting through the presentation twice. That being said it´s also a perfect hands-on activity for visitors with less time! You´ll get the basics–color, design, and some anecdotal information about the process that transforms copal into a woodcarving. This experience will launch directly into the practical side of this craft as you paint your piece alongside an alebrije-maker from Tilcajete. You’ll also get to sip delicious local coffee or mezcal while you paint!

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What to Expect

Unlike our “Alebrijes: Mystical Art, History, Culture, and Practice” workshop which includes an hour presentation about this important art form, this Paint & Sip: Alebrijes workshop is purely hands-on. (You can click on the link for more information about our more in-depth alebrije experience.)  One of our master painters from the Velasco Sosa family in Tilcajete will guide you as you choose your piece and immerse yourself in the creative process of transforming the woodcarving into an alebrije.

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Experience Includes

  • Oaxacan Coffee or Mezcal

  • Paint, brushes, smock, and any other materials necessary to paint your alebrije

  • Your choice of a 3-5 inch alebrije

  • Instruction by a master alebrije-maker from Tilcajete

  • A print-out of patterns/colors to guide you while you paint

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Logistics and Cost

Time Involvement: 2 Hours

Transportation: Unnecessary. Held at Tlayudona in Historic Jalatlaco

Costs and Minimums: 780 MXN per person

There is a minimum of 2 people for this experience.

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