Lisa Pressman & Sue Stover
Art, Artifacts, Altars:
Day of the Dead in San Miguel
October 29 - November 2, 2022
Join Lisa and Sue for a trip to San Miguel de Allende to discover the Day of the Dead and explore how this traditional celebration can influence your life through art.
This 5-day workshop will explore memory, personal mementos, and offerings through art-making. We will learn about Day of the Dead traditions in regards to these concepts and respond to them in our own work.
Also called All Souls Day, it is thought of as the day when the veil between life and death is the thinnest and the best time for the departed to slip back to the living for a visit. It is a celebratory and happy day.
We will immerse ourselves in the colorful architecture, cobblestone streets, vibrant culture, and culinary delights. In the decorated streets, altars, and cemeteries, we will explore all that this tradition has to offer. Incorporated into this focus is the concept of time, of real or imagined histories, and of faded or foggy memories.
Your host, Jan Davis, lives in San Miguel de Allende. She is eager to share this special celebration with you, as well as her favorite haunts around town.
Each day during this workshop we will explore San Miguel de Allende and learn first-hand about Mexico's Day of the Dead traditions. Sue and Lisa will help us respond to what we learn during this discovery in the workshop, with exercises such as:
Marking time - images and objects related to passing time
Noticing and creating surfaces - that suggest time passing or an implied history
Collecting or viewing personal or cultural artifacts - (real or imagined)
Creating altars to honor our ancestors
This workshop is held in the Hacienda de las Flores. This spacious, old-world-style hotel is located in the heart of San Miguel de Allende.
What is included:
6 nights lodging, including taxes and tips.
5 days of instruction from Lisa and Sue.
6 breakfasts and 5 lunches.
Opening night meet and greet, with margaritas, piña coladas, and botanas (hors d'oeuvres).
Talks from locals regarding Day of the Dead traditions.
A guided shopping trip for ofrenda (altar) decorations, such as candles, meringues, papel picado (tissue paper), and skull-shaped items. We'll also buy candy to hand out on October 31.
Guided tour of ofrendas (altars).
An escorted trip to the local panteón (cemetery).
What is not included:
Travel insurance (highly recommended)
The workshop is limited to 12-14 students.
Workshop Cost (per person): USD $2460-$2720
There are 3 different price points according to the room you choose.
Rooms may be shared at no additional cost (room only). Email Jan for prices.
$2460: Standard King (1 available)
$2460: Standard with two twin beds (2 available)
$2265: Jr. Suite with two double beds (3 available)
$2265: Jr. Suite with king-size bed (3 available)
$2720: Suite with 2 double beds (3 available)
$2720: Suite with king-size bed (3 available)
Room choice is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Hacienda de las Flores provides photos and descriptions of the rooms here.
When you register and pay your deposit, please select your room choice and roommate, if any.
Itinerary (may be subject to slight changes)
Friday, Oct. 28th:
Meet in the garden of Hacienda de las Flores for welcome cocktails and botanas (hors d'oeuvres). Time of get-together to be announced.
Saturday, Oct. 29th
That evening, Jan will escort those who are interested to the Fabrica de la Aurora art walk. This annual event is guaranteed to be vibrant with live music, local art, and people in Day of the Dead costume.
Sunday, Oct. 30th
Over lunch, a local guest will talk about Day of the Dead and its traditions, and what is involved with making an altar. In the late afternoon, we will go to the local markets to buy our items for our altar (marigolds, sugar skulls, and other traditional items).
After shopping, Jan will introduce those who are interested to her favorite rooftop bar.
Monday, Oct. 31st.
We will create our altar at the Hacienda de las Flores.
For those who are interested, in the evening we will meet at the jardín (main plaza) to hand out candy to local kids who are dressed in absolutely adorable costumes. This is also a good time to walk around town and visit various altars. Jan will guide you to these beauties.
Tuesday, Nov. 1st.
In the morning, we will go to the local panteón (cemetery), and then return to the Hacienda for lunch and an afternoon in the studio.
In the early evening, for those who are interested, we will meet to get our faces painted and head to the jardín to join in the festivities. For an additional cost, a local professional will paint your face with the design of your choice. You can add a floral crown (or bring your own hat)! Men in the group can don a black top hat.
Jan, in catrina costume, below on the right, will provide more details on what you can bring from home to create your costume.
Tuesday, Nov. 2nd.
Last day of the workshop.
Last night's activities TBA.
Supplies list coming soon.
Travel FAQ here.
Entrance to Hacienda de las Flores
Mercado San Juan de Dios
Trick or Treat!
Altar at the local Panteón
Your host, Jan Davis