Arts & Crafts classes
In Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara Language Center has established a unique Culture & Community project, ideal for creative students with an artistic flair. Based in Tlaquepaque, located around 5 minutes walking from the school center, placements can be arranged in a local ceramic workshop.
Tlaquepaque, along with Tonala, another district of Guadalajara are famed for their production of traditional Mexican crafts, and both areas are home to a large number of workshops. Local artisans predominantly produce ceramic and pottery works, which are sold in local markets and to customers around the world.
|Guadalajara Language Center works with Ceramic 1, a family owned workshop founded around 25 years ago. In the early days the workshop only produced decorative tiles, but today a team of around four artisans work to make wall plaques, jugs and wash basins as well as tiles decorated in both traditional and modern styles. The majority of their products are made to order and clients include Mexican hotels as well as German and Canadian customers.|
Guadalajara Language Center works with Ceramic 1, a family owned workshop founded around 25 years ago. In the early days the workshop only produced decorative tiles, but today a team of around four artisans work to make wall plaques, jugs and wash basins as well as tiles decorated in both traditional and modern styles. The majority of their products are made to order and clients include Mexican hotels as well as German and Canadian customers.
This project enables creative students to become craftspeople and get involved in the production of basic ceramic works, from start to finish.
Your placement will be broken down into phases and you will spend time working on each stage of the production of ceramics. Firstly you will learn and assist in making moulds, before mixing clay and casting various ceramic items. Following this you will be able to hand paint your own designs onto your creations, taking inspiration from your experiences in Mexico and the work of the artisans around you.
Finally you will learn how to glaze your product, before it is fired in the kiln; the final stage in the production of ceramics. After all of this, you will have a variety of items that you can take home to family and friends.
Ceramic 1 is a friendly workshop, with a relaxed atmosphere, that allows students to get involved in the production of their own ceramic wares. You will learn about the production process, and the local artisans will be wiling to chat about their work, depending on your knowledge of Spanish!
Price : $ 3,000.00 PESOS
Duration : 2 weeks (20 hours)
Days : Flexible. Schedule can be organized by student
Included in the price :
Tlaquepaque is a fantastic city for anybody interested in art and traditional craft making.
Many workshops throughout Tlaquepaque and Tonala are open to the public for browsing or buying and there are regular street markets selling large quantities of locally made handicrafts. In addition Guadalajara is home to many Art Galleries and the World Heritage site of Hospicio Cabaņas houses a large modern art collection as well as stunning murals in the chapel by the highly acclaimed Mexican artist, Jose Clemente Orozco.