For those wishing to arrive early or stay late to pursue art classes, we will use this page to compile information that might be helpful for you. I hope current and past participants will also help us to expand this.
The current cultural events calendar for Oaxaca is El Jolgorio, which tells about art shows, concerts, poetry readings, and much more. This might be a place to look into back issues to get ideas about which institutions offer art classes.
An online calendar of events is Qué Pasa Oaxaca.
Here are some starting places:
La Curtiduría (an art center)
Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (el IAGO)
Centro de Artes San Agustín (el CASA) in San Agustín Etla, a small town about 30 minutes from Oaxaca; you get there using a collective taxi
Espacio Zapata (studio of the revolutionary street artists and graphic artists, on Porfirio Díaz now); also, look for ASARO, Espacio Zapata, and Yescka Guerrilla Art on Facebook
Arte Jaguar (another collective of street artists; their page offers “Participa!”)
We can also recommend that you contact Paco González if you wish to pay to learn how to make natural dyes. Email him to set something up (must write in Spanish): zapocactus [at] yahoo [dot] com. Or, telephone him: 951-52-4-47-72
And we can locate contact information for a potter in Atzompa; just ask us. We might be able to set something up with the women potters in Tlapazola.
And, I found this announcement on a blog:
Oaxaca Cultural Navigator offers arts workshops, residencies and retreats either in the village of Teotitlan del Valle or Oaxaca city. We know many fine artists personally and are happy to make connections with you for a private workshop. We also organize weaving, natural dyeing, clothing design, photography, creative writing and other types of learning experiences that bring you closer to the people and their culture.