October 30 – November 11, 2019 – KEVIN MACPHERSON ART/PHOTOGRAPHY
Theme: “Art Ambassador for a Colorful World Art Mentoring, Photography and Art Projects with Mayan Children”
Trip Cost (Double/Triple Occupancy): $3212
See flight information at the bottom of this description
Art Ambassador and Xela AID present this exciting retreat for artists, photographers and people who appreciate art! Join us for a deeply enriching cultural experience where you’ll meet local people clad in the colorful attire of the Maya! Your journey will be rife with beautiful and varied landscapes and architecture on this highly recommended adventure where you will be able to “take thousands of pictures for painting reference for years to come,” notes Master PleinAir Artist Kevin Macpherson. Your expert guides will take you through Guatemala’s most beautiful places, and you will enjoy mentoring and critique sessions with Kevin. Participants can paint the stunning vistas and people of the colonial city of Antigua, the highlands Quiché-Maya city of Quetzaltenango (Xela), the rural Mám-Maya village of San Martín Chiquito, and breathtaking Lake Atitlán. Grow your expertise while you mentor budding young Mayan artists. Note that all model fees are included.
Accommodations: Antigua (Aurora Hotel), Xela (Bonifaz), Atitlan (Casa del Mundo)
Orientation Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 9 AM-Noon (call-in information will be provided)
To maximize your painting experience, Kevin has scouted all destinations for best painting locations. He will offer happy hour critiques and helpful advice for furthering your career as a painter. During our formal orientation by phone, Kevin will suggest supplies.
October 30 – After arriving in Guatemala at 6 PM, we will travel together to the magnificent Colonial City of Antigua, founded in the 16th century. While our luggage is being offloaded at our comfortable hotel conveniently located near Parque Central, we will enjoy a hosted dinner at one of Antigua’s most notable eateries.
October 31-Nov. 2 – For the next several days, we will explore this multifaceted city, photographing and painting in its many colorful and diverse corners. Artists will take advantage of morning light and the exquisite scenery of Antigua to photograph and paint. Those wishing to explore the city may take in a jade or chocolate museum or shop at any one of a selection of fine stores. On our last night at this location, we’ll enjoy a hosted dinner at the world renown 16th Century ruin, the Santa Domingo Monastery.
Nov. 3 – We will take advantage of the morning light, and at approximately 11 AM, we will leave for Quetzaltenango (“Xela”) in the Guatemalan highlands. We will stop for lunch at a well-known traditional eatery, and take stops along the way as needed before arriving in the late afternoon and checking into our comfortable accommodations located right at town center in one of the most paintable locations in the region!
During our stay in Xela, all breakfasts and lunches are hosted and an optional group dinner will be arranged for each evening showcasing the various cuisines Xela has to offer.
Nov. 4, 5 – Xela is alive with color, culture, texture and tradition. After meeting for our breakfast, we’ll spend our first full day there photographing and painting, including in the central park, Parque Central, featuring a 16th Century church.
Nov 6, 7 – After an early breakfast, we’ll set out for the village of San Martín Chiquito nestled at 8500 amidst rolling hills and cornfields. During our three days in this village where the local language is Mám-Maya, we will enjoy the comforts of the headquarters of our partner Xela AID, a community development organization. We will combine painting and service projects, working side by side with the people of the region who will also serve models during painting session! Participants will meet local artists sponsored by Art Ambassador who, with their intimate knowledge of the area, will lead photo and painting tours to places off the beaten path. Each day we’ll enjoy a homemade, hosted, authentic Mayan meal prepared and served by women who’ve completed chef training. Participants will also receive a back-strap weaving demonstration, and will have the opportunity to take lessons in the ancient art, as well as participate in a Mayan cooking class that includes a trip to a local market (weaving and cooking lesson carries a nominal additional cost). Participants in the weaving class will keep their authentic backstrap loom!
At Lake Atitlan, delicious, homemade breakfasts and lunches are available daily, no-host, while your multi-course dinners are included each evening!
Nov 8, 9, 10 – We will leave especially early this morning to get to Panajachel, the renown marketplace at Lake Atitlán, to tour, photograph and paint (if time permits). We will take private launches to our stunning accommodation, chalets perched on the edge of an ancient volcano caldera nestled amidst tropical gardens! During our stay at the Lake, artists will paint to their heart’s delight while all may choose to Kayak, or take a hike to the 16th Century church at Santa Cruz, including stunning vistas perfect to photograph and paint! Those who wish may take an optional excursion to meet Mariano Chabajay, one of Guatemala’s most famous artists, at his studio-home in San Pedro de Laguna (dependent on artist’s schedule). One evening, join us to soak in a fire-heated hot tub with views of the Lake against a backdrop of stars. On our last night, we will enjoy a farewell dinner and celebration.
Nov 11 – Enjoy a last delicious breakfast then retreat to the grounds to capture photographs or paint in the spectacular gardens and morning light against the backdrop of soaring twin volcanoes. Sometime mid-morning we will make our way by launch to Panajachel where you can continue photographing or pursue last-minute deals for woven and other local art from the four corners of Guatemala. After a leisurely lunch on your own, we’ll head for Guatemala City. You’ll take with you memories and new friendships sure to last a lifetime!
FLIGHT BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: These suggested flights are from Los Angeles. If you are not traveling from Los Anglees, or you are but choose a different outbound option, MAKE SURE to arrive in Guatemala no later than 6 PM October 30th to join the group. Please make your return flight out no sooner than 6 PM November 11th.
OUTBOUND DAYTIME FLIGHT – If you are flying from LAX, we recommend this flight: Avianca AV525 leaving LAX October 30th at or near 11:35 AM, arriving Guatemala 5:15
RETURN EVENING FLIGHT: Please not NOT book a return flight that leaves prior to 6 PM on November 11th. We suggest this inbound flight unless you are not flying to LAX, or you plan to stay over in GC after the group leaves. Avianca AV640 leaving GC on November 11th at between 6 and 8 pm (time varies) arriving LAX near 11:40 PM.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your trip leaders with questions about this trip.
|Event End Date||11-10-2019|
|Application Start Date||07-13-2017|
|Cut off date||10-30-2019|
|Cost (Dbl/Tpl Occu.)||$3,212|
|Location||Xela AID Guatemala|