This class focuses on introducing the history and folkways of nichos, an originating colonial art form and folk tradition of Latin America and the making of these small shrines. Objects shed a brighter light on a history than most written documents. The first half of class will focus on a discussion of its history and tradition following the recreation of making our own individual nicho. We will learn about the art and aesthetics of nichos through an in-class viewing of a small physical collection on loan. Whereas this cultural art has been antiquated, we will explore how the construction of nichos has changed over time and compare their more contemporary encounters. This class offers an opportunity to listen, discuss, and make all in one afternoon.
Class will be led by local artist Tamara Becerra Valdez. She received her BFA in Studio Art and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Valdez has worked alongside staff at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. She is self-publishing a series of field guides inspired by the Texas landscape, planning a series of works to include in an exhibition at Mexic-Arte in the Summer of 2015, and driving to the Hill Country to collect wildflowers and take pictures of those found.
This program is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills for singing. The instructor will help you learn music in a style that caters to your musical interest and unleashes your creativity. Whether you want to sing for enjoyment, chorus or auditions, this program will help you reach your full potential. Limited space available; beginners level I-III.
Interested in learning to advance your guitar skills? During this 8 week program students will learn to further their abilities in reading music, discuss music theory and be introduced to additional skills of playing Mexican Folk Music. Limited space available; beginners level I-III.
Guitar I: April 7 – May 29
Guitar II: June 2 – July 24
Guitar III: August 4 – Sept 25
Saturdays, through May 30th
FREE // 10:00am
Enjoy a relaxing and revitalizing class that will strengthen your physically, mentally and emotionally! Limited mats and towels provided; space available on a first come basis. Skill level is beginner to intermediate.