An amazing week on a mountain top artists colony in San Miguel De Allende Mexico with Matthew learning how to use architecture, gardens, and all your surroundings for designing jewelry.  No previous jewelry experience is needed only a desire to learn about jewelry design using my "Urban jewelry design sketching " techniques.  February 2023 is full, but I am taking names for the next tour February 2024. If you are interested fill out the link at the bottom of the page, to be put on the list for the next trip.

February 2023  Itinerary:

Sunday February 12/Day 1: Fly into (BJX) Leon/Guanajuato or (QRO) Queretaro Airport, MX.  Eduardo our private drive will pick up the group at the airport.

Meet in the center of town for dinner the El Jardin (the Garden), have dinner at one of the courtyard garden restaurants with the group. After dinner stroll around the historical city in the evening listen to the Mariachi bands.

Monday February 13/Day 2: wake up and meet in the El Jardin for Breakfast with the group in a courtyard restaurant. After breakfast we will discuss how a jewelry designer see and uses architecture to design jewelry and go through a drawing lesson on "Urban jewelry design sketching".  Then we will take a walking tour and lunch of the historical downtown of San Miguel De Allende with out private tour guide Horacio that will last four hours. During the walk we will point out and discuss interesting architecture inspiring for jewelry designs and how it can be used in a design.  (Bring good walking shoes and a walking stick). The sidewalks and street are cobblestone, and you must watch where you are walking.  After the tour we will take a Siesta (nap) break because we are all old. Then we will meet in the center of town for dinner the El Jardin (the Garden), have dinner at one of the courtyard garden restaurants with the group and talk about the jewelry designs.  After dinner there will be a surprise.

Tuesday February 14/ Day 3: wake up and meet in the El Jardin for Breakfast with the group in a courtyard restaurant. After breakfast we will walk to the Galleria San Francisco and meet Rhoda Draws (yes that is her real legal name) there. Rhoda will give a lesson on urban street drawing. After the lesson we will go with Rhoda and she will show us the great places to draw the amazing architecture of San Miguel. Then we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant then go with Rhoda and finish draw the city. Then we will have Siesta (nap) time again. Then we will meet in the center of town for dinner the El Jardin (the Garden), have dinner at one of the courtyard garden restaurants with the group. After dinner you are on your own to explore.

Wednesday February 15/Day 4: wake up you are on your own for breakfast. My suggestion would be to walk down to the market and get some fresh fruit coffee and some of the local Atole de Avena (Mexican Oatmeal) and explore. I will be joining the local Urban sketchers group to draw, anyone is welcome to join the group. You just show up with a pencil and paper. Then we will meet in the El Jardin at noon to head to the Hot springs. The hot spring Escondido Place or La Gruta Spa is an amazing spa with many hot spring pools, restaurant, massages, and more. We will spend the afternoon there, have lunch at one of the outdoor cafes, and talk about how the beautiful gardens surrounding us inspire jewelry designs.  After a short Siesta (nap) (LOL). Then we will meet in the center of town for dinner the El Jardin (the Garden), have dinner at one of the courtyard garden restaurants with the group. After dinner we will make our way to the Teatro Angela Peralta to watch a Mexican Flamenco show which is different than a Spanish Flamenco show.


Thursday February 16/ Day 5:   wake up you are on your own for breakfast. Then we will meet in the El Jardin at 8:45 am and board the Vans with Horacio our private tour guide and make our way to Guanajuato. Guanajuato is the birthplace where the silver in Mexico was discovered. It is also the birthplace of the Artist Diego Rivera. We will also visit the Guanajuato Mummies and a local Hacienda. Guanajuato is an amazing city that will make you feel like you are in Europe with the amazing architecture, gardens and fountains. During the walking tour through Guanajuato we will point out and discuss interesting inspiring architecture for jewelry designs and how it can be used in a design. We will get back in the evening and dinner you will be on your own.

Friday February 17/Day 6: wake up and meet in the El Jardin for Breakfast with the group in a courtyard restaurant. At breakfast we will talk about our jewelry designs that we have worked on through the week.  After breakfast we will do a walking tour to meet the local jewelers and donate supplies we have brought for them to help their businesses.  We will then go to the Arte Instituto where jewelry is being taught to young Mexican students.  then we will have lunch at one of the local restaurants. Then after the walking tour we will take a Siesta (nap) (Lol not as a group). Then we will go to the home of Bill and Howard for an amazing cocktail party along with many local artists. Bill and Howard moved to San Miguel De Allende after they retired in the US and now have a jewelry studio in their home. Their home is lets just say "a museum" and the love to give tours of the property. They are both amazing individuals that have given so much to the people of San Miguel to make their lives better.

Saturday February 18/Day 7:  wake up and meet in the El Jardin for Breakfast with the group in a courtyard restaurant. After breakfast I will give a demo on making your designs look amazing.  We will choose our best designs and polish them up for presentation.  Then break off and explore and shop, have lunch on your own. Then we will meet in the center of town for dinner the El Jardin (the Garden), have dinner at one of the courtyard garden restaurants with the group. After dinner get drunk and sing with the Mariachi bands.

Sunday February 18/Day 8: Eduardo will drive everyone to the airport and fly home.   The end

I want to go !!!! put me on the list!!!

Those going on the adventure must make a $100.00 donation to the GO Fund Me after your spot is confirmed. 100% of Money will go towards buying tools and supplies for the artists in San Miguel.  Of course you are more than welcome,  and encouraged to donate more than the $100.00 :)