Learn to explore and create these indigenous paintings of gratitude used in Mexico for centuries to offer thanks to the saints for recoveries from misfortune.
Come and learn to explore and create these indigenous paintings of gratitude used in Mexico for centuries to offer thanks to the saints for recoveries from misfortune.
Ex-voto art is an indigenous, often moving, and sometimes even funny, way of showing gratitude. It offers a window into the everyday life of common people in Mexico. Moreover, it is a testament to their faith and creativity. In this course you will learn more about this ancient art, and you will create your own panel under the guidance of Ann, who is herself an artist and creator of ex-voto paintings. Panels could be based around personal adversity, or gratitude, or any subject that you feel is relevant. You will leave the course with your own personal artwork based on personal reflections. Your panel will be approximately 200mm x 290mm.
On completion of this course, you will:
Anyone eager to understand and create an ex voto painting. This is a very personal exercise so suitable for anyone who wants to either acknowledge adversity and/or give thanks.
All course material will be provided. It would be beneficial for participants to give consideration to the event they want to portray and the related narratives. Bring your lunch.
I am interested in art experiences that require reflection and resolution. Ex-voto painting has a long history initially religion based and in modern times used by everyday people to record and explore their unique experiences and outcomes. Frida Kahlo is an excellent example of this form of painting.