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Program Fee - $3,420


  • Tuition

  • Taxi from Leon Airport to Guanajuato

  • Bed & Breakfast Lodging

  • Breakfast everyday

  • most lunches

  • Printmaking supplies (Rives BFK paper, Thai Kozo Paper, printmaking inks, acrylic paints, blocks, and tools)

  • Museum entrance fees

  • Field Trips

  • Farewell dinner

Does NOT include:

  • Roundtrip Airfare to Mexico

  • Transportation to/from PDX airport

  • Passport fees

  • Personal expenses

  • Some meals

  • Personal art supplies (sketchbook, drawing tools, paintbrushes, etc)



Monotype book

Monotype book


8 credits
Program dates: june 21-july 7, 2019
faculty: Mandee Schroer, Adjunct Professor of Art


Immerse yourself for a two week intensive in Guanajuato, Mexico, a UN World Heritage city, rich with Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Revolutionary history. A Printmaking & Mixed Media course where students learn or refine various printmaking skills and consider how placard location influence ideas and translate into a an artistic production. A contemporary and historical look into printmaking, art and culture will be examined during studio time. Monoprint, Drypoint, Pronto plate and Relief block printmaking techniques will be explored as well as mixed-media modes of art making. Class time will be primary spent in the studio, and on field trips to neighboring towns, villages, museums and galleries.


None! although printmaking, drawing, painting or other art experience would be beneficial.

The studio

Pirimidal Grafica is owned and operated by artists Hugo Anaya, Jim Hibbard and Jim’s wife Jenny Hibbard. It is a private art center located within a two-century old stone wall with patios and adjacent gardens close to Guanajuato. The studio houses two Ray Trayles presses with approxiatley 1,200 square feet of work space. The studio has an abundance of natural, beautiful light.

Field Trips & Museums

  • San Miguel de Allende

  • Diego Rivera Museum

  • Alhonidga de Granaditas

  • Mummy Museum

  • El Pipila Monument

  • Dolores Hidalgo

  • La Valenciana (Iglesia de San Cayetano)

  • San Gabriel de Barrerras


location & history

Silver mining

Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s famous silver cities, built with the wealth of the colonial mineral mines. It was named a UN World Heritage city in 1988. The Aztecs and Otomis were known inhabitants of the Guanajuato region dating back to pre-hispanic times. Mining was active ling before the Spanish arrived and after. In the 18th century it was the world’s leading silver extraction center making it the richest city in Mexico for much of the early colonial period. The area continues to be mined for silver.

Mexico’s Art

Mexico printmaking history dates back to the 1500’s as a form of catholic conversion of the natives, which was used to print readings and images. Mexico is also rich with art and culture, including but not limited to textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and contemporary art. Guanajuato is also the birth place of Diego Rivera, one of the most influential Mexican painters.


The city has been home to the University of Guanajuato since the 1732. It currently serves approximately 30,000 students. Other attractions include the Mummy Museum containing natural mummified bodies that were in the municipal cemetery between the mid 19th and 20th centuries. Guanajuato also host an International Film Festival during the summer months of July & August.


Guanajuato is a city split by a small river and hilly terrain. The streets follow the extreme irregularity of the terrain, with small alleyways, plazas and in some cases steep staircases up hillsides. It is hight in elevation and often rains in the summer months.

Elevation: 6,600 feet
Average Temperatures in June/July: 70-80*