Art & Fun Workshop in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

with Zahava Sharez

November 2-10, 2018

All levels are welcome - from complete beginners to mature artists.

Choose from one of the following

Clay Mono Printing

 Clay monoprinting is a printing technique using a slab of clay.

Beginners: will learn the technique and take home at least 7 original prints.

Vets: the sky is the limit. You will be exploring new approaches, tricks, treats and new printing materials.

Stone Carving

We will work with Cantera, a wonderful Mexican stone.
Beginners: will learn all steps of manual stone carving with the aim to finishing one piece.
Vets: you’ll experience working with a new kind of stone uncovering it’s qualities and possibilities. Many colors to choose from.

About Zahava Sherez

Zahava has been making art using stone, clay, bronze, and multi media for over 30 years. She has been teaching it all for the last 25 years.
Her work is in private and corporate collections in both coasts of the US, Israel, Europe, and Australia. She has shown her work from New York to Paris, from California to Corsica.
Zahava teaches in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
You can learn more by visiting her webpage –
Read the in depth interview –

Workshop Schedule

Day 1 – Friday, November 2, 9-1 class + lunch, break, Día de Los Muertos*** tour.
Day 2 – Saturday, November 3, 9-1 class + lunch, free work/Chapala Malecón/free time/personal treatments.
Day 3 – Sunday, November 4, 9-1 class + lunch, free work/free time/personal treatments
Day 4 – Monday, November 5, day trip Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Tonalá****
Day 5 – Tuesday, November 6, 9-1 class, lunch and afternoon in downtown Ajijic
Day 6 – Wednesday, November 7, Tianguis in Ajijic + visit 3 artist studios: an oil painter, a weaver, a stone carver.
Day 7 – Thursday, November 8, 9-1 class + lunch, free work/free time/personal treatments
Day 8 – Friday, November 9, 9-1 class + lunch, Féria de Los Maestros del Arte Mexicano*****
Day 9 – Saturday, November 10, 9-1 class, 2nd day of Féria/free time, farewell dinner at Zahava’s with local artists and guests

Registration & Fees

  • Total for workshop, events and tours (see bellow) – $1,350 US
  • Spouses and partners are welcome. Their fee is $650 US Includes all events and tours except classes.
  • To register send name, address, phone, email, choice stone/clayprint to, spouse/partner
  • Register early! Class size is limited to 10 participants to ensure a high level of personal guidance (min 5 participants)
  • $675 US required at registration.
  • Full payment due by October 2nd, 2018
  • Cancellation: Down payment returned in full if cancelled by July 15th, 2018. From July 16th to September 15th, 2018 – 50% of down payment returned. No refund after September 15th, 2018.

What's Included

  • 7 days of teaching stone carving and clay monoprints – choose one!
  • Lunch provided after class during 5 of the 7 days
  • All supplies (except personal stone carving tools and safety equipment; detailed list upon registration).
  • Días de Los Muertos*** an evening event – Experience this wonderful tradition in Downtown Chapala and in Ajijic cemetery.
  • Day trip – Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Tonalá**** (transportation and guide).
  • Day trip to Ajijic + Visit 3 studios – painter, weaver, stone sculptor
  • Personal health treatment, choose one from these options:
*Homeopathic massage, *Shiatsu massage, *podiatrist (this is not your parent’s podiatrist, this doctor will make you walk on clouds and your feet will feel like a baby’s butt), *amazing facial with Connie (add US$20 to total cost), *wonderful hair cut/color with Dana (add US$20 to total cost)

What's Not Included

  • Air fare (Check Volaris and Aeromexico – direct flights from airports in the SF Bay Area, San Jose, LA, and New York to Guadalajara). Other airlines to Guadalajara: Delta, Alaska, American.
  • Transportation from Guadalajara to Chapala (40-45 mins cab ride for about $400 pesos = US$20-25, may be a bit higher by October-November ‘18 also depends on exchange rate).
  • Lunches on days of special activities (up to $7 for great food)
  • Dinners (up to US$10-15 for great meals)
  • Lodging (prices vary). October-November is high season here in Chapala. Book early to make sure you have choices for lodging. Here are some good suggestions, all walking distance to workshop location:
  • 1. Properties of Xochi Queztal Artist Residency
  • 2. AB&B – I have not stayed in any of these, check for yourself:     Apartment with Terrace  * Condomino Real  *  El Balcon  *  Suite Bugambilia   * Private Room in Apartment 
  • 3. Hotels – recommended to me, I’ve seen them but haven’t stayed there:  Quinta Quetzalcoatl * Lake Chapala Inn * Hotel Villa San Francisco


  • Several afternoons you can choose to keep working rather than participate in activities.
  • Cash – Get $500 pesos at the exchange at the Guadalajara airport, that will cover Taxi + tip (10% +). From then on use your debit card at any ATM in Chapala for better rates. There are also exchanges in Chapala if you prefer.
  • Exchange rate between MX peso to US $ changes daily. This past year it has fluctuated MX$17-20 = US$1
  • Entering Mexico you will be given a stamped piece of paper, that’s your Visa! Keep it safe as you’ll need it when leaving the country.
  • Clothing – most days it’s sunny, gorgeous, mid 70’s. Cools down in the evenings and nights. Bring comfortable clothes you can layer up. No AC or heating anywhere.
  • Bring sturdy and comfortable walking shoes – this is a fabulous Mexican Pueblo with cobble stones and broken sidewalks.