IMAS holding Winter Texan Workshops 

McALLEN — Taking place every third Saturday from December through March from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the International Museum of Art and Science is introducing four workshops for Winter Texans: Mexican Embroidery, Landscapes, Milagros Hoop Art and Floral Painting. 

Open to beginning and experienced artists, each workshop will provide a guided tour of a current fine art exhibit followed by a studio art-making activity. Refreshments will be provided.

IMAS teaching artist Lisa Cortez is educating attendees about the origin of Tenango embroidery on December 21. Tenango embroidery is a distinctive Mexican fiber art form. 

In addition to the learning experience, participants will also create their own Tenango embroidery piece.

IMAS teaching artist Roni Cortez will lead the landscape workshop on Jan. 19, 2020. Aside from exploring the history of landscapes with a behind-the-scenes look at artwork in the museum’s collection, participants are open to paint with acrylics. 

IMAS teaching artist Valerie Escamilla will lead the final two workshops: Milagros Hoop Art on Feb. 15 and Floral Painting on March 21.


Milagros Hoop Art (Courtesy Photo)

Commonly used in Mexican folk art, milagros are small metal charms. The workshop will teach participants about the folk art and give them an opportunity to create a mixed-media work of art using milagros, felt and embroidery

The final workshop, Floral Painting, will explore various watercolor techniques with different watercolor types and applications. In order to encourage experimentation for their own floral design, a still-life bouquet of flowers will be provided for a starting-point composition. 

Limited to 15 participants, the Winter Texan workshops are $10 per event. Included in the workshop fee is general admission on the day of the workshop. IMAS members receive a discount. 

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