Art Classes for Winners

The five winners were awarded a scholarship (as well as supplies and transportation) to study at the highly-regarded art school, Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca City. Mariano Pineda Matus, the Taller’s director, and Carlomagno, an alumnus of the Taller, designed a special three-month-long course of study. Students were offered not only courses in their area of production, but also other types of artistic media, including engraving, painting, ceramics and wood carving.  Exposure to these other art forms helps young artisans to refine their techniques.

FOFA awarded each of the five winners a creative course designed by Maestro Mariano Pineda, graphic artist and director of Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo. Maestro Pineda, pictured at right, customized a workshop for each student to provide training in the artist’s medium and exposure to new areas such as engraving, painting, ceramics and woodcarving. This is helping the young artists refine and enhance the scope of their technique. FOFA funded the first three months of this daily course, including materials and transportation.


Impressed with its impact on these talented young people, the Taller generously extended the workshop scholarships for an additional three months. Maestro Pineda explained to FOFA how inspired he was by the students.  For instance, Justina Xuana Fabián, the winner in decorative painting of woodcarving, had painted only small geometric shapes until, with the help of her talented teacher, she learned how to use perspective, creating work on different planes. She is also beginning to think about the use of light in her work.  Weaver Isaac Armando Martínez Lazo never before had held a paintbrush and was accustomed to working only in strict geometric forms. Assigned the task of transforming an ordinary paperback into a book of paintings, this 15-year-old  has tapped into creativity of which he previously had been unaware.


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