• San Miguel de Allende
  • Mexico



Day one, February 25. Everyone will meet in Houston to make the flight to Leon. A driver will gather you to drive the 1.5 hours to San Miguel where we will be waiting for you, margaritas in hand and a few snacks. Introductions all around before you settle in for the night.

Day 2, February 26.  Breakfast is served in the patio and then we will head up to the studio where John will lead using charcoal, paper and transfer techniques through the nuts and bolts of picture making and design. Lynn and John will share exercises to strengthen your drawing and design skills. This is loose and free, but information that will inform your art making for years to come. Lunch will be served and that evening, we will head to our friend Michael Coon's beautiful casa and kitchen for a cooking class. 

Day 3, February 27. After breakfast, John will start the day with wonderful ways to separate the face into shapes using cut colored paper and collage.

We'll break for lunch and then Lynn and John will continue in the afternoon with techniques to build faces with layers of collage, drawing and painting. There will be free time this afternoon before we walk to the Rosewood Hotel for a drink at sunset and dinner at the nearby Hecho Restaurante. 

Day four, February 28. Breakfast, then Surfaces! So much fun here as we play with unconventional materials to build textured layers. Great surfaces add depth, interest and mystery to your drawing and painting. Lunch at the B&B and some free time before heading to Azotea for jicama tacos.

Muse - the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist or thinker

Join this creative artist duo, John the draftsman, Lynn the intuit, as they shake up your thinking and crack open your creativity. With unconventional drawing and painting techniques and a fresh approach to the rules of design, you will create using the face, head and shoulders as your Muse. 

Our studio in San Miguel de Allende is surrounded by windows with a patio/deck that also can be used as we paint. There, we will spend time creating with John and Lynn as we soak up the atmosphere of beautiful San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO heritage site. With its cobble-stoned streets, beautiful light and colorful buildings, you will be inspired everywhere you turn. 


This Escape includes

  • 8 nights accommodation, double occupancy at Casa de Noche
  • welcome celebration
  • aiport pickup/drop off at designated time at Leon airport
  • five days of workshops with John and Lynn
  • all meals except for one lunch and one dinner
  • Special class with local mojiganges master (the large puppets)
  • farewell celebration
  • two cooking classes
  • new art tribe

Price: $3,500, limited to 12 people based on double occupancy  Trip is full

A $1,000 non refundable deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due November 1. 

Price does not include airfare to/from Mexico

Price is based on shared accommodations, limited single rooms are available for an additional $680

Airport: Leon International Airport, Guanajuato, Mexico. Code: BJX There is a United direct flight from Houston that arrives in Guanajuato at 6:30 pm. We will have a driver pick you up and deliver you to the hotel which will take about 1.5 hours. We will leave at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 for the 12:30 pm United flight to Houston.

Casa de la Noche, a former bordello is owned by Barbara Poole, also an artist who supports the arts in San Miguel de Allende. Her beautifully renovated B&B is five minutes from the zocolo. 

This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities or the whim of the group. 

Day five, March 1. Breakfast then Lynn and John will encourage play and discovery as we combine all of these techniques and fully explore painting and drawing with the face. We will break for lunch and there will be free time and dinner is on your own tonight. 

Day six, March 2. Breakfast, then we will Make art! Going deeper, pushing our designs and surfaces to a new level, and of course enjoying the process. Lunch will be provided and there will be free time in the afternoon before our cooking class with Ana Elena, a caterer and pastry chef from Puebla

Day seven, March 3. Breakfast and a half day in the studio with Lynn then you are on your own before we have our class with mojiganga master, Hermes Arroyo around 3:00. These delightful puppets are created and made with love in Arroyo's home with the whole family pitching in. Afterward, we will head to La Sirena for ginger margaritas and dinner.

Day eight, March 4. Breakfast, then it's a free day with lunch on your own before our final meal together this evening at our friend Paco Cardenas's home overlooking the city. It is a special treat.

Day nine, March 5.  We leave at 8:30 a.m. to make the 12:30 pm flight to Houston where we will say adios as everyone heads off for home. 

John Whipple is an experienced art director, graphic designer, illustrator and muralist with work in TV and movie productions at Universal, Disney and Nickelodeon studios. Now, he creates his funky, whimsical paintings, sculptures and assemblages at the studios his parents founded in Winter Park, Florida, the McRae Art Studios where he and Lynn both have studios. His work is found in galleries and shows across the country and he has been published world wide. 

Lynn Whipple loves what she does. She paints, collages, assembles and plays - a lot. Her artwork is collected by arts lovers around the world and her playful style of arts has been shown in galleries, published in magazines and in art shows across the U.S. Her current work can be seen at J.A. Willy Gallery in Naples, FL. She also teaches online workshops.