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Oaxacan Alebrije Painting Class for Youth

April 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Alebrije artist Carlos Orozco is returning to Chicago from Oaxaca and will be teaching more alebrije painting classes! This class is geared towards young people and their families; children can participate on their own, or parents are welcome to take the class together with their children.

This class will be hosted by Revolutionary Lemonade Stand, a social justice store and art gallery in Pilsen (

Tickets can be purchased here:

Carlos directs the indigenous artists’ collective Puech Ikots ( in Oaxaca, Mexico and is a skilled wood carver and painter who works in the tradition of alebrijes. Alebrijes are the colorful carved wooden animals that are well-known in Mexican folk art.

In this class, Carlos will teach the history and significance of the alebrije in Oaxacan culture. He will demonstrate the technique for wood carving and explain the process of creating alebrijes. All participants will receive their own pre-carved, unpainted alebrije to paint. Several different alebrije animals will be available and you will get to choose the one you like best! There will be two sizes, small (approx. 3 inches tall) and large (approx. 4-5 inches tall and thicker than a small alebrije). All alebrijes for this class were individually hand-carved from tropical copal wood by the members of the Puech Ikots collective especially for this event, and brought to Chicago from Oaxaca by Carlos. With Carlos’s one-on-one guidance you will create a unique alebrije in your own personal style to take home!
The proceeds from this class support the artists’ collective in Oaxaca.

All paint and necessary materials will be provided. Spaces are limited! One person per alebrije (no shared registrations, sorry). All ages are welcome to participate.


April 2, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Puech Ikots


Revolutionary Lemonade Stand
2315 S Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60608 United States
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