Marti McGinnis offers Paper Mache Workshops in San Miguel de Allende in collaboration with Meagan Burns and her Art Leap Adventures.  Meagan is an artistic dynamo in San Miguel de Apllende, Mexico. Be sure to check her out!

Marti walks you through the entire process from creating your own unique armature (underlying structure of your piece) all the way through the mixing and application of the paper mache medium and painting your finished piece!

Paper Mache Level 1

A two-day paper mache workshop, where you’ll create your own paper mache creature. Bring your sense of creative fun + your fresh idea, and prepare to learn the basics of paper mache!

THE PROMISE: Participants will learn how to create their own sculpture (about 12” tall) using traditional paper mache techniques. 

THE EXPERIENCE:
• Tips on how to plan a sculpture 
• Demonstration of armature creation 
• Hands on measuring and mixing the paper mache medium 
• Hands on understanding and practice on how to create a secure armature using easily obtained media.
• Finally, creatives will finish their piece using techniques (bottom and top coat paint) that tie together their original vision with their paper mache structure. 

AGENDA DAY ONE:
• Discussion of the technique.
• A short history of paper mache
• Paper mache in Mexico
• Discussion of instructor examples
• Individual discussion of student plans

Hands On Activities 
• Mix and heat paper mace paste (everyone gets a chance to mix and stir)
• Create armature using scrunched paper wads, wire, sticks and masking tape
• Rip newspaper into strips
• Learn how to apply the slurry
• Carefully and systematically apply several layers of paper mache onto armature
• If possible allow for some sun drying in between layers  
End of Day One

AGENDA DAY TWO:
• Sand out unwanted rough spots
• Apply paper clay to fill in unwanted gaps
• Paint base color, let dry
• Paint next layer, let dry
• Paint finishing touches, let dry
End of Workshop – time to decide where to display your piece!

Sign Up Now!

See the schedule for classes here: Art Leap Adventures

ADVANCED Paper Mache Level Two: 3-Day Workshop
with Marti McGinnis in San Miguel de Allende

Join Marti McGinnis, an accomplished artist in many media for a three-day paper mache workshop in San Miguel de Allende. Marti will teach you how to create your own paper mache sculpture using advanced steps that allow for more intriqute detail, and interesting finishes. Bring a sense of creative inquiry and get ready to experiment with some of the more advanced techniques of paper mache!
NOTE: participants can bring an unfinished sculpture from their Level 1 workshop, or another paper mache armature begun at home to work on in these sessions. Please email your intentions advance. 
You do not have to have completed the Level 1 workshop to join this class, but you should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of paper mache basics. A photo of a completed piece can be emailed in with your inquiry. 

THE PROMISE: Participants will create their own sculpture (about 12” tall) using traditional and advanced paper mache techniques.

THE EXPERIENCE:
• Tips on how to plan a sculpture
• Demonstration of armature creation
• Hands on measuring and mixing the paper mache medium
• Hands on understanding and practice on how to create a secure armature using easily obtained media.
• Finally, creatives will finish their piece using techniques (bottom and top coat paint) that tie together their original vision with their paper mache structure. Unfinished pieces can be completed in your home studio if time runs short on your process.

AGENDA DAY ONE:
• Discussion of the technique.
• A short history of paper mache
• Paper mache in Mexico
• Discussion of instructor examples
• Individual discussion of student plans

Hands On Activities 
• Mix and heat paper mache paste (everyone gets a chance to mix and stir)
• Create armature using scrunched paper wads, wire, sticks and masking tape
• Rip newspaper into strips
• Learn how to apply the slurry
• Carefully and systematically apply several layers of paper mache onto armature
• If possible allow for some sun drying in between layers
End of Day One

AGENDA DAY TWO:
• Advanced techniques to apply facial details, smoother finishes, and tips and tricks for different end results

AGENDA DAY THREE:
• Sand out unwanted rough spots
• Apply paper clay to fill in unwanted gaps
• Paint base color, let dry
• Paint next layer, let dry
• Paint finishing touches, let dry
End of Workshop – time to envision where you’ll be displaying your finished piece!

Sign Up Now!

See the schedule for classes here: Art Leap Adventures

Instructor: Marti McGinnis

Marti McGinnis offers Paper Mache Workshops in San Miguel de Allende in collaboration with Art Leap Adventures as well as specially arranged sessions for your private group (contact Marti for details).

Marti walks you through the entire process from creating your own unique armature (underlying structure of your piece) all the way through the mixing and application of the paper mache medium and painting your finished piece!

Marti McGinnis (that’s her with the aqua hair in the photo above) is a prolific artist who engages with a wide array of media with joy, an optimistic outlet and generally a whole lot of color. She has been making her living as an artist since she returned from a stint with the U.S. Peace Corps several decades ago.

Her resume of creating large bodies of work and showing and selling these using a variety of outlets (galleries, art fairs, online platforms, etc) tells the tale of a creative energy that seeks new adventures! She has successfully explored many media running it all ‘through the Marti filter’. In other words, when Marti tackles painting, welding, cartooning, felting, paper mache, sewing, clay, etc – you know it was her who created the resulting pieces when she’s done. She has developed an instantly recognizable visual  language that exerts itself no matter the media.

​She is also an enthusiastic champion of the arts and finds great joy in teaching others.  Learn more about Marti here and see her pop art right here at happyart.com as well as her contemporary art at: martimcginnis.com

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Collaborator

Meagan Burns is the founder of Art Leap Adventures and also heads the local chapter of Urban Sketchers in San Miguel de Allende. She is a skethcer in her own right and offers Sketching Experiences in San Miguel through Airbnb Experiences.