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Learn to paint your own Alebrije

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 84 reviews.Oaxaca, Mexico

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Experience hosted by Armando

4 hours
Includes drinks, transportation, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in German, English, Spanish

What you'll do

My friends Katrin and Cesar will meet you in front of Santo Domingo church in downtown Oaxaca. From there it will take around 30 minutes to the Aleberije village Arrazola in their private car.

In Arrazola, you will meet me, my wife Antonia and our son Alejandro at our workshop to show you the entire creation process of our amazing art: from carving the wood; making natural colors out of local fruits, insects and minerals to painting the figures in the traditional design with acrylic paint.

Katrin and Cesar will translate into English or German if needed.

Now the fun part starts. Time to get creative. You will choose a small plain wooden animal figure to paint yourself which could take up to two hours. Brushes and colors will be provided. This will be a lovely souvenir to take home and remember this experience!

Besides all this, you can check our gallery for more stunning art!

After we finished in Arrazola, Katrin and Cesar will take you back to the starting point.

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My friends Katrin and Cesar will meet you in front of Santo Domingo church in downtown Oaxaca. From there it will take around 30 minutes to the Aleberije village Arrazola in their private car.

In Arrazola, you will meet me, my wife Antonia and our son Alejandro at our workshop to show you the entire creation process of our amazing art: from carving the wood; making natural colors out of local fruits, insects and minerals to painting t…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water & 1 Mezcal
  • Transportation
    Private car
  • Equipment
    Brushes and paint
From G$7,240
/ person
Sat, Aug 1
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
G$7,240 per person, previously G$9,049
G$7,240 per person, previously G$9,049
Mon, Aug 3
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
G$7,240 per person, previously G$9,049
G$7,240 per person, previously G$9,049
Tue, Aug 4
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
G$7,240 per person, previously G$9,049
G$7,240 per person, previously G$9,049

Meet your host, Armando

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 84 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, my name is Armando. I live in Arrazola, the village where alebrijes were born, around 14 km away from Oaxaca City. It was my grandfather Manuel Jiménez, who became famous for his wooden alebrijes in 1950.
Making alebrijes is my passion. I've been carving and painting the figures for more than 30 years. My entire family is into this beautiful art, like most families here in Arrazola.
Together with my friends Cesar and Katrin, a German/Mexican couple I met through my work, we want to teach more people about our way to express emotions through the alebrijes work and welcome you in my village.
Hi, my name is Armando. I live in Arrazola, the village where alebrijes were born, around 14 km away from Oaxaca City. It was my grandfather Manuel Jiménez, who became famous for his wooden alebrijes in 1950.
Making alebrijes is my passion. I've been carving and painting the figures for more than 30 years. My entire family is into this beautiful art, like most families here in Arrazola.
Together with my friends Cesar and Katrin, a German/Mexican couple I met through my work, we want…
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Where you'll be

The workshop takes place in the front yard of my house. There is a cute area with tables and chairs under a roof to get creative. The gallery and two dogs are also part of the house.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 84 reviews.

Daniel
March 2020
You’ll listen Armando’s story while he chops wood, get a shot of mezcal and paint an alebrije with a little guidance. They will hand you an album to get some inspo.
Nancy
March 2020
Don’t miss this incredible experience. I am an artist and I learned so much about the background of these lovely pieces and got to witness a master at work. Armando’s son showed us how they made the original paints from bugs , fruits and minerals. Really fascinating. I took my 6 year old grandson with me and he loved it as much as I did. Of course his favorite part was painting his cat.
Don’t miss this incredible experience. I am an artist and I learned so much about the background of these lovely pieces and got to witness a master at work. Armando’s son showed u…
Daniel
March 2020
Excelente experiencia, si tienen la oportunidad aprovechen y conozcan más sobre los alebrijes de la mano de una familia talentosa y amable. Además de pintar uno. Gracias !
Maria Luisa
March 2020
FUE MAS ESPECIAL DE LO QUE PUDE IMAGINAR, CADA DETALLE Y CADA ATENCIÓN SE QUEDA EN NUESTRO CORAZÓN POR SIEMPRE, HICIERON QUE MI HIJA TUVIERA UN CUMPLEAÑOS INOLVIDABLE. NOS ENCANTO CONOCERLOS Y CONVIVIR CON USTEDES. CESAR ES UNA PERSONA INCREÍBLE MIL GRACIAS POR TODO. Y ARMANDO Y SU FAMILIA TAMBIÉN SON INCREÍBLES MIL GRACIAS POR ABRIRNOS LAS PUERTAS DE SU HOGAR Y MOSTRARNOS TANTO. SIN DUDA VOLVERÍAMOS A HACER ESTA INCREÍBLE EXPERIENCIA!
FUE MAS ESPECIAL DE LO QUE PUDE IMAGINAR, CADA DETALLE Y CADA ATENCIÓN SE QUEDA EN NUESTRO CORAZÓN POR SIEMPRE, HICIERON QUE MI HIJA TUVIERA UN CUMPLEAÑOS INOLVIDABLE. NOS ENCANTO…
Annie
February 2020
My 12 year old and I had a wonderful experience painting Alebrijes with Armando, Antonia and their family. Katrin and Ceasar helped us get there and back safely and were kind, informative and experienced hosts who we will travel with again. All around great day. Make sure you do this while in Oaxaca!
My 12 year old and I had a wonderful experience painting Alebrijes with Armando, Antonia and their family. Katrin and Ceasar helped us get there and back safely and were kind, info…
Carlos
February 2020
It was a very relaxing experience, not only becoming acquainted with the alebrijes (wood carving figurines) technique but with the process of painting one myself.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Everyone is welcome, no special talent needed.
You want an additional spot? We can arrange something.
Please bring cash if you want to buy some of the available pieces from the gallery.