San Miguel sketch journey

Join Kim Hoerster in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

December 2 - 9, 2019

$1800 USD single or $1150/pp USD double occupancy

Hosted by

CASA CONTENTA, A traditional country style villa

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This is an opportunity to join Kim Hoerster and other adventurous artists in San Miguel de Allende, the most famous art center in Latin America. In our Sketch Journey we will spend our days with concentrated lessons and free time to capture the sensuous visual offerings of this celebrated world heritage site, and at night we can explore the fine arts of dining, theater, music, or dance, so much a part of the local fiesta spirit.

About Artist: Kim's interest in art comes from a family lineage of artists.  She took weekly art lessons as a child and as an adult she has studied Drawing, Life Drawing, Painting, Design, and Watercolor. She took Art History at Florence University of the Arts, Florence Italy and has returned to Italy many times to paint and attend workshops.

Kim's favorite medium is watercolor and she loves teaching beginners with simplified techniques. Plein Air (painting outdoors) in watercolor has become a passion for the adventure, travel, and social aspect.  Kim considers herself a landscape watercolorist.  She is now diving into the advanced techniques of classical figure and portrait work painted in watercolor.

Kim’s first art show 'Awakening' in July 2008 was hosted by the Healing Arts Gallery. Her second show was in August 2008 at Framers Gallery. In 2012 Kim opened her own studio ArtSea Lessons & Studio in Georgetown Texas.

Check Kim’s art life adventures on facebook: ARTSEA LESSONS & STUDIO

Art affiliations: WoW (Watercolorists of WilCo),WAS-H (Watercolor Art Society Houston), WWG (Waterloo Watercolor Group Austin), CTWS (Central Tx Watercolor Society Waco), PAA (Plein Air Austin), NWS (National Watercolor Society), OPS (Outdoor Painters Society) & TWS (Texas Watercolor Society). 


Day 1: Travel arrival, check-in, and margarita orientation party.

Day 2: Morning workshop 9:30-12:30 (in studio or out - focused lesson); lunch in town, then outdoor afternoon sketching 4:00-5:30 (optional for students). Visit El Pato Art Supply store, and enjoy the Guadalupe Mural Art district. Practice composition organization with lights and darks.

Day 3: Morning workshop 9:30-12:30 (in studio or out - focused lesson), lunch in town, then outdoor afternoon sketching 4:00-5:30 (optional for students). San Juan de Dios area -practice archetectural shapes.

Day 4: Morning workshop 9:30-12:30 (in studio or out - focused lesson), lunch in town, then outdoor afternoon sketching 4:00-5:30 (optional for students). Perspective through line and color choice. Visit Fabrica Aurora, identify elements of lessons to date, meet artists in action.

Day 5: Morning workshop 9:30-12:30 (in studio or out - focused lesson), lunch in town, then outdoor afternoon sketching 4:00-5:30 (optional for students). Consider a lunch at the main plaza and integrate people action into your quick sketches.

Day 6: Site seeing or Botanical Gardens or free day for students. We may be flexible with this day depending on local activities. In the evening, enjoy the art walk at Fabrica Aurora, a local first Saturday tradition..

Day 7: Explore one or more of the 26 churches, or chapels in San Miguel Or take a quiet walk in the and experience the spiritual foundation of this world heritage site. Sunday mornings are special and the “Jardin” is family focused with great people watching. In the evening we’ll gather at Casa Contenta and celebrate our week and art with each other.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast or extend your stay!

There will be plenty of free time for a city tour, a walking historical tour, an art mural tour, or to just wander the romantic and colorful cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende. Our schedule is flexible depending on the level and needs of the group. 

All our breakfasts are included, and are full American style meals with a focus on healthy local cuisine. Lunch and dinners are on your own and there are many choices for fine dining and local Mexican cuisine. A local art supply store will give a discount for supplies we may need, and our hotel has a dedicated art studio for our use.

We have planned ample “free time” so you can enjoy San Miguel. The staff at Casa Contenta will help arrange opportunities to explore this town and its famous surroundings. While we are close to so many of the local sites, and walking is the usual means of getting around, taxis are plentiful and affordable if you prefer them.

Our last evening will feature a group exhibit in the art studio, to share the accomplishments of our Sketch Journey together.


This is also an invitation to experience the magic of San Miguel de Allende, the most artistic city in Mexico, recently named by Conde Nast “2018 Best City in the World” for the second year running. It is a beautiful place to enjoy collections of paintings and all varieties of art, to walk romantic stone walkways and cobblestoned streets, to explore the history and culture of old Mexico, and to savor fine international dining and local Mexican favorites.

Be sure to visit the unique Fabrica Aurora complex of art galleries, see other galleries, visit a nearby archeological site, or explore more of the many possibilities in the area, either before or after the workshop. Check with Casa Contenta for availability.


Participants choose their own room, first come, first served. To see more about Casa Contenta and to view and select your room, click here: PICK YOUR ROOM AT CASA CONTENTA

Treat yourself to a private room or share your room with another artist. Our Casa has its own art studio, intimate gardens and seating areas, guest kitchen, superb location, and original art throughout the property. This comfortable rambling home has state of the art water purification, wi-fi, US telephone and TV and private baths in every room. We have our own kitchen use for light meals or snacks if we wish. To learn more about Casa Contenta, check this website link.


San Miguel de Allende is in the heart of Mexico at 6200 ft elevation. The closest airports are Leon (BJX) or Queretero (QRO) and shuttles or private transportation with Bajio Go can be arranged to meet and drive you to Casa Contenta, a 75-minute drive. You can also fly into Mexico City, a 3 1/2 or 4-hour bus or shuttle ride.

You will need a current Passport and a Visa (available at the airport upon arrival). Consider travel insurance in case your plans change. Some credit cards offer this as part of their perks! Check yours!

The ATMs in San Miguel accept VISA DEBIT cards for access to Mexican pesos.


Click on the PayPal button associated with the room of your choice to make a $300 USD/pp deposit. Payment of the balance is required on or before November 4, 2019. The balance can be paid directly to the Casa by credit card or US check, and please mention you are part of the ‘San Miguel Sketch Journey’ workshop. Call 831-373-8888.

EARLY BIRD RESERVATION BONUS: Take advantage of free roundtrip transport service from the airport with Bajiogo shuttle (Leon/BJX or Queretaro/QRO) directly to Casa Contenta. To do this, make your room deposit by August 1, 2019. We’ll send you a special code to pay your shuttle fees.

Cancellation Policy. Refunds. Deposits. Because of limited accommodations, deposits are refundable only until three months prior to this event. Refund requests after this date will not be granted unless the workshop fills completely. All deposit refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. Payment of the balance is due prior to this event. If the retreat is cancelled by Kim Hoerster you will be refunded all monies you have paid to date. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance that will cover your expenses in case your plans change.

If you have any workshop questions, please contact Kim Hoerster ( You can send her your phone number and she will gladly call you to chat about the workshop and her love of San Miguel. Our multi-level casa does not have an elevator. If you have concerns about your ability to negotiate steps, please let us know so we can help you choose your accommodation. If you have any lodging questions please contact Barbara at; or call 831-373-8888.

We hope you’ll join us!

Scroll down to enjoy some photos of me with various workshop groups and photos of San Miguel de Allende!

I look forward to meeting you in San Miguel de Allende to sketch & do water color techniques with you!