san Miguel de Allende sampler workshops

October 21 -28, 2019


$900 to $1050 for 2 participants or treat yourself…$1400 to $1900 USD single occupancy

Join other adventure travelers in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage site,

to experience

painting, jewelry making, cooking traditional dishes, paper mache and the magic of San Miguel!

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What to expect: This 7-night sampler will start off with a meet & greet margarita cocktail party to get to know others who have as eclectic interests as you. This will be an evening event. There will be four art classes and daily activities to fill your senses as well as free time to explore. Various workshops leader experts will be offering a variety of activities and lots of fun - suitable for first timers as well as experienced art people. All materials included!

In addition, a 2 1/2 hour town walking tour is offered to learn about the historic, cultural, and architectural aspects of San Miguel de Allende to appreciate why this town is so special. We will also have a dinner party with a typical Mexican meal to treat the taste buds.

There will be plenty of time between workshops to relax, enjoy, and explore your surroundings. Each day starts with a full home-cooked healthy-start Mexican breakfast.

This sampler is great for a mother & daughter trip, or a girl friends get-away, or just give yourself a treat!

The pricing is all inclusive, except for meals off-site.

Your San Miguel de Allende ART Sampler Workshops begins with your stay at Casa de la Noche, a boutique bed & breakfast, where we offer fourteen individually decorated rooms with private baths, some with kitchenettes, and all with access to light cooking facilities and common living areas. We also offer nearby housing for an additional 14 to 20 individuals. A special projects room for art or other workshop use is right on site.

Casa de la Noche is in a great location, with an easy walk to Main Plaza, the Jardin. There is water purification throughout the bed & breakfast, wireless Internet & cable TV, air conditioning in suites and common rooms, and in-floor heating in common rooms as well. There is a phone available for calls throughout Mexico, USA, and Canada. Each morning a full home-cooked, healthy-start breakfast is served. A self-serve bar and 24-hour concierge service is at your disposal.

After learning more about our art-sampler workshops, you can view your room choices and make your selection directly from this invitation.

About the workshops:

PAINTING with Veronicka Keobach Class length: 2 1/2 hours

San Miguel de Allende is a great place to practice stylizing from the dramatic shapes, colors, textures and lights and darks created by the shadows of old colonial architecture and beautiful parks and gardens. And almost every day the sun shines!  This is the perfect place for outdoor sketching and painting.

Veronicka has a history in the fashion and home decor business, and has been a professional muralist before she settled here in San Miguel. She even makes painted floor rugs! Now she brings her expertise here and will guide participants in creating a painting in acrylics that incorporates the simple design and color elements that make her home and clothing lines so successful. Check her out at

She makes a complex process easy by taking you step-by-step through the process of creating from a blank canvas to a finished piece you will be proud to hang at home. No need to hunt for art materials! All materials are provided, and your art will be sized to fit in your suitcase.

Participants in this workshop will explore shapes, values, lines, colors, textures and forms in their chosen subject matter. These elements can be applied to any creative experience.


Day of the Dead & Paper Mache Masks with Charlsie Kelly Class length: 4-hours / 2 days

Internationally known artist Charlsie Kelly finds inspiration everywhere, and her methods and mediums reflect the diversity of places in which she creates.

The common thread in Charlsie’s work is whimsy: from play-on-word idiomatic expressions in watercolor, faux mosaics to trick the eye, larger than life murals, to a variety of paper mache sculptures often created of recycled materials.
Her work has been shown and collected around the world, and Charlsie has led workshops and taught on 4 continents. In this 2-day workshop of 4 hours each you will create your own Dia de los Muertos skull with paper mache! All materials included.

Students will work one day in the AM and another in the afternoon, with days to be coordinated with silver jewelry making.

Charlsie divides her time between her studio in "America's Last Home Town," Pacific Grove, CA, and Costa Rica. We are fortunate to have her in San Miguel de Allende!

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MAKING SILVER JEWELRY with Antonio Lopez Class length: 4-hours / 2 days

Antonio Lopez has been making silver jewelry and teaching his craft for 25 years. He apprenticed with his father, whose 60 year career included instructing at the famous Instituto Allende. Now Antonio’s atelier, located just steps from Casa de la Noche, offers students an authentic ‘open studio’ experience and an opportunity to learn this craft in his humble home studio.

In this 2-day workshop of 4 hours each you will create your own Jewelry Piece! All materials are available at class; a small additional fee is charged based on the weight of silver used.

This is an opportunity to rework an out of fashion piece of family jewelry or reinvent a use of a favorite earring that is missing its’ mate. Or just be inspired in the moment under the influence of Antonio’s instruction. This class is fun for first timers to the very experienced. Check him out…

Students will work one day in the AM and another in the afternoon, with days to be coordinated with paper mache mask making.


COOKING with Blanca Class length: 4-hours

Cooking classes are offered on site with a minimum of 6 participants, making a full meal while learning the history of the meal and special aspects of its flavor development as part of the Mexican cuisine. This is a hands-on experience, not just a watching demonstration. We’ll start at the mercado, our local ‘super-market’ mexican-style, then back home to make our comida. Presentation of the dish will be part of the experience. The meal is then served on site along with a Tequilla or Mescal beverage chosen by Efren Valle mixologist from Morelia to compliment your main dish.

Blanca and Efren are bilingual and can offer this class in English or Spanish. She provides all ingredients, and does all the clean up afterwards. With prior arrangement, you may invite non-class participants to enjoy the meal as well for $25 USD/pp. Buen Provecho!


What will your 7 day week look like?

After settling in on your first day, we’ll provide a margarita orientation session in the evening.

The first full day will include a walking tour of our Historic Center, so you will have a better understanding of the cultural, social, and architectural aspects on “the Best Small City in the World”.

After you’ll be free to enjoy and explore San Miguel de Allende. You will be provided with a map and various points of interest to visit, as well as fabulous restaurants to sample.

The next few days will be filled with art exploration…. workshops and experiences… perhaps a trip to Fabrica Aurora to stimulate your artist within, a visit to the local paper mache factory, and a stroll to the local artisians Market for trinkets or souveniers …. and of course, our artist led workshops sampler!

The four class days will include a mix of activities:

  • a 2 and 1/2 hour studio session with Veronicka after a delicious healthy-start breakfast. The session includes demonstration and suggestions for designing from looking at a subject. After she’ll guide you in the painting from a blank canvas to your finished piece.

  • The second day students will meet with Antonio and Charlsie, to learn to make silver jewelry and Paper Mache.

  • The third day will be marketing at the local mercado, cooking (and then eating) a complete Mexican meal with Blanca.

  • The forth day will be a final paper mache class with Charlsie and a finishing class with Antonio.

  • Your evenings will be free to attend many of the local concerts, restaurants, socialize or work individually in the studio.

  • Our last evening will feature a final evening gathering, yum, yum..


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 “Best City in the World” for a second year running. We encourage a trip to nearby Atotonilco to visit the historic old town and an artisan gallery in a large park-like setting, followed by an afternoon at the hot springs for swimming, lunch and enjoying the sun. Be sure to walk romantic stone walkways and cobblestoned streets, to explore the history and culture of old Mexico, listen to the Mariachis singing in the Jardin in the evenings, and savor fine international dining and local Mexican favorites.

A favorite for art lovers is a visit to the unique Fabrica Aurora complex of art galleries, or check out our unique botanical gardens of this semi arid highlands, or visit a nearby archeological site with one of the master diggers of the site. There are so many possibilities in the area, either before or after the workshops. Ask the staff at Casa de la Noche to help you pick your best options!


San Miguel de Allende is in the heart of Mexico at 6200 ft. elevation. The closest airports are Leon (BJX) or Queretaro (QRO) and shuttles or private transportation can be arranged to meet at the airport and drive you directly to Casa de la Noche, 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.

Casa de la noche, the famous old san Miguel bordello, is where OUR WORKSHOPS SAMPLER is held

Participants choose their own room, first come, first served.

You may choose your own room or share a room with another participant, with costs dependent on room choice. Our Casa has its own art studio, spacious gardens and grounds, guest kitchen, superb location, and original art throughout the property. To learn more about historic Casa de la Noche, check the website:


Click on the PayPal button associated with the room of your choice to make a $300 USD deposit. Payment of the balance can be paid by check sent to Casa de la Noche, 1735 Crockett Lane, Hillsborough CA, 94010, or by credit card by calling the Casa with your details. Please note “Workshops Sampler” on the memo line of your check.

EARLY BIRD RESERVATION BONUS: Register for your room before Sept 15th, 2019 and receive a FREE roundtrip airport shuttle to the hotel!

Cancellation Policy / Refunds / Deposits. Deposits are refundable up until Sept.15 Refund requests after this date will not be granted unless the workshops fills completely. All deposit refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. Payment of the balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance that will cover your expenses in case your plans change.

If you have lodging questions, please contact the staff at Casa de la Noche (; or call 831-373-8888). Our multi-level boutique hotel does not have an elevator so if you have concerns about your ability to negotiate steps, please let us know so we can help you choose your accommodation. Remember, rooms are available on a first-come, first-choice, basis.


Please make your room selections HERE. Pricing includes lodging, breakfasts, shuttle transportation for early birds and all workshop fees!

All fourteen rooms are individually decorated and all have private baths. Some have kitchenettes, separate sitting areas, TVs, fireplaces, gardens, patios or terraces, and all have access to light cooking facilities and common living areas. Our main common rooms have in-floor heating and all accommodations have electric or gas heaters, fans or air conditioning. All water is purified and WiFi is located throughout the property. Healthy start, home-cooked Mexican breakfasts are included with your lodging.

We hope you’ll join us!

Scroll down to enjoy a few photos of San Miguel de Allende!

casa de la noche & san miguel awaits you!