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Loretta Fine Art
Plein Air Workshop 
Bara de Potosi. Guerrero, Mexico 2024
Charming small fishing village 15 minutes south east of Zihuatanejo Airport.


Monday, February 27, 9am - Friday, March 3, 5pm 

Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel. All levels.

12 person limit.

A unique Plein Air and Studio Painting Workshop Experience exploring the Southern  Mexican Pacific seaside beaches, wetlands, mountain side, lagoon, bird sanctuary, plus the unique flora and fauna of Barra de Potosi.

Enjoy painting demonstrations, personal instruction, critiques, and individual quiet time in the art studio at El Nido (The Nest) Community Center.

Experience the spirit of place at accommodations and food pics of your choice. 

Workshop Fee

Fee $900 U.S. American Currency    Now offering online payment!

*cash, check, or pay online!

Space is Limited, Register now to reserve your spot!


  • Plein Air Painting.

  • Hands on Guided Studio Workshop. 

  • Explore and Paint the Essence of Nature in Mexico.

  • Be inspired.

  • Paint the spirit of this beachside village with layers of color and texture.

  • Experience the light of expansive skies, painting transparency and movement. 

  • Study composition, line, value, texture, perspective, and color.

  • Color mixing made easy.

  • Learn innovative techniques with earth pigments and non-traditional tools.

  • Plein air sessions. Group and open studio time.

  • Develop paintings with depth, space, linear and atmospheric perspective.

  • Create with bold expression.

  • Build confidence.

  • Explore your personal style.

  • Learn to paint like you draw with movement, rhythm, variety, and harmony.  

  • A class packed with information in a fun, relaxed environment. 

  • Personal guidance.

  • Group and individual critiques.

  • Acrylic, oil , and watercolor/gouache paint supply list upon registration. 

  • Some studio project materials included.​

Barra de Potosi: Customize your experience and needs​

Mid-Week Day: Free Time, including early mornings before or after evening painting sessions, and private critique sign ups.
Sunrise or sunset lagoon boat tour, kayaking, snorkeling, surf lessons, whale watching, horse back riding, visit local El Refugio (Ecological flora and fauna Conservation Park), or plan a day trip to Zihuantanejo.  The secret is the location of a ten mile stretch of untouched white sand beach and tropical waters situated within 15 minutes of an international airport and only a few hours from most of the US and Canada.

Suggested Available Accommodations:

Share your accommodations. Bring an art workshop friend or non-participating friend. Lodging and Meals are your personal choice and purchased separately from various in town accommodations, Airbnbs, beachside hotels, or individual bungalows. Approximate room price ranges are from $40. up to $200. per night. Week long stays may be discounted.
Experience the Spirit of Place at accommodations of your choice based on double occupancy.

El Nido: $40 per night. Downtown. Three individual bedrooms on second floor with shared kitchen, sitting area on third floor covered open air with fresh breezes and views. No served breakfast. 
Villa don Manuel: $75. per night.  20 minute walk to downtown or transportation every 1/2 hour on the beach with combi or taxi. Breakfast included.
La Rusa: $130. per night. Downtown. Privately situated at the beach and lagoon site. Breakfast included.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge".  - Albert Einstein


"And as your student, this is my experience learning from you".

                                - Patti

Painting is silent poetry.  

And poetry is painting that speaks.


Most accommodations serve free breakfast. Enjoy various inexpensive beachfront enramadas (thatched roof top restaurants) for lunch and dinner individually and with the group. Owners or relatives, will prepare the dishes at once, and will make you feel as if you were one of the family. No ATM in the village. ATM's available for cash at the Airport.


Fly into nearby Zihuatanejo Airport. 11 km from Barra de Potosi. 20 minute bus ride. Pack paints in check on baggage. Odorless mineral spirits will be provided at the Workshop. 

Workshop Fee DOES NOT Include:

  • Accommodations

  • Airfare or baggage fees

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Flight delay expenses

  • Transport to and from the airport 

  • Bus or taxi 

  • Individually paid activities and field trips 

  • Meals and tips 

  • Art supplies except provided odorless mineral spirits.

  • Easels, tripods, canvas panels.

  • Laundry service​


Workshop Cancellation Policy:

Up to 31 days prior to the program start date will be refunded, minus a $100 processing fee.​ No refunds will be issued for withdrawals, minor illnesses, or cancellations due to family schedule changes made within 30 days of start date. 

"I have truly enjoyed your classes, and your own work is so beautiful and inspiring!  The critiquing sessions were invaluable, where I learned so much, both from you and other students.  Changing to acrylics has been really challenging for me as well as learning how to compose directly onto the canvas.  I'm doing a lot of practice now, learning how to load my brush, block in my composition, and mixing colors."                                                                                                                                                ~ Susan B.

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