Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Workshop at Hacienda Mosaico

DATES: Jan 20 - Jan 26th, 2019 - Arrival Sunday, 5 day workshop, departure Saturday
- 10 student limit.

PRICE: $2000 (lodging included, based on double occupancy. Supplies not included).
-See bottom of page for payment, cancellation and refund polices.


LOCATION - Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

FOOD - Breakfast and lunch provided each day fresh cooked on site by Jorge (an amazing chef. some of the best food ive had in my life.)
Arrival night there is party with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Outside of this, you are a five minute/$5 ride to Centro or Old Vallarta. I usually take the 30 min walk there each day.
There are art walks, shops, boutiques, an ocean board walk and nightly live performances and fireworks on the weekend.
A great place to unwind after class and find an amazing dinner.

This is a short video I made to give you a feel for the area...

CONTACT: by phone at 503-235-8549 or jesse@jessereno.com


navigating the random - finding treasure
expressive abstract figurative Mixed media painting

This class will introduce students to my ideas, techniques and phylosiphies about painting and the creative process.
through a series of planned lessons each focused on an aspect of process and idea.
We will begin each day with a lecture demo focused on a particular process. You will then work on individual lessons for the entire day.
I will be critiquing and guiding students through out the day, remaining focused on one core idea per day.
The last day and remaining time will be left for individual work and experimentation between the previous days lessons.
There will be question and answer sessions as well as critiques throughout the days.

here is a quick one minute process video to give you an idea

each day will include various painting demos on techniques, and engagements in the creative process.
we will combine these lessons to create pieces rich in variation, and conflicting ideas,
which will pose questions for us and help us find and follow our truest desires and beliefs within our work.

here are some example lessons to give you an idea...

PRIMITIVE PAINTING - We will use our hands to mix and apply paint in a variety of free and improvisational techniques. creating color mixes on the fly from the palms of our hands. using layering techniques, and printing to allow us to move quickly and freely, learning to identify things we like rather than follow and coneptual plan. we find our images from fast expressed interactions. we build and navigate the works following color and blocking the marks that are not satisfying to we reach a point of organized organic movement

IMAGINING THE UNIMAGINABLE - I will give sets of cues triggering ideas about form and meaning. You will choose your interpretation of the cue on your own and execute it in your own way. The cues will force personal introspection as well as collisions and possibly contradictions within your piece. The rendering will be fast and simple, the focus will be on the narrative created by ideas that interact in nonlinear and associative ways.

EXPERIMENTAL PRINTING - Using mono prints, silkscreens, and photocopy transfers, we will experiment with layering and utilizing these techniques. Combining printing with other core ideas within my process to create finished works. I will teach you to use block and grab techniques to reshape and re associate the imagery in a variety of ways. Adding text, symbols, and line to to add meaning and redefine the base imagery.

EXPRESSIVE REFERENCE - Starting using reference imagery for our work we will maintain a loose and expressed application to capture the feelings we get from the reference rather than the details.

COLOR CHARTS AND MAPS - I will guide you to create color charts based on my concepts about color theory. Using hot cold light and dark to show how relationships between color are felt and processed as a viewer and how. Also focusing on the distribution of color within composition to move the eye throughout a piece. Through simple guided interactions each student will be working to find their own color map. Our goal is that these pieces will act as documentations to show individual sense of contrast and desired levels of color interaction within there work.

BREAKING FACES - Learning to create and deconstruct faces through a series of guided instructions. Faces will continually build, reshape, become vandalized, growing in levels of expression through out the process to reach a final state where it is a relic of all its growth

the techniques and underlying ideas focus on staying expressed within our process. not worrying about making mistakes rather learning to adapt fix and use our mistakes to create images that would otherwise not be possible. building a flow that teaches us to observe and follow freely based on our feelings about our work. teaching us to change directions to find new and unimaginable outcomes. a process built on experimentation and exploration.

For visual examples of my work, bio, resume, and process please see my site


To get a feel for my background and ideas check out a talk i gave at the
national art educators conference in chicago http://media01.commpartners.com/ArtED/Annual_2016/Thurs03Reno/archive.html

extended process video - http://www.jessereno.com/vimeo.html

press - http://jessereno.com/press/


*Supplies are not included, and must be brought on your own. I have never had an issue traveling with these supplies.*

- non toxic acrylic paints - bright red, block out white, pthalo blue, chrome yellow, mars black i recomend dickblick blickrylic
- oil pastels 1 each - red, white, blue, and any others you might like i recomend craypas
- as for surface you can bring large paper or gessoed canvas - 5 surfaces total. at least two surfaces should be paper 18x24-24x36inches either water color or bristol paper they need to stand up to paint. i recomend canvas for the other 3 sized aproximately 30x40in each. this way all of it can be rolled for the trip home.. canvas is easily purchased not far from the hacienda.
a mix of brushes
-1 fan brush
-1 2inch flat
-1 1inch flare
-1 4inch flate
-1 round
-any others you really like

1 pallette knife or something you can use to scrape through paint, something flat plastic or metal and aprox 2-4 inches wide

Here is a link to the supply list to order things through Dick Blick where i purchase my own supplies.


All bookings require a 50% deposit.
Deposits can be made with the paypal button below. Please contact me to arrange a different method of payment.
In order to hold a reservation we must receive the deposit within ten days of the booking being made.
The balance is due 45 days prior to your arrival date.

All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee.
Reservations cancelled prior to 90 days, 50% is refundable.
Less than 60 days, 25% is refundable.
Less than 45 days prior to rental, rental fee paid is non-refundable.
Should any workshop/retreat be canceled the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days after the tour's cancellation. Once this occurs, Hacienda Mosaico has no obligations regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations. Hacienda Mosaico accepts no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket. Nor does it accept liability for canceled flights.


It is strongly recommended that all workshop participants purchase Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance from a reputable insurance company.

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