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Newest Local Tourist Attraction Aims to Unleash Everyone’s Creativity

By Karla Ortiz

Ariadna Galaz and Jorge Peralta—who call themselves “Los Calladitos”—are part of a wave of culture and art being promoted by young artists throughout the state of Guanajuato. The pair have created a workshop they hope will be an immersive all-day experience.

Participants can enjoy brunch, followed by a tour and an introduction to what they call “the Calladitos Experience,” and then unleash the artist they perhaps never knew was within.

“Los Calladitos” are two young Mexicans who have dedicated themselves to painting, to the creation of murals,” said Rodolfo Mercado, a fellow artist and associate who worked with them to develop the workshop.

“From Color to Shape” is a representational art workshop where Los Calladitos aim to leave participants feeling like master artists as they walk out at the end of the day with their creations in hand.

According to Galaz and Peralta, they call themselves Los Calladitos (which means “the silent ones”) because they believe that their paintings are worth a thousand words.

As designers and artists, Galaz and Peralta have traveled all over the world, leaving their mark in different countries, creating murals that delve into fantasy, playfulness, and color.

Two of their murals already reside here in San Miguel, inside the Osel paint shop on the Salida a Celaya and in a San Luis Rey pizzeria.

“The idea is to continue making San Miguel a cultural and artistic destination, offering different activities to people who visit or live here. In this case, we are offering a painting clinic,” said Mercado.

The pair wants participants to be pushed out of their comfort zone and have contact with color, to realize that they can make art. The workshop is suitable for all, from children to older adults, the pair say. The workshops will carry a cost, but Galaz and Peralta would also like to bring the experience to children with scarce resources so that the world can see art as a transformational tool. The workshops will be diverse, they said, not only with Los Calladitos imparting knowledge but with other invited artists imparting a wealth of techniques. The goal is that every articipant’s experience be unique.

In addition, the pair hopes that the space it has chosen will be suitable for a host of other fine arts classes, including dance, music, and circus arts.

The workshop currently has ten slots. Reservations are necessary. The workshops may be taught in English or Spanish, depending on demand.

Los Calladitos’s next class will take place on February 9. The cost per person is 2,300 pesos, which includes transportation, materials, and food. For more information, check Los Calladitos on social media, where they will be publishing the time and location of their workshop. For more information, call 55 5902 9220 or email calladitosexperience@gmail.com

 

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