Nicho Folk Art 2-Day Workshop
Learn, Create & Explore the Heritage of Nichos
2-Day Workshop | September 15th & 16th
The “nicho,” or niche, is a folk art form that has countless styles and uses. Sometimes they are like mini-dioramas, with 3-dimensional figures and miniature furnishings, usually arranged on a little shelf (called a “repiso”) as a symbolic offering. They can range in subject from children’s toys, to playful kitchen saints to objects of meditation and serious spiritual practice.
A nicho is always a special space, however small, a locus of power and attention, a little world to itself with its own story. The subject might be Our Lady of Guadalupe presiding over a doorway, or one of the popular kitchen saints like San Pascual with little dishes of food, or San Martin de Porras with one of the dogs he fed in his kitchen.
Includes materials to design, construct and paint 3-dimensional kitchen and devotional altars. You will have an option of 3 themes – the popular kitchen saint San Pascual, San Martin de Porras known for his protection of animals, or Our Lady of Guadalupe.
This two day workshop will include a visit to village of Chimayo.
September 15th Saturday
10:00AM Meet at El Monte Sagrado Resort on Kit Carson Road. Travel to Anita Rodriquez’s adobe home. We start with an orientation on the meaning history and iconography of all 4 archetypal figures of nichos. Learn of the concept of ofrendas, altares and devotional art as a locus of power and intention in a room. You will pick their materials, locate your work site, and start their altars with guided instruction.
Enjoy a gourmet regional picnic lunch on the portal.
Your nicho making will continue after lunch.
5:30PM Shuttle back to El Monte Sagrado
Sunday September 16th
10:00AM Meet at El Monte Sagrado Resort. Journey to the village of Chimayo is a sacred place that is said to offer Holy Dirt with healing properties of legends told about miraculous stories curing the lame and sick. The adobe historic shrine of Santuario de Chimayo was built between 1813 and 1816. We also visit Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel was constructed in 1856 to honoring the children of northern New Mexico.
We visit the Lourdes of the Americas, where you can witness the living tradition of ofrendas and devotional art in action, in historical and modern context.
Enjoy lunch at Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant in the quaint village of Chimayo.
Travel back to Taos with our last visit to Anita’s home to pick up your finished niches.
Our tour ends back at El Monte Sagrado Resort.
What is Included in your Workshop
All supplies to create your own nicho and take home with you.
Transportation to and from Anita Rodriguez Home & the Village of Chimayo.
Gourmet Regional Picnic Lunch at Anita’s Home.
Lunch at Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant.
Guided and interpreted Journey to Chimayo.
This is an immersive and intimate experience limited to 8 people. Our workshops fill fast, so don’t wait to book!