ART VallARTa Museum is a non profit, bilingual art center dedicated to expanding the local and international knowledge of Contemporary and Historical Arts and Culture in Puerto Vallarta.

Located on Calle Pilitas 213 in the vibrant historical and international Colonial of Emiliano Zapata, 1.5 blocks from the Playa Los Muertos in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
Over 8000 square feet of art gallery exhibition areas, educational spaces, theater, library, and culinary research center.
Our collections include monumental murals by local artists, a historical art collection of local and international artists who are or have created artwork in the Puerto Vallarta Bay Area, an educational ethnographic art collection, Mexican folk and ethnographic art, and an international research collection of indigenous clay cookware.
ART VallARTa Museum is an Exhibition and Research Museum as well as a Art Center with goals of presenting and encouraging art throughout the bay area to our culturally rich and diverse communities. 
Director – Nathalie Herling

RESIDENT ARTISTS

Carol Anne Anderson (12)

Ernesto Guerra (124)

Georgia Powell (72)

Ryan Pickle (41)

Sheila Seguin (48)

Tony Collantez (76)

Veronica Rangel (19)

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Mexican Mondays, Culture and Art Painting Class
with Ernesto Guerra

Each Monday morning we will explore a tradition, icon, folk art or Mexican design. We will make artwork based on the theme of the Monday. The class will start with a little history of the theme and discuss how the theme inspires you and the art you might like to create

CURRENT CLASSES

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Chef Ruben Iniquez & Chef Nathalie Herling’s Magical Mexican Salsas

From: 1600 MXN
Join us Tuesday evening at 6:00pm Chefs Ruben and Nathalie will take us on a journey of different sauces that can be used in many different ways. Taking classic Mexican ingredients and by doing a variety of cooking techniques he will show how you can get many different flavors, textures and options for other dishes. Ruben and Nathalie make Salsas sing. You will help in the preparation and we will eat cool different salsas as we prepare them. We will also learn how to make classic sopes with a filling and test all the salsas that we have made to have some wonderful flavors. Beer, wine, local spirits and jugos are included. You will be comfortably full by the end of the meal and in a very happy mood... sometimes Salsa dancing breaks out from all the happiness. A very popular class!

Conversational Spanish Class

From: 275 MXN

Facemasks will be required as well as following posted health/safety protocol

Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm  - Just 275 pesos per lesson! My name is José López. I am Mexican, and I love teaching Spanish! I enjoy teaching Spanish as it allows me to help others communicate in my native language. My method is simple: I encourage students to have basic and complex conversations using already known words, and by introducing words as we move further along the course. Don’t be hesitant to learn how to speak the second most spoken language in the world. Perfect for residents and visitors. Join us! You will enjoy practicing and learning Spanish during every class you take with el maestro de español José López

Dia da los Muertos Mask Class

From: 775 MXN
Join artist Ernesto Guerra, for a one day mask creation class.
During this class you will learn tips and trick to help give your mask character. You will also learn how to incorporate the Dia de los Muertos theme into your pieces. I will supply you with the mask and all the magical embellishments that will bring your one of a kind mask to life. It’s a fun and relaxed setting that is sure to bring out your creative self.

Dia de los Muertos Ceramic Class!

From: 1050 MXN
Make your own Dia de Los Muertos Altar Decorations
Get in the spirit of Mexico's most colorful celebration of the year and make your own fun decorations! 
In this one off class you will have the opportunity to decorate a clay offering bowl, learning some basic clay making techniques with a fun selection of Catrina and Calavera skull molds. We will then paint these in all the colors and patterns famous for the day of the dead. Once completed our teacher will apply a gloss glaze and fire the pieces for you to collect 5 days later.
Suitable for all skill levels, the participants in the class will take home a decorated offering bowl and some bonus skull ornaments!
2 1/2 hr class
All materials included including preformed bowl form, clay for mold making, pre formed ornaments, colored underglazes, gloss glaze and firings
Your pieces will be ready to be collected.. 5 days later

Drawing Puerto VallARTa Class

From: 675 MXN
The drawing classes are designed for all levels, and take you step by step to develop your skills, from basic to advanced level with personalized attention. We will do exercises to observe motor skills, creativity and we will look at our environment with an artistic gaze. This will be held in a classroom setting at Art VallARTa. We will use the subject of the beauty of Puerto VallARTa for you to learn and draw.   About your teacher Chrystian Yaxche I am a multidisciplinary artist who works mainly with painting and digital art. My origins are academic, I studied at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City, as was done in the old school, I also really enjoy learning about new techniques and supports, I have come from the canvas to the monitor, with paintings and digital art , including murals, body paint, sculptural modeling, paper sculpture, I have even made dance, body paint and music presentations, mixing my work with that of other artists and disciplines. I love multidisciplinary art. More than twenty years of work have allowed me to dedicate my time to each technique and explore its possibilities. I have also been a painting teacher in some schools, participated in cultural days with students of all ages and levels, I like to spread art as a positive development activity. I am convinced that art is a path and a vehicle of exploration that leads you to know everything about everything in the world and also the internal world of emotions and ideas. It creates collaborative links with artists and professionals from all areas and at the same time it can be a personal refuge where you can snuggle up for a while to contemplate and create.

Freestyle Acrylic Painting Class

From: 675 MXN
Freestyle Acrylic Painting is a class where you get to do whatever theme of a painting you would like while learning. Do you have a painting idea you would like to paint and would like to do it with the guidance of an instructor? This class is great for a beginner, student or recreational painter who enjoys being around other painters. Material for painting ideas are also in the studio so you can be inspired with your projects. Ernesto Guerra will be the lead instructor for this class that happens twice weekly. You will be able to leave your painting in the studio from class to class or take your canvas home to continue at your leisure. The studio has floor and table easels for you to set up your area. Ernesto will offer basic instruction and offer critics and guidance when you want it. Ernesto is a charming, gentle teacher, and his artwork is also featured in ART VallARTA.  If you are a short term tourist this class will also offer basic supplies and the ART VallARTa store on the ground level has many size canvases and any additional supplies you might want to use during or after the class. Ernesto is fluent in English and Spanish.

Introduction to Handbuilding/Open Studio with Georgia Powell

From: 675 MXN
Facemasks will be required as well as following posted health/safety protocol Classes available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm & Wednesday at 6:30-9:00pm and Saturdays 1:30 pm-4:00 pm Classes also available Wednesday Oct 20, 2021, Monday November 1, 2021, Monday November 8, 2021, &  Wednesday November 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm This class will take the beginner student through each step of slab and coiled based handbuilding with demos and ongoing help through the class. You will be familiarized with terms, tools and processes, supporting your creative vision. You will build projects from choosing your own idea, or being inspired by the pieces in the gallery, applying techniques you learn to create a piece that is uniquely yours. This is a fundamental easy class to enjoy, inspire, and explore clay work as an artist! *All students will be required to initially purchase a Clay kit, that includes 12.5 lbs of Clay, glazing and firing (scheduled)  The kit cost of 550.00 pesos (12.5 lbs)  will be added to your first class booked. A tool kit will also be required at 532.00 pesos.  Any additional classes booked you will be able to opt out of the Clay kit, until you need more clay. Those who have been former students or are back from previous years are welcome to take the assisted open studio class to continue on your ceramic journey.  

Oil Painting Class

From: 675 MXN
Thursdays at 10:00am starting June 17, 2021 Facemasks and other health protocols in place We will learn about oil, its main characteristics and ways of use, the student will level up at their own pace and with the teacher's support.  We will add mixed techniques that will be like a treasure to open to the student a range of possibilities for their paintings. About your teacher Chrystian Yaxche I am a multidisciplinary artist who works mainly with painting and digital art. My origins are academic, I studied at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City, as was done in the old school, I also really enjoy learning about new techniques and supports, I have come from the canvas to the monitor, with paintings and digital art , including murals, body paint, sculptural modeling, paper sculpture, I have even made dance, body paint and music presentations, mixing my work with that of other artists and disciplines. I love multidisciplinary art. More than twenty years of work have allowed me to dedicate my time to each technique and explore its possibilities. I have also been a painting teacher in some schools, participated in cultural days with students of all ages and levels, I like to spread art as a positive development activity. I am convinced that art is a path and a vehicle of exploration that leads you to know everything about everything in the world and also the internal world of emotions and ideas. It creates collaborative links with artists and professionals from all areas and at the same time it can be a personal refuge where you can snuggle up for a while to contemplate and create.

Paper mache class with Ernesto Guerra

From: 675 MXN
Fridays at 10:00am-12:00pm
Members 425.00 pesos / Non-members 675.00 pesos
Learn all the skills needed to build a paper Mache sculpture.   In this class you will learn how to create the structure, prepare the paste from scratch and apply the layers of paper mache.  This class will give you a full understanding of paper mache and will prepare you for any paper mache creation you may think of.

Prosecco + Pottery = Handmade Bowls Evening Class

From: 1050 MXN
Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm Bring a friend and have a creative evening in the ceramics studio making your own handmade bowls (useful for serving all types of goodies). Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco during the evening No experience is required and materials (4lbs of clay and use of basic glazes) are included in the workshop fee + your finished works will be fired in our kiln. Pickup of your finished pieces will be available Monday afternoon.   Students will be introduced to basic clay hand building techniques to make three dipping/salsa bowls.  Learn some basic clay decorating techniques so you can make your bowls unique – be it contemporary or classic.  

Wheel Throwing Clay

From: 800 MXN
Class available Fridays 1:00pm-3:00pm Facemasks will be required as well as following posted health/safety protocol Students  will be guided in Demo based instruction on the electric potters wheel with hands on practice, each student gets their own wheel to use during the class. You will be learning basic techniques, necessary for progressing as an artist in clay using the potters wheel and the myriad of techniques it offers. Its recommend to take at least 3 classes to see finished ceramic pieces. All students will be required to initially purchase a Clay kit, that includes 12.5 lbs of Clay, glazing and firing (scheduled)  The kit cost of 550 (12.5 lbs) or 1100(25 lbs)  pesos will be added to your first class booked.  Any additional classes booked you will be able to opt out of the Clay kit, until you need more clay. A tool kit will also be required at 532.00 pesos.