Beginning on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, the Waukegan Public Library will host two artists-in-residence from Mexico, Luis Alberto Sotelo Morales and Diego Ruiz. Morales and Ruiz will each present a series of three workshops focusing on the ancient art and culture and the traditional dances of Mexico.
The Waukegan Public Library is excited to present this series of workshops designed to introduce patrons to the ancestral Aztec culture of Mexico, tracing the course of the Aztec empire through its culture, political organization, military structure, and religious practices. Over the course of the series, participants will take part in lectures and create their own artworks which build on traditional Aztec motifs.
Practicing artist and academic, Morales also has archaeological experience and served as professor in UNAM’s archaeological drawing workshop courses and contributed illustrations to numerous journals. He designed this workshop series to introduce Waukegan residents to Mexican history with an interactive learning experience.
Dancing is also a key component of the workshop, with professional dancer Diego Ruiz presenting complementary workshops on traditional (and modern) Mexican dance. His workshops will focus on dance history and costuming - and even teach participants a few steps.