Learn how to make ceramic ocarinas, whistles and flutes with your own hands. Learn how your interconnection with the instrument can be expressed through your own music. These ancient instruments are still played in ceremonies and celebrations in different native communities around the world. Myths and legends will be shared during class to appreciate the meaning that these instruments had to our Indigenous ancestors.
Ancient instruments and replicas will be displayed and played.
Ancient legends of music from Toltec, Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan cultures will be shared.
Our instrument making will help us understand the importance of music as we connect our spiritual and physical energy. As the day progresses, your creativity will be stimulated and your hands will shape instruments.
Terra cotta clay provided.
Bring your favorite clay tools and your lunch.
$55 for teachers, $80 for non-teachers
Materials are included, but bring our own clay tools.
Class size is very limited for this workshop!
Continuing Education Units Available. Contact Liz Lauter for information
Event Location: Redwood High School, room 514
395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, Ca. in Marin County
map and directions
About the Artist
Ernesto Hernández-Olmos is a renowned and innovative artist known for his knowledge of ancient Meso-American peoples’ celebrations and legends. By integrating the Maya, Aztec, Zapotec and Mixtec traditions with music, he embodies the honorable ancient messages for the participants. He shares his honor of native cultural traditions of the Americas through the
various cultural mediums of art to convey what he cannot say with words. The spirits of his people motivate him to share his deepest and most human feelings in true sacred arts.
Ernesto was educated at the highly respected Fine Arts school, Autonomous University, “Benito Juarez” in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is a member of World Youth Council and Elders Council of indigenous leaders from all over the world. He has extensive knowledge of pre-columbian art and legend, and is an accomplished painter and musician in his own right. He makes his own instruments and has led and performed music and traditional Aztec dance through much of his life.
He has captivated viewers with art, music and dance presentations at cultural events in the United States, Canada and Mexico. His art has been exhibited at: The Smithsonian, The National Museum for the American Indian, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and Oakland Museum in Oakland.
Ernesto has served as an artist-in-residence at a variety of Bay Area schools. Read more about him at his website.
Contact Liz Lauter
MESO-AMERICAN CLAY INSTRUMENTS
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Redwood High School
Rm 514, the Ceramics Room
Continuing Education Credits available!
Marin County Office of Education
Integrated Learning Specialist Program