Each corner of the country is infused with history and charm that coexists with the modernity of a land undergoing constant change, where art and culture abound wherever one looks.
When it comes to Peruvian art, Cusco is where it is. Home to the classic Cusco School of Painting – one of Colonial America’s most recognised schools of painting – the Inca capital is a fascinating combination of pre-Colombian and Colonial pieces, that together divulge the history of the city. Walking through the streets, one is continuously faced with works of art and galleries of all kinds – from contemporary art to Inca masterpieces that adorn so many of the local churches. If looking for folk art, however, the bohemian San Blas neighbourhood is the spot.
Wander into the artistic heart of the city and make your way to the studio of Julio Gutierrez, where you can spend time making unforgettable memories as part of the Totemiq Collective. Here is an ideal place to flex your artistic muscles and practice your manual abilities as you chose two unique art pieces made by the master artisan Gutierrez, and bring them to life with your very own creativity and vision. As you work, Gutierrez will tell you about the significance behind each detail of his sculptures, as well as his creative process, and the history of cultural expressions in the Imperial City.
During the workshop, you will have the chance to learn about two classic techniques that have been passed down through generations: Cusco’s Colonial glass ceramics, and Cusco’s Colonial gold leafing. And to ensure that your memories of this experience stay as alive and vivid as our cultural legacy, you will have the chance to take your two unique and one-of a-kind art pieces with you.
If you would like to find out more about how to take part in a one-of-a-kind experience such as this, check out the Totimiq facebook page.
Editor's note: this article originally appeared in Ultimate Journeys Peru
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