Concrete Garden Art in Paradise!

Hacienda Mosaico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Bowls, Masks, Pots and more…                                                       January 21 – 27, 2018

You might say I’m a bit of a concrete nerd.  I just love the versatility of the material!  It can be modeled, cast, colored, and carved, making it the perfect material for self-expression that can live both in or outdoors.  No experience in working with concrete is required to thoroughly enjoy this workshop.  You will learn the basics, from mix designs to additives, to curing and more.  Demonstrations, visual information sessions plus copious handouts will be provided but the emphasis will be hand-on experimentation.    You will learn a different technique/skill each day of the workshop.

Concrete Basics Demo 2017

When you visit Hacienda Mosaico, you are immediately struck by the beauty of the gardens.  If gardening and garden art are things you appreciate, come join me for a 5 day workshop where you will learn how to make butterfly bowls, masks, planters and more!  Through a series of projects, you will learn a wide range of forming techniques.  Yes, concrete can be heavy, so you may not be able to take all your projects home with you.  Knowing they will find a good home in the gardens of Hacienda Mosaico should provide some joy…and you can always return to visit them!


[Planning a head to transport pieces home: You might want to bring an extra suitcase; maybe pack a suitcase within a suitcase…?  Also consider bringing bubble wrap, a blanket or a couple of towels to wrap your pieces in for transporting.]

We will also be working on a group project – a concrete throne of sorts.  Through this project, you will learn how to bend and tie rebar as we construct the armature and enhance the concrete surfaces with modeling, carving, coloring, and embedding.


I’ll be available for one-on-one conversations with participants who may want to discuss concrete projects they are considering.  My goal, with all my workshops, is to help you…Make Your Dreams Concrete!

Why not do that in the slice of paradise know as Hacienda Mosaico!?

Workshop Summary

Lodging:  6 nights and 7 days in a beautiful artist’s retreat close to the beach

Instruction:  5 days with optional 24 hour studio access

Meals:  Welcome Reception Sunday evening, 6 full breakfast and 5 amazing lunches prepared by the Hacienda’s personal Chef and served poolside in a tropical setting.

Materials & Tools:  Most materials and tools are included however; a short list will be included with your confirmation.

Cost:  $1950 (based on double occupancy)

Additional activities: Exploring Puerto Vallarta, gallery crawls, site seeing, sampling local cuisine, and shopping.  The pool is always open!  This experience can be as relaxing or active as you want it to be!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to email me at:

Questions regarding availability, registration, and payment should be directed to:

Trip insurance is strongly advised.

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This “plain language” tutorial will explain travel insurance so you can easily find the right plan.

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About the Instructor

Sherri Warner Hunter is a full time professional artist and owner of SWH Art Studio Inc., located in the bucolic suburbs of Bell Buckle, TN.  Her award-winning artwork and public commissions can be viewed in numerous states from New York to California as well as private collections.  Always an avid supporter of community engaged artworks, Hunter is a former president of the Community Built Association and has been the lead artist on many projects in schools and parks.

Hunter has taught workshops for over 30 years on subjects ranging from Sculpture, Concrete, Mosaics, and Professional Practices for Artist, throughout the US, Internationally, and at her studio in Bell Buckle.   She’s an active member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) and Tennessee Crafts, and is often involved with mentoring, presentations, and programs for both organizations.

Hunter has also authored two books on working with concrete, the most recent, Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden, was published by Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing.


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