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“Postcards from San Miguel” Art Opening * Make-your-own-Postcard Party

“Postcards from San Miguel” 3-7:00pm Wednesday, March 15th

We’ve had the pleasure of having artist Shannon Troxler teaching Plein-Aire and Life Drawing classes this past few weeks at Studio Antonelli.

 She’ll  be exhibiting thirty small paintings at the gallery, a collection of oils, sketches and watercolors that capture the everyday moods of San Miguel. The paintings are small and informal, small enough to tuck into your suitcase and take home, just like a postcard.

Join us for the opening, 3-7pm Wednesday the 16th, and have fun making your own postcards in watercolor.

We will provide watercolor-paper postcards and all other materials. Shannon will work on a small painting of the lovely view of San Fransisco Church. Come by and enjoy the fun!

More on Shannon:

Shannon lives in Jackson hole Wyoming where she has been a professional artist for over twenty five years. Troxler started visiting San Miguel eight years ago in search of brilliant light and saturated color. Shannon enjoys painting the intimate corners of San Miguel. Her paintings are full of bustling cafes and restaurants, arches and fountains, church facades and rooftop views. She paints from life, and can be found in out of the way corners of cafes or perched on doorsteps, sketchbook and paints in hand. Her style is impressionistic and she loves loose, painterly brushstrokes  that evoke the fleeting passage of time and capture a particular moment.

Check out her work at



Goddess Art Opening

Artist Jessica Antonelli tells the story of her inspiration to paint the goddesses of the Tantric Hindu tradition.

Thursday, February 16th, 4-8pm
#18 San Fransisco, Upstairs
Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Join artists Jessica Antonelli and Emily K. Grieves for a showing of “Sacred Woman Revealed,” paintings of the Feminine Divine in the Studio Antonelli Gallery.

Hart Studios will feature a collection of beautiful jewels fit for a goddess. Fiber arts and Fashion by Billielee Mommer.

Portrait & Figure Painting Workshop


6 weeks of the smell of oil paint in the studio, the live model falling asleep in their pose, and talking art with your fellow painters… heaven is spelled ‘Painting Workshop!’ and we’ll be focusing on the figure beginning in August, in San Miguel de Allende.

6 student limit

10am-2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
at the Studio Space, Subida al Caracol #11
San Miguel de Allende, MX

This classic, academic style oil painting workshop will go in-depth into painting theory and techniques, including:

  • traditions of Italian Renaissance painters such as underpainting and glazing
  • short color study experiments to prepare for a final piece
  • anatomy studies
  • painting from the live model, costumed and nude
  • a study of the palettes of well known figure painters, such as the Zorn palette
  • recipes for mixing flesh tones

Whether you are a complete newbie to painting or a practiced painter, Jessica’s workshop brings energy and insight to your artwork. Each week you will complete 1 painting and several preparatory drawings and/or color study paintings. Moderate drawing ability required.

The workshop begins August 2 2016- September 8th, Tues/Thurs 10am-2pm.

MOST materials are included*, as well as model fees.  

6 Weeks: $650 USD or 12,000pesos

Pay by the Week: $125 USD or 2,300 pesos

*Materials included in the painting workshop are oil paint, brushes, wooden panel boards, practice canvas pads, towels, easels, and various accessories.
Your are advised to bring your own apron, any special sized canvas or stretched canvas for your own custom projects (optional), and a medium bottle of odor-free solvent.

Contact with any questions or to sign up. 

Or snag your spot now and pay with Paypal:

Length of session

A drawing a day…Video

January 1st, 2016, I began a personal challenge to do a Drawing a Day for 1 year.

Even if it was bubble-letter doodles or a 30 second speed drawing of my hand, I committed myself to switching that right-brained trigger once a day for the full 366 days of this leap year.

The results have been so swell that I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to begin your own drawing practice.

Even if you don’t jump right into a daily practice now, a quick low-pressure drawing can be relaxing and pave the way for major improvement down the road.

The photos in the video are form my instagram account, where you can follow me to keep track of how the daily drawing challenge is going. Follow me @jescantonelli

And if you really want some motivation, check out my online course 10 Steps to Drawing Anything. This whole crazy idea came from one of the 10 steps: #5 Every Day, Draw! If you happen to be in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, you can even take the class in person.

Now Go Draw!

I’d love to see your drawings! I’ll personally respond to each one, post your pic on the Studio Antonelli Facebook Page by clicking here.

10 Steps to Drawing Anything eCourse Announced

It’s been over a year in the making, but the 10 Steps to Drawing Anything eCourse is now open for enrollment!


I often get emails from my students in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, asking for more help figuring out perspective, facial proportions, or just for feedback on their work. Since I travel so much, I wanted to clone myself so that “art-teacher-Jessica” could be on call 24/7 to review the foundations with my students anytime. Thus the eCourse was born.

The 10 Steps
“Art is not a thing, it is a way”– Elbert Hubbard

Beginning drawers can get really disgruntled when they see how funky their drawing has turned out. It’s easy to get frustrated by that thing, the piece of paper with your crappy drawing on it, and forget the wise words of artist Elbert Hubbard.
The 10 Steps to Drawing Anything are designed to re-wire your brain and give you the mindset and habits of an artist. We cover the basics of art, the elements and principles of art and design, but more importantly we learn new ways of seeing and interpreting. Each step builds on what you learned in the last, and by week 10 you will be amazed at the process you see in your sketchbook.

On your own time

The 10 Steps to Drawing Anything eCourse runs for 10 weeks, but you can hop in and watch the video lessons and download the assignments and resources anytime. Can’t get started till 2 weeks in? No Problem. In fact, you will have lifetime access to inside of the program, which will continue to improve each time it’s offered.

With personal feedback from your instructor  

When I’ve taken online art classes in the past, I got annoyed at what a one-way affair it was. They posted a video, and then you’re on your own to figure it out. So for my online course, I decided it was essential to get as close to a studio classroom experience as possible. That means I’ll be coming to you through a live webinar once a week to answer questions demonstrate techniques people may find tricky, AND I’ll be personally replying to the homework you post to our private Facebook Group.

An around the world art adventure awaits

If you can’t be in Mexico to take my live-studio classes, give yourself a cheap art vacation and join us through the eCourse. Not only will there be fun life-in-Mexico videos (you won’t believe how we  buy our groceries around here), but you’ll be traveling to Italy as well! Each of the 10 Steps includes a “Postcard from Italy,”  a video bonus from my artistic foray through Florence and Rome full of art history lessons from the great masters of the Renaissance.

Be part of our founding class for only $75

This very first round of the 10 Steps to Drawing Anything eCourse comes with a very special price. For 10 weeks you end up paying just $7.50 a week to change the way you draw forever. The price will be going up big time after this first “beta” launch, so snag your membership now so that you can go through the 10 Steps each year and never pay again. Your feedback will help make this eCourse evolve, so take this offer as my big thank you for jumping in the group and helping it grow.


The eCourse beginsJuly 4th! 
Sign up now to enjoy the full 10 weeks of support from your teacher


2016 Summer Classes at The Studio Space

I’m so happy to unveil the location for our summer art courses:

The Studio Space at Casa de la Paz. 

You may know the Studio Space from it’s inspiring art openings and theatrical performances, but we’ll be harnessing all that creative energy to hone our drawing and painting skills.


Entrance to Subida al Caracol #11
Entrance to Subida al Caracol #11, street view

From July 4th-September 9th, take your art practice to the next level.

 10 Steps to Drawing Anything

If you struggle drawing stick figures, this class is for you. The 10 Steps have been specially formulated to fast-forward your drawing ability, using the latest in neuroscience and stern looks from the teacher. 😉 Learn the drawing tricks the pros use to make it look easy. Take the full 10 weeks and you will never look at the world in the same way again-you’ll be seeing through an artist’s eyes. You can also choose to take 4 weeks or shorter sessions by arrangement with the instructor. Some materials included.
10am-12noon Mon, Wed, Fri. 

Drawing and Painting classes  Oil Painting Workshop 

Learn the traditional techniques of the Italian Renaissance painters, and experiment with new styles and media. Both beginners and intermediate level painters will benefit from this workshop style class. Develop your skills in a supportive group setting where we’ll be improving our own abilities by learning to critique and discuss painting and composition through class discussions.  Learn which brush is best for a variety of techniques, recipes to mix just the right color, critiquing your work, and much more.  Confident drawing ability is required. Some materials included.
 10am-2pm Tues & Thurs

Sign up by clicking here or email

New Class in San Miguel


Well that went fast–my drawing and painting workshops in San Miguel are full to the brim!

Since so many of you adventurous artists out there are still clamoring to draw,  I will be offering an overflow class, Sketching San Miguel. 

This class will be held Thursday afternoons, from 1-2:30pm, at various locations around Centro. We will sketch in some of the great coffeeshops, rooftops, parks, and hidden nooks  and gardens around San Miguel. The theme of travel sketching will help us learn to capture a moment in time in our sketchbooks, both improving drawing skills and creating a series of drawings that have the power to bring us right back into the moment of the sketch.

The class will be $200 pesos per day, or $50 USD if paid up-front (before Jan 28th!) through paypal.
I will be limiting the group to 10 students max for the ideal student experience, with lots of feedback from yours truly.
To sign up please email me at
Drawing on Location

Drawing on Location, Sketching SMA 2015


Parque Juarez Sketching SMA Class

Big Thoughts in Little Paintings

Now that Christmas is over I can unveil to you the little paintings I made for friends and family this year. I so enjoyed the process of making fun, simple little paintings whose sole purpose was to put a smile on the faces of my favorite people.

Be the Good in the World

Enjoy the Little Things

Everything you can Imagine is Real

Here Comes the Sun

Hooray It's Today

Magic is Sonething you Make

Stars can't shine without darkness

We are All Connected

Why the Hell Not

Zen as Fuck

I highly recommend making your own teeny fun watercolors with your favorite quotes. Here, I used Reeves watercolor paper and a travel watercolor set, then used white acrylic paint and sharpie for the lettering. I tried a white paint pen, but the watercolor paper sucked the color right up.

Send me a picture if you try this yourself! Happy holidays and a very happy New Year to all!

Quiz: To Paint or to Draw?

Are you feeling the urge to create, but don’t know how? Studio Antonelli is offering a drawing workshop and an oil painting workshop for 10 weeks this coming July 4th through September 9th. Compare the descriptions of the drawing class in pink and the painting class in purple to see which medium best suits you.
Choose the description in pink or purple that best fits you or what you are interested in learning.
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If you chose mostly Drawing (pink)
Have you noticed that you have been doodling on the side of the important notes you were supposed to be taking lately? You have got line and design on the mind and you are ready for a workshop experience where you can fast-forward your drawing skills to a new level.
-You are a beginner or intermediate drawing
-You are interested in getting really really good at making the thing you are looking at come out accurately in the drawing
-You haven’t taken many (or any) classes but you’ve always enjoyed drawing on your own
-You want to know how to hold your pencil for best effect, or how to use different media like charcoal and inks
-People always tell you you’re a good artist (even if you don’t believe them)
-You want to be able to capture the beauty (or the rough sides) of life in SMA
-You want to be able to draw what you see…and have it actually look like the darn thing
There are loads of great teachers all over San Miguel, but people say Jessica’s classes are really great.
If you chose mostly Oil Painting (purple)
Colors, colors everywhere and not a drop of paint. You feel good about your drawings (most of the time anyway!) but pen and pencil isn’t cutting it anymore–you want gobs of color to express in color the world around you. Although the detail of drawing is great, you’re ready to learn about big-picture skills like composition and color theory. 
-You have taken art classes before
-You may have worked in acrylic or oil before
-You know that there are different techniques to use with oils but haven’t tried more than one
-You are looking for feedback and workshopping of your work from peers and teacher guidance 
No matter what creative pursuit you are interested in, studies have shown mental health benefits of drawing and painting, including that they help dealing with chronic pain, and improving brain plasticity.

New San Miguel location for winter classes

front-courtyard La Mansion

A warm terra cotta courtyard draped with San Miguel’s signature mix of bougainvillea and cacti will be the setting for the next workshop series at La Mansion del Bosque.

You might know La Mansion from their hearty and delicious breakfasts, served 8-10am. Or perhaps you have smelled the heady scent of coffee while you strolled by their front door, since the charming BnB is just across the street from the much celebrated Parque Juarez in the center of town.

This winter, La Mansion will be hosting our oil painting and drawing workshops, starting Monday, January 18th, until February 24th.

The workshops run for a full 6 weeks, although you are welcome to customize your schedule if you are only able to attend one or more weeks. Practice is its own reward, however, a discount is available for students who choose to sign-up for the full 6 weeks. 

The 2 workshops on offer will be taught by yours truly, Jessica Antonelli.

10 Steps to Drawing Anything is a popular class which debuted in San Miguel last year. This class will meet you where you are at any level, however my specialty is bringing confidence and greater accuracy in drawing what you see to students who *think* they can’t draw. We will work both indoors and in the courtyard, with occasional field trips (walking) to sketch from life in the park. This class is kept to a cozy 8 students maximum, which means lots of personal attention from the teacher and a super fun studio vibe to draw in.
1:00pm-2:30pm, Monday Tuesday Wednesday, $600 pesos per week, or SAVE by signing up for all 6 weeks ($450pesos/week, aprox. $87US)  

Oil Painting Foundations is a class for beginning to intermediate oil painters. We will paint outdoors in the courtyard, which offers shaded areas and coffee nearby. Over the course of the 6 weeks we will cover materials and mediums, basic color theory and mixing, using glazes, all-prima (or ‘all at once’ technique), creating depth and emphasis, and composition basics. Subjects will be inspired from our San Miguel surroundings, although you are also welcome to bring in photos to paint from.
3:00pm-5:30pm, Monday Tuesday Wednesday, $750 pesos per week, or SAVE by signing up for all 6 weeks (save $1,000pesos/ aprox. $60US) 

For more information see the Take a Class with Me page, or sign up on the Contact page.