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An introduction to Fileteado Porteño

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¡Si! Argentina again: after Ale Paul in March, we are happy to welcome another special guest from Buenos Aires to lead this exceptional summer workshop: Fileteador Gustavo Ferrari.

This two-day workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the traditional art of Fileteado Porteño. The decorative forms created by Fileteadores have become the visual identity of Buenos Aires, and were recently declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

The first day of the workshop will provide a theoretical and historical introduction, with lots of photographic documentation of old vehicles, great masters works and the actual and current use of Fileteado in Argentina and abroad. Under Gustavo’s guidance, participants will then practice drawing with pencil and paper the traditional elements of the Fileteado: flowers, acanthus leaves, laces, and ribbons. The day will finish with a demonstration of the design of a complete sign.

The second day will offer a structured step-by-step approach to painting a complete sign using acrylics and the special Fileteado brushes. Working from a pounced pattern, participants will first paint the flat colors, then shadows, lights and highlights to gain first-hand experience of the complete technique of Fileteado.

About Fileteado Porteño

Fileteado is a traditional art from Argentina. It began as a simple decoration on the trade carts of bread, milk or vegetable sellers in the early 20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s as it expanded to the decoration of buses and trucks its imagery grew more complex with the use of visual symbols (acanthus leaves, flowers, birds, dragons, flags) and the incorporation of short text, including popular and humorous sayings. Today it can be found all over the city of Buenos Aires, in shop windows, and on murals and signs. The vernacular style of Fileteado led to it being declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2015.


(inclusive 19% VAT)


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Please note that the registration to the workshop is only valid upon receipt of your full payment and that we cannot guarantee a refund if you decide to cancel. Thank you.

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