Retablo painting

Learn Retablo

Learn the art of retablo!

Retablos, better known as ‘laminas’ in Mexico, are small oil paintings on tin, wood or copper which were used in home altars to venerate the almost infinite number of Catholic saints. The literal translation for ‘retablo’ is ‘behind the altar.’

This genre of folk art, deeply rooted in Spanish history, represents the heart and soul of traditional religious beliefs in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Mexican culture.Carol Blatinick-Barros

The retablo was an art form that flourished in post conquest Mexico and then ultimately, with the introduction of inexpensive mediums such as tin, reached its pinnacle of popularity in the last quarter of the 19th century. With some exceptions, mostly untrained artists from the provinces worked to produce and reproduce these sacred images; some subjects painted more prolifically than others. A typical “retablero” may have reproduced the same image hundreds, if not thousands of times.

These oil paintings were sold to devout believers who displayed them in home altars to honor their patron saints.

The class will happen each Saturday from January 21 through February 25 from 1-4 p.m. in Berg 401.  Cost is $120 which includes materials needed for the class. 

Artist Carol Blatinick-Barros was born in Trinidad and studied art at Trinidad State and the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU) in Pueblo.  In addition to retablo she works in pencil, batik and egg tempera and other mediums.

Call Donna at 719 846-5724 to register.


Introduction to Beekeeping

Introduction to Beekeeping – Cost $70, covers all three class meetings and the trip to the apiary in the spring as well as the once-per-semester registration fee.

Instructor is Jim Conley, former Huerfano County Extension Agent and retired International Development Specialist with USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service

Saturday, Jan 7, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon: Origin of honey bees and overview of the European honeybee, Apis mellifera & where it fits in the world of honey bees.   The different races of honey bees, which is right for you? The unique biology of honeybees.   What’s in a hive (bee castes) and what are their respective duties?  Who’s in charge?

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017,  9 a.m. – noon: Essential equipment for beekeepers and ordering your honey bees to get started.  Products of a hive.  What is a beekeeper?  Resources for new beekeepers.    Dealing with problems. Colony Collapse Disorder.  Parasites, predators, pathogens, pesticides and poor nutrition:  Protecting your bees from the “5 P’s”!  Learn various management techniques.    

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon: Beekeeping through the seasons:  Spring, summer, autumn and winter, beekeeper activities ranging from feeding bees to harvesting honey.  Activities you take to protect and nurture your bees.  The economics of beekeeping.  

All classes held at Trinidad State Junior College, 600 Prospect Street in Trinidad, Colorado, Berg Building Room 401.

Since January is too cold to work a hive, we’ll provide opportunities for students to visit an apiary and “work the bees” on a Saturday during April and/or May via a field trip to a small apiary outside of Walsenburg.  Lesson covers safety, review of equipment, equipment assembly, hive placement, protection from bears, skunks and humans; beekeeping books, record-keeping, supply catalogs, trade magazines, etc.  will be covered at this time.

To register call Donna at 719-846-5724.