Adobe: A Noble Material

Photo of tools hung on wall

Class Dates

February 29, 2020 to March 21, 2020

Meeting Days

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (3 sessions)


Valley of the Moon/Tumacacori National Park



Course Instructor(s)

In this experiential cultural immersion you will learn to observe, make, and understand natural structures through the lens of the tradition bearers who conserve them. Master adobe maker and conservator, David Yubeta, a recent recipient of the Southwest Folklife Alliance Master Apprentice Award, will lead students through a robust narrative of adobe and its use in southwestern architecture and life. Participants will learn to identify adobe structures (first session), make adobe bricks for building (second session), and learn about the wide ranging conservation efforts master adobe makers engage in (third session). The first two sessions meet at the Valley of the Moon-Adobe and Conservation Project in Tucson, while the last session will take place at Tumacacori National Historical Park.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants. The location and times for each session vary by week:

  • February 29: 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
    Valley of the Moon- Adobe and Conservation Project: 2544 E. Allen Rd.
  • March 7: 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
    Valley of the Moon- Adobe and Conservation Project: 2544 E. Allen Rd.
  • March 21: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tumacacori National Historic Park (50 miles south of Tucson)

This workshop is offered in partnership with Southwest Folklife Alliance

*Please note that the Southwest Folklife Alliance will provide three scholarships to emerging adobe makers, students, conservationists, or teachers. For more information, please contact Nelda Ruiz at






Online registration for this course opens on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 10 a.m.

Refunds are available and need to be requested before the second class meeting (March 7). To drop the workshop, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.