Join an internationally renowned artist as you explore the tradition of paper mache through making your own mask.


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What You'll Do

Breathtakingly colorful masks have been used in Mexico for everything from celebrating Dia de los Muertos to making powerful political statements. Dive into the rich history of this paper mache tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Rios, who overviews its fascinating background before giving a demo on the craft. Once you’ve got the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand-paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

  • Handcraft a Paper Mache Mask
    Learn how to make a stunning, wall-worthy piece of art influenced by Mexican culture

  • Make Artwork Under the Guidance of a Renowned Artist
    See live examples of the paper mache process and get inspired by an artist who has been exhibiting for over 30 years

Each event is capped at 11 participants; each event requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Diego Rios Diego Rios
Acclaimed Artist

Artist Diego Rios’s artwork has the rare quality of global appeal: His paintings, masks, woodcuts, and more have been included in permanent museum collections and nearly 500 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. Diego’s work is known for its stunning aesthetic presence, instantly drawing the viewer in, and then letting them grapple with complex subjects like contemporary socio-economics. Equipped with a master’s in fine art, over 30 years of experience, and a passion for sharing his artistic insight with others, Diego is immersed in the creative world in a way that few others can claim.

Where You'll Meet

Once a warehouse along San Pablo Avenue—and later a dancehall—Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, has since transformed into a showcase for dance, music, and culture from around the world. Regular concerts and workshops are scheduled for just about every flavor of world music, including reggae, klezmer, cajun/zydeco, bhangra, and bellydancing.

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    1317 San Pablo Ave

    Berkeley, California 94702

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In a Nutshell

Create and hand-paint a mask steeped in the rich cultural history of Mexico after getting an expert demo from artist Diego Rios.

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 22nd, 2014. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 5 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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