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.
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.