Paper-Mache a Day of the Dead Mask and a Sacred Heart

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In a Nutshell

Join renowned artist Diego Rios to explore Mexican traditions and the art of paper mache through making your own mask and Sacred Heart

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The Deal

  • $30 for one admission to a two-hour Mexican paper mache workshop with Diego Rios
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

The class meets at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, where there will be signs guiding you to the back room.

Each event is capped at 13 purchasers.

What You’ll Do

Breathtakingly colorful masks long been part of the Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, and Sacred Heart imagery enjoys year-round popularity. Dive into the rich history of these paper mache traditions alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Rios, who overviews the fascinating backgrounds of masks and Sacred Hearts before demonstrating the techniques of the art form. Once you’ve got the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand-paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

  • Handcraft a Mask
    You’ll use a form, starched strips of paper, and paints to make a unique Day of the Dead visage.

  • Handcraft a Sacred Heart
    Use the same materials you used for the mask, you’ll create a paper mache Sacred Heart. When you’re finished, you might choose to follow Mexican tradition and attach your own milagros, or “religious folk charms.”

  • Work 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 more than 30 years.

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.

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