Location: The Mexican Tortilla Factory, 7015 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA 94560
Time of art class: 2 hours
Class size: 10-12-Limited
All materials: Blank Sugar Skulls, Royal Frosting, Frosting Dispenser are provided by host
Hand paint and decorate a Mexican sugar skull after getting several demonstration from artist Diego Marcial Rios.
- Colorful Sugar Skulls have long been part of the Mexican culture. The iconography of the Mexican sugar skull is represented every place in popular American and Mexican / AmericanCulture. Yet, the true history and origin of the sugar skull art is rarely discussed or known in American or Mexican culture.
Beautifully decorated Sugar Skulls are often used as decorations at gravesites and altars during Dia de los Muertos or Day of Dead. Dive into the rich history of the sugar skulls tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios, who overviews its fascinating background before giving a demo on the craft. Once you have the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand paint your own unique, expressive work.
- Brief Historical / Cultural Lecture (15 minutes)
The host will deliver a brief historical summary of the Sugar Skull art media during the Spanish Colonial Period in Mexico. There will be a brief historical summary of the origin sugar art in Italian culture and how and why this unique media was introduced to native people of Northern America. Be prepared, the host loves to wear period appropriate costumes during the delivery of the lecture!
- Ingredients for Sugar Skull
Learn how to make a colorful piece of art influenced by Mexican culture. You will learn the ingredients and application techniques necessary to decorate a sugar skull. You will also be briefly introduced as to how to make your own simple molds out of silicon.
- Hand decorative a Sugar Skull
“Blank Sugar Skulls” (various sizes and designs) , frosting and other decorations will be available for attendees to use. Let your imagination run wild! Personalize your own sugar skull.
Make Artwork Under the Guidance of a Renowned Artist
See live examples of Sugar Skull making process and get inspired by an artist who has been exhibiting for over 30 years.