2020 Dia de los Muertos Workshops
This Fall we welcome you all to join us virtually for a series of Art Making workshops in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Though we may not be able to physically come together, we look forward to connecting virtually.
These offerings will be free and open to all however, donations will gladly be accepted.
Altar Making with Claudia Lopez
Owner and curator of the Guatemalan Boutique in San Juan Bautista, Claudia Lopez, returned as our guest artist for this virtual altar making workshop livestream from Friday, October 16th. Claudia demonstrated the different elements that make a traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar to commemorate loved ones who have departed. We are so grateful we could still come together virtually to continue to learn and educate others on this beautiful tradition. Watch the video from our workshop below!
Other workshops offered this past month
Shoebox Ofrenda Project
This family friendly Art project is a creative activity catered for children and youth on how to create a simple altar at home using El Teatro Campesino’s rasquachi approach to art making. Great workshop to do as a family using materials you have at home. Instructional videos will made available online to follow at your own pace and will also introduce the tradition of Dia de los Muertos and the importance of celebrating those that have passed before us. Share a photo on social media of your completed project between October 9th – November 2 and use the hashtag “#ETCaltar2020” for chance to win raffle prizes!
|MATERIALS NEEDED FROM HOME:|
|Shoe box ( Medium size recommended )|
|Index cards ( 2-3 ) & writing utensil|
|Tissue paper ( 2-3 colors )|
|String or yarn|
|Tape & Glue|
|Paint brushes ( 3 different sizes )|
|Paint ( crayola, acrylic ) or markers|
|Cup for water|
|Household/Rasquachi items: empty paper towel roll or empty toilet paper roll, foam blocks, plastic containers, oatmeal cups, paper cups, card stock paper, etc|
|Any personal items you would like to include to the ofrenda (a pin, perfume bottle, earrings, scarf, etc)|
|Clay or Color Molding clay (Click HERE for reference)|
|Molding Tools (Click HERE for reference)|
Follow along to our instructional videos on how to make a SHOEBOX OFRENDA at home! We encourage you to view the introductory materials below before embarking on your creative journey.
Introductory Materials Before Starting the SHOEBOX OFRENDA
Shoebox Ofrenda – Lesson #1
Shoebox Ofrenda – Lesson #2
Shoebox Ofrenda – Lesson #3
Story Circle Workshops
Join us from the comforts of home in this bilingual workshop held over Zoom. The workshop will be themed around Dia de los Muertos and will include introductory teatro games and activities that also remind us of where and who we come from. Led by Cristal Gonzalez Avila, the workshop will also include opportunities for interactive dialogue about our antepasados and their experiences. All ages and experience levels are welcome to attend, no experience required, come ready to participate! These storytelling circles will inspire a new Dia de Los Muertos play “ El Corrido de los Muertos ” in 2021 at El Teatro Campesino
Limited capacity for each workshop. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and is first come, first served. You will be sent a confirmation email when your spot has been secured.
Workshop Dates Please note, the same workshop will be offered at the following dates/times.
- Tuesday, September 29, 2020 (6pm-7:30pm)
- Thursday, October 1, 2020 (6pm-7:30pm)
- Saturday, October 3, 2020 (10am-11:30am)
- Materials Needed:
- Paper & Writing Utensil
- 1 Random Object from home (Can be ANYTHING)
- Picture of a loved one (Optional)
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR STORY CIRCLES