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“Dia De Los Muertos”

Sugar Skull Art Workshop

Two separate Saturday sessions:
September 23 | 12:30 - 3:00p | October 7 | 12:30 - 3:00p
Adult: $45 Children: $25 (class limit 12)
Advance registration (before the class date) required with EventBrite or at MCCLA box office.
Studio D
Class will sell out so please register early!
Teacher: Diego Marcial Rios

Hand paint and decorate a Mexican sugar skull after getting several demonstration from artist Diego Marcial Rios. See live examples of Sugar Skull making process and get inspired by an artist who has been exhibiting for over 30 years. Colorful Sugar Skulls have long been part of Mexican culture. Beautifully decorated Sugar Skulls are often used as decorations at gravesites and altars during Dia de los Muertos. Yet, the true history and origin of sugar skull art is rarely discussed or known. Dive into the rich history of the sugar skulls tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios, who will provide an overview of 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!

Teacher Bio

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. Diego has a C.L.P. from the University of San Francisco. He received a number of fellowships for his Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.

Diego Marcial Rios' fine art has been included in more than 500 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. He is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc.

He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more. He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television and Radio. His artwork has been included in many magazines. Diego has been a recent guest speaker at UC Merced, St. Marys College,  San Jose State University, De Anza College.