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Past Workshops & Classes

“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.

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Brush Strokes & Rhythm

Mural Painting & Cajon Drumming Workshop for Children

Pinceladas y Ritmo Taller de Muralismo y Tambores

para Niños

Wednesdays, (incudes 10 classes):
August 30 - November 1 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Advance Registration required - Please register before the start date.

Teachers: Juan De Dios Soto & Arael Dominguez

Learn the fundamentals of how to create, design, and paint a mural while also learning basic rhythms on the Cajon. This workshop is meant to get the creative juices flowing, allowing participants to experience artistic inspiration through painting and percussion and see how interdisciplinary arts can inspire and support each other.

Aprenda los fundamentos de cómo crear, diseñar y pintar un mural mientras aprende ritmos básicos en el Cajón. Este taller tiene por objeto hacer fluir la creatividad, permitiendo que los participantes prueben la inspiración artística a través de la pintura y la percusión. Podrán ver cómo las artes interdisciplinarias pueden inspirarse y apoyarse mutuamente.

Registration accepted on-line, by phone, or in-person at:
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Youth Printmaking Workshop

Instructor: Gustavo Mora

September 30 through December 16, 2017

Cost: FREE -This workshop is free and limited to 10 students and must be a San Francisco resident.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is pleased to announce a 12-week printmaking workshop for youth, ages 11 through 13 years old starting September 30, 2017 through December 16, 2017. Students will have a rare chance of working in the studio with international painter and printmaker, Gustavo Mora. Students will be encouraged to attend all 12 classes after which a printmaking certificate will be issued. Registration will be limited to 10 students and must reside in San Francisco.

Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio is on the 4th floor and is wheelchair accessible

Dates: Saturdays 10am-1pm September 20 through December 17, 2017

For applications and further information Call Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio: 415-643-2786 or email


Senior Printmaking Workshop 55-plus

Instructor: Marsha Shaw

October 4 through December 13

Cost: This workshop is free and limited to 10 students There is a $25 materials fee to be paid on the first day of class

A new 10-week printmaking workshop for seniors age 55-plus kicks off on Oct. 4 and runs through Dec. 13, Wednesdays 1 to 4pm (no class on Thanksgiving week). Whether you have some experience or none, it’s a great opportunity to learn how to make monotypes, collographs screen and relief prints. Learn to print and meet new friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Students are encouraged to attend regularly as each session will build on the last.

Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio is on the 4th floor and is wheelchair accessible.

For more information and to sign up call Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio at 415-643-2786 or email

Teacher Bio

Marsha Shaw lives and works in San Francisco, California where she maintains an active art and teaching practice. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. and M.A. from California State University Northridge. Shaw is currently an adjunct faculty member at De Anza College in Cupertino where she teaches drawing and design. She is the manager of Mission Grafica, a print studio at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she teaches printmaking workshops. She has lectured and taught courses in bookmaking and printmaking at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Richmond Art Center, Museum of Children Art and Mendocino Art Center. Shaw’s work is in several collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.


Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Instructor: Ignacio Rojas

Wednesday Nights
Nov 1 - Dec 6 (6 weeks)

6:30 - 9:00pm
$220 - plus $20 materials fee payable to teacher

(Class limit: 15 participants) Minimum enrollment 4.

Advance registration required with Eventbrite or at MCCLA box office. Before October 25

Class will not run unless we have at least 4 or more registrations

This course provides students with a firm foundation in acrylic painting. In this fun six week class students will learn different tools and techniques to create their own masterpiece.

Exercises are designed to provide students with an understanding of form, tone & basic color theory, as well as mixing methods and how to use textures.

Teacher Bio

Ignacio was born in Chile in 1978, migrated to Australia in 2001, and moved to San Francisco in 2016. He has a double background in fine arts and sociology and has taught drawing and painting for many years in Australia and currently has a studio at Root Division.

He has exhibited in more than thirty solo and group exhibitions as well as being finalist in numerous art competitions in Australia. He has worked in socially inclusive artistic programs and has been a research assistant and project officer in different universities including RMIT University, Victoria University and The University of Melbourne.

Ignacio loves art and celebrating cultural diversity is at the centre of his practice.


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