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“Sacred Hearts & Skulls”

Traditional Mexican Paper Mache Art Workshop

Two separate Saturday sessions:
May 20th | 12:30-2:30 pm | June 17th | 12:30-2:30 pm
Cost: $15 per class
Studio D
Teacher: Diego Marcial Rios

Create and hand paint a Sacred Heart or Mask Steeped in the rich Cultural History of Mexico, after getting an expert demonstration from artist Diego Marcial Rios. Learn how to make a wall worthy piece of art influenced by Mexican culture. You will learn the almost forgotten ingredients necessary to create paper mache paste. You will also learn the methods of creating larger 3-D structures.

Breathtakingly colorful Sacred hearts and Masks have long been part of the Mexican culture. Beautifully decorated paper mache masks are often used in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Dive into the rich history of the paper mache tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios who details it’s fascinating background before giving a demo on the craft. Once you have got the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand paint your own unique expressive work

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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Mosaic Art Workshop Class

Studio D
Instructor: Leslie Mathie

Two separate Saturday sessions. Choose one.
April 22 session 1 // June 10 session 2

SAT 10:00am-4:30pm
COST: $50 tuition + ($10 Materials fee to Teacher)

This Mosaic class gives you basic to intermediate instruction on creating mosaics. It is a fun class that exposes you to the ancient world of mosaic art. You will learn how to make a mosaic art piece and have fun creating it. You will have the opportunity to choose what you create from a selection of flower pots, variety of concrete figures, unique items or, wall hanging piece. You will explore the direct method with cutting techniques, design layout and finish the piece with grouting. Please wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty. There will be a fee of $10 for materials due on the first day of class.

Teacher Bio

Leslie Mathie has been creating mosaic art for over 20 years with formal training from master mosaic artist Luciana Notturni, in Ravenna Italy. In addition to training in Italy, she has attended several seminar classes from various mosaic artists through The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), including class taught by renowned mosaic artist Ilana Shafir, from Israel. She has been teaching mosaic art workshops for the past 8 years in the Bay Area, most recently for Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park. She concentrates on medium 2D projects and 3D objects.

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