Hands on-Mexican Arts and Crafts
Workshops offered by teaching artist
“Corn Husk - Hojas de maíz”
In these Hands-on workshops, participants
learn how ancient cultures are inspired by nature to make their arts and crafts as well as the importance
of corn in Mexican native cultures.
Workshop #1 “Corn Husk Figurines ”: Participants craft their own figurine made
out of corn husk and decorate them. They can choose to make Aztec gods or their own doll creation.
Workshop #2 “Corn Husk Flowers”: Participants craft their own flowers made out
of corn husk and decorate them. Seasonal Marigold flowers are made for Day of the Death celebrations and altars and Poinsettias
for Nativity and Christmas Seasons.
#3 “Corn Husk Puppets”: Participants craft their own puppets made out of corn husk and decorate them. Participants can
choose to make a finger or a pencil puppet of their own creation.
Why corn?...For the Aztec or Mexica cosmogony, corn is the element that sustains the
world and the essence of all creation; it was of corn that the first gods were made of and after them all the world as we
know it right now. Many native cultures around the world share this connection with this malleable element.
Materials fot these
workshops include corn husks, corn silks, rice, craft sticks and non-toxic acrylic paint.
“Sugar Skulls- Calaveritas de
In this seasonal
hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Day of the Death celebration and its traditions , includying the meaning
of altars and the special place sugar skulls have in honoring our ancestors. Participants will
mold and paint their own edible sugar skull with edible color paste and named it after
some ancestor or beloved person.
sugar?...Throughout Mexico, Day of the Death is a celebration of joyfull remembrance the sugar reminds us of joy.
Sugar skulls are supposed to be eaten by live and deceased: it is believed that if a skull is put
on the altar, the death’s sould will come and eat it, if you offer it to a beloved person, then they are supposed to eat
“My Piñata-Mi Piñata”
In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican Piñata
tradition, its meaning and its role in other Mexican celebrations. Participants
will craft their own piñata in the traditional form, with cardboard and
glue made out of flour and water and decorate them with color paper shaped in various forms. Finally they
will learn the traditional piñata song and lyrics.
approach to the subject can be done depending on the season: Why is the Piñata used for the Posadas
and what is its meaning?, Why the Piñata used to celebrate birthdays? And why on May
5th and September 16th?
“Sugar Christmas Ornaments- Adornos Navideños de Azúcar”
In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students
will learn about the Mexican Christmans celebration and traditions , includying the meaning
of the trees and nativity scenes. Participants will
paint their own edible sugar ornament and get it ready to hang up on their christmans
trees or put in their Nativity scenes.