4th Annual Day of Dead - Mexican Sugar Skull Making and Decorating Art Class

Event has passed (Sun Oct 8, 2017 - Sun Oct 8, 2017)
The Finnish Hall
8pm - 10pm
Art, Family & Children


4th annual Day of Dead-Mexican Sugar Skulls making and decorating art class in Berkeley

Hosted and Taught by Internationally Acclaimed Artist; Diego Marcial Rios
Special One Time-Verlocal Night Class due to popular demand!

Date: October 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM to 10 PM ( Night Class)
Location: The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, CA
( Ski-Lodge Room)

Time of art class: 2 HOURS
All materials: Sugar skulls, Royal Frosting, Frosting Dispenser are provided by host

Costs: $38.00 per adult
Costs: Free for all curious and friendly ghosts of departed loved ones that may pass through!

?Hand paint and decorate a Mexican sugar skull steeped in the rich cultural history of Mexico after getting an expert demonstration from artist Diego Marcial Rios.

?Breath taking colorful Sugar Skulls have long been part of the Mexican culture. Beautifully decorated Sugar Skulls are often used as decorations on graves and altars during Dia de los Muertos or Day of Dead. Dive into the rich history of the sugar skulls tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios, who overviews its 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.

?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. Rios may appear in a period piece costume.

?Handcraft a Sugar Skull
Learn how to make a colorful piece of art influenced by Mexican culture. You will learn the ingredients and application techniques necessary to decorate a sugar skull. You will also be briefly introduced as to how to make your own simple molds out of silicon.

?Hand Crafted Sugar Skulls available for attendees to decorate
“Blank Sugar Skulls” , frosting and other decorations will be available for attendees to use. Let your imagination run wild! Personalize your own sugar skull.

? Make Artwork Under the Guidance of a Renowned Artist
See live examples of Sugar Skull making process and get inspired by an artist who has been exhibiting for over 30 years.

? Mexican Pan Dulce and some organic, locally grown Fresh Fruit will available to eat as a snack during workshop time.


  1. The Finnish Hall 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA