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EDUCATION

Classes Featured for February
During our Shows:
Corn Mother's Healing Through the Arts

Casitas -  2nd - Adult 1 hour class or

                2 hour Adult Class $35.00 each participant

Casitas is Spanish meaning little houses.This is a Crafty Chicana project.Loud and colorful they are created the way we like our crafts to be.Casitas and shrines are created with the feel of Mexican Folk Arts with a Chicano(a) twist.The project starts with a little wooden casa, painted and collaged then adorned with many crafty items.Embellishments for the Casitas include pictures, glitter, glass globes, beads, rhinestones, ribbons, flowers, a variety of trinkets and personal items. The participant uses as much or as little as their hearts desire to make each little house special in their own way.

 

These little houses can be made to hang in homes, become gifts or be displayed in a gallery space.They can be sacred as shrines or made like little doll houses.They can house little special items loved by the creator of the casita.

Alebrijes - 2nd grade-Adult
 

Alebrijes (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈβɾixes]) are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, "Alebrijes". Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.

Ojos de Dios - 1st - Adult

A God's eye (in Spanish, Ojo de Dios) is a spiritual and votive object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. Often several colors are used. They are commonly found in Mexican and Mexican American communities, among both Indigenous and Catholic peoples.

Ojos de Dios are common in the Pueblos of New Mexico. The spiritual eye of the Ojos de Dios is thought by some believers to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye. During Spanish colonial times in New Mexico, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, Ojos de Dios were placed where people worked, or where they walked along a trail.

In other parts of the Americas, artisans weave complicated or variegated versions of the traditional Ojos de Dios, selling them as decorations or religious objects. There has also been a huge increase in the use of Ojos de Dios as an easy and fun craft for children.

Chicos Nichos - 2nd - Adult

In Mexican and South American cultures, small, decorated boxes called “Nichos” are commonly found in homes and public places, displayed on walls or pedestals. Made from wood or tin and often painted with bright colors, they provide a stage-like setting for an object or collection of objects that have great significance. Most commonly functioning as an altar for a religious icon, a Nicho can also serve as a memorial to a loved one or as a reminder of an important event.

Retablos - 2nd - Adult

Retablo is a Latin American devotional painting, especially a small popular folk-art using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art.

Spanish retablos of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance grew extremely large and elaborate, typically using carved and gilded wood. The tradition of making them was taken to the new Spanish Empire in America. 

Retablos come from the need of humans to interact on a personal level with divine spirits. This tradition of retablos was also brought into New Mexico and southern Colorado by the Franciscan monks. 

To book a Workshop:

Contact Arlette Lucero educator@chacgallery.org

or call CHAC 303-571-0440 during business hours.

Please include:

  • Name, email and phone number of Contact Person

  • Name of School, Business or Organization 

  • Number of participants

  • Age or grade of participants

  • Date requested

  • Location of workshop (CHAC or School,etc)

  • What workshop are you interested in

These Workshops are $10.00 per participant if at CHAC which includes tour and materials unless otherwise noted.  We also charge $35.00 more if the workshop is at your location.  Workshops are 1hr.

Other workshops are available.  Please contact Arlette Lucero for more information.  Please check back for updates.

We Preserve and Promote:
  • Visual Arts - sculpture, painting, photography, and fold art.

  • Literature - poetry, prose, and drama.

  • Music - choral, vocal, instrumental, and composition/arrangement.

  • Dance - folk, ethnic, Avant Garde, classical, and traditional.

  • Humanities - History, sociology, philosophy, lexicon, and education.

Gallery Hours

Wednesday-Friday: 11am-3pm

Saturdays (March-September only): 11am-3pm

Every First Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm

Will open by appointment. Please call 48 hours in advance, 303-571-0440.

Other workshops:

Sugar Skulls - Kinder-5th Grade

Festival of the Bones/La Catrina - 2nd-5th

Retablos - 2nd-Adult

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