Other CHAC Classes and Workshops:

Cascarones - Any Age

Cascarones are hollowed out chicken eggs filled with confetti, ribbon and small toys traditionally used to celebrate Easter. Instead of Easter egg hunts, Mexican communities have cascarone fights. Parks, backyards and blacktops become battlegrounds, where the goal is to throw or smash the eggs on the heads of as many people as possible. Tradition says having a cascaron smashed on ones head brings good fortune.

Water Color Corazon - Kinder- 3rd

Corazon is the Spanish word for heart. The Sacred Heart is often depicted in Christian art as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross, and bleeding. Of course paintings of Corazons can be regular valentine hearts to express the love the participant has for the person they are creating the Corazon for.


Casitas - 2 hour Adult Class $35.00 each participant

Casitas is Spanish for 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.

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.

Themes for our Nichos are Saints, Corazons, Superheros, or Frida Kahlo or Pocket Alters.

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.

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

"La Catrina” has become the referential image of Death in Mexico. It is common to see her embodied as part of the celebrations of Day of the Dead throughout the country; she has become a motive for the creation of handcrafts made from clay or other materials, her representations may vary, as well as the hat." – J.G. Posada

Learn about the Mexican Holiday Dia de los Muertos, how they think about skeletons and skulls, and learn about Catrina and why she is so popular during this Holiday.

Our Craft is all about dressing our little skeletons with cloth, yarns, clay and other embellishments.



Sugar Skulls - Kinder- 5th grade

A calavera is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to edible or decorative skulls made from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls, such as the lithographs of José Guadalupe Posada. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.

Our craft is made with little sugar skulls made with puffy paint or colored icing.  Embellishments include sequins, little jewels and sparkles.

To book a Workshop:

Contact Arlette Lucero

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

Please include:

  • Name, email and phone number of Contact Person

  • Name and address of School, Business or Organization 

  • Number of participants

  • Age or grade of participants

  • Date requested for workshop

  • 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 (April-September only): 11am-3pm

Every First Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm

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

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