Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace
Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace

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Sugar Skulls
Sugar Skulls

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Alebrijo Coyote
Alebrijo Coyote

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Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace
Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace

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Classes Featured for Fall

Frida Kahlo Inspired Symbolic Self-Portraits

Frida Kahlo was a self-taught painter, best known for her self-portraits. At eighteen years old, Kahlo was seriously injured in a bus accident. She had to recover in bed for more than a year. During this time, Frida began to pass the time by painting still life and self-portraits.

Frida was Inspired by her country's popular culture. Her paintings are in a native folk art style and often had strong autobiographical elements, mixed with realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Frida Kahlo's paintings have been described as a Surrealism or Magical Realisim.

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.

Papel Picado and Papel Flores - Kinder- 5th grade


​​Papel Picado and Papel Flores - Kinder- 5th grade

Papel Picado is a decorative Mexican art craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper.  They can also be made by folding tissue paper and using small, sharp scissors. Common themes include birds, floral designs, and skeletons. Papel picados are commonly displayed for Fiestas and religious occasions.


Papel Flores were first predominantly used in churches or home alters.  When votive candles began being used in churches, the flowers were barred because they posed a fire hazard.  Eventually paper flowers became more secular and were made more elegant and colorful.

Our Papel Picados and Flores are made simply with tissue paper and scissors.


Mayan Weaving - 2nd - Adult


Myth has it that Grandmother Moon, the goddess Ixchel, taught the first woman how to weave at the beginning of time. Since then, Maya mothers have taught their daughters, from generation to generation uninterruptedly for three thousand years, how to wrap themselves around the loom and produce exquisite cloth. Weaving colorful cotton fabric was an art form among high ranking ancient Mayan women. They cultivated cotton and used natural dyes from plant, animal and mineral sources. They used spinning whorls to create thread that was dyed vibrant red, yellow, green, and blue.

Native American Bead Work - Kinder-8th

One of the most common arts and crafts practiced by multiple Native American tribes included the decorative use of beads of various types. Generations before Europeans landed on the shores of the new world, Native American beadwork used primarily stone, shell, quills, and bone carved patiently with non-metal tools. As the decades went by and new materials like metal and glass were introduced by the new people arriving on the shores, the beadwork patterns used on clothing, jewelry, and decorations became much more intricate and stylized.

Alebrijes - 2nd grade - Adult

Alebrijes 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. 

Our craft is made with Crayola Model Magic Clay.   


Due to CoVid-19  All in house workshops are cancelled.

Contact Arlette Lucero

or call CHAC 720-662-4822 during business hours.

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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.  2 day projects of 1hr each are $20.00 per participant.

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

Other workshops at this Link:


Cascorones   Any Age

WaterColor Corazon   Kinder-3rd

Casita    Adult

Southwestern Wall Pocket Planters  4th -Adult

Fiesta Maracas    Kinder-2nd

Embossed Mexican Tin Art    3rd-Adult

Ojos de Dios    1st-Adult



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.