EDUCATION

Classes Featured for Spring

​​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.

Southwestern Wall Pocket Planters  4th -Adult  2 Days

 

Recalling the beauty of desert landscapes, Southwestern decor is warm and full of energy with a hint of rugged appeal. This style evokes a sense of place with its unique geometric patterns, artisan-made pottery, and rough-yet-cozy aesthetic. Using rich colors, such as turquoise and terracotta, bright sunny yellows, reds and greens for the pallet. Common Motifs can include the cactus, flowers, Native American patterns, Mexican lore and Chicano(a) symbols. The Wall pockets can also be made into Decortive Wall Corazons.

Fiesta Maracas - Kinder - 2nd grade

Maracas are one of the most recognizable of the percussion instruments, a pair of rattles made from gourds or other materials. Maracas are essential to Latin and South American orchestras and bands.  They are usually oval or egg-shaped with a handle. The family of musical instruments is divided into groups depending on how sound is produced. Solid or sealed objects that have full, distinctive sounds are classified as "idiophones." Maracas are part of a further subgroup of instruments that are shaken rather than struck. Idiophones that are struck include cymbals, castanets, and the xylophone.

Our craft is made with plastic spoons and plastic eggs filled with beans, beads and rice.  Kids will dance with their Maracas.

Embossed Mexican Tin Art - 3rd - Adult

One of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art is hojalata (tin artwork), also known in some parts of Mexico as, lamina or lata. Since the 1500's, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork.


Mexican tin art is created with a sense of humor and imagination. Many people in Mexico have tin art displayed in their homes, while other places such as cathedrals have symbolic religious tin ware displayed.

Our craft is made with thick aluminum and is embossed with wooden tools, painted and embellished. 

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.   

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.  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. 

Our craft can be easy for young children as well as complex for older teens and adults.

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, and address 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.  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:

 

Casitas - 6th-Adult

Retablos - 2nd-Adult

Sugar Skulls - Kinder-5th Grade

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

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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