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Self Help Graphic's Annual Day of the Dead Family Workshops

Almost every Saturday in October 2009 from 1 pm to 3 pm

By Victoria Delgadillo
Published on LatinoLA: September 18, 2009


Self Help Graphic's Annual Day of the Dead Family Workshops


Self Help Graphics & Art is pleased to offer the following Dia de los Muertos workshops in October 2009. These community workshops for the WHOLE familia are free, and take place 4 Saturdays in October----starting right at 1p.m and ending PROMPTLY at 3p.m each time. All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics & Art!

Please be on time, wear clothes that are not too precious, enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun & tradici??n with new friends and old ones too.

Please note and mark the dates & times in your calendar, all these workshops take place at SHG, 3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue in East LA.

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OCTOBER 3, OCTOBER 10, OCTOBER 17 & OCTOBER 24, 2009

Flores de Papel/ Paper Flower Making , 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Come learn the tradition of creating handcrafted paper flowers with Master Altar Maker, Ofelia Esparza and the Esparza Family. Many of the flowers you create will be used for the community altar which is one of the yearly traditions at Self Help Graphic's Dia De Los Muertos Celebration each November 2. There will be paper flowers to take home too. You can make small and big flowers of multiple colors. This workshop is open to all ages. No experience is necessary.

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OCTOBER 3, OCTOBER 10, OCTOBER 17 & OCTOBER 24, 2009

Paper Mache Mask, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn to create your very own calavera mask with artist, Dewey Tafoya. Dewey made plaster forms for you to build your paper mask on, which makes the classic Paper Mache calaca-look easy to achieve. Create your mask on one Saturday, let it dry for a week, then come back the following Saturday to paint and glitter it! Making masks is a two-part process, be sure to make time in your schedule for 2 Saturdays. Small kids will need help with mask making---they should bring a parent, older sister or brother to assist them.

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OCTOBER 3, OCTOBER 10, OCTOBER 17 & OCTOBER 24, 2009

Dia De Los Muertos Mascara Decorating 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join crafter, and long-time SHG workshop leader Becky Cortez for an afternoon of decorating one-dimensional, calaca mascaras (masks) created by a SHG artist and printed on card stock. This workshop is challenging for young and old, because there are different materials for you to select from for personalizing your mascara. They each come out beautifully unique! We encourage you to wear the mascara you created and decorated to Self Help Graphic's Dia de los Muertos procession on November 2!

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OCTOBER 3 & OCTOBER 24, 2009

Papel Picado 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A guest artist will teach the basics of papel picado using some simple cutting techniques and a template. Create traditional Day of the Dead designed cut-outs that you can use to display as panels and banners. This papel picado workshop is best suited to students who can use scissors and can follow a template. Some of these paper picado panels will be displayed as part of the community altar at Self Help Graphic's Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, some will be for your Dia de los Muertos altar at home too. Parents are encouraged to attend classes with their child.

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OCTOBER 10 & OCTOBER 17, 2009

Papel Picado 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Papel Picado goddess, Margaret Sosa is teaching this session---don't miss out! Learn the basics of papel picado with some simple cutting techniques and the use of a template. Create traditional Day of the Dead designed cut-outs that you can use to display as panels and banners. This papel picado workshop is best suited to students who can use scissors and can follow a template. Some of these paper picado panels will be displayed as part of the community altar at Self Help Graphic's Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, some will be for your Dia de los Muertos altar at home too. Parents are encouraged to attend classes with their child.

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OCTOBER 10, OCTOBER 17 & OCTOBER 24, 2009

Luminarias 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Come to the world premiere of Theresa Hernandez' Day of the Dead themed luminaria making workshop. With simple materials, paints and calaca inspired d?®cor, create a beautiful hand-made luminaria that you can prominently place at your home for beckoning los espiritos. Luminarias are made from paper bags, weighted down with sand and are illuminated from within by a lit candle and traditionally line walk ways and paths. More recently, they are becoming a traditional addition to a Day of Dead altar for guiding the spirits to the treats that await them. Theresa Hernandez is a long time Self Help Graphics artist with an extensive background in printing. This is a fun and easy craft for all ages. BRING A PHOTOCOPY PICTURE OF THOSE YOU WANT TO REMEMBER THIS DAY OF THE DEAD FOR YOUR LUMINARIA.

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PLEASE NOTE!

THIS YEAR'S SELF HELP GRAPHICS' DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ELA CIVIC CENTER (3rd & Mednick), on Monday, November 2, from 5pm to 11pm. Free street parking. Dress up for the Calaca Walk & Procession! Great family entertainment from our community's best musicians, Day of Dead food and crafts for sale, Children's craft tent, Fabulous art installations, fun and friends. See you there!

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These workshops (listed above) ALL take place at:

SELF HELP GRAPHICS & ART (upstairs)
3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323)881-6444

About Victoria Delgadillo:
Victoria Delgadillo is a relentless volunteer for Self Help Graphics & Art in East LA. She is currently a blogger on LAEastside.com and is frequently featured on local radio talk shows for her art activism.
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