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Sugar Skulls

October 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am 3:30 pm

Date: Saturday, October 21st
Session 1:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 2:
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Total Sessions:
Diego Rios
Room 212
All Ages, 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Skill Level:
All Levels
Sliding Scale:
$15 / $25 / $35
Financial Aid Availabl
e – Apply Here

session 1 – Sold Out session 2 – Sold Out

About the class

Hand paint and decorate a Mexican sugar skull  steeped in the rich cultural history of Mexico after getting an expert demonstration from artist Diego Marcial Rios. 

Breathtaking colorful Sugar Skulls have long been part of Mexican culture.  Beautifully decorated Sugar Skulls are often used as decorations on graves and altars during Dia de los Muertos  or Day of Dead. Dive into the rich history of the sugar skulls tradition alongside internationally  acclaimed artist  Diego Marcial Rios, who overviews its fascinating background before giving a demo on the craft.  Once you have got the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand paint your own unique, expressive work.

● Brief Historical / Cultural Lecture (15 minutes)

The host will deliver a brief historical summary of the Sugar Skull art media during the Spanish Colonial Period in Mexico.  There will be a brief historical summary of the origin sugar art in Italian culture and how and why this unique media was introduced to native people of Northern America. 

● Handcraft a Sugar Skull

Learn how to make a colorful piece of art influenced by Mexican culture. You will learn the ingredients and application techniques necessary to decorate a sugar skull.  You will also be briefly introduced as to how to make your own simple molds out of silicon. 

● Hand decorative a Sugar Skull

“Blank Sugar Skulls”, frosting and other decorations  will be available  for attendees to use.  Let your imagination run wild! Personalize your own sugar skull.  

● Make  Artwork Under the Guidance of a Renowned Artist

See live examples of the Sugar Skull making process and get inspired by an artist who has been exhibiting for over 30 years.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Diego Rios


Diego Marcial Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. Diego has a C.L.P. from the University of San Francisco. He received a number of fellowships for his Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by
contemporary society.
Diego Marcial Rios; fine art has been included in more than 500 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. He is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, Orange County Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art of Madison Wisconsin, etc..
He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Madison Art Center, WI; Mission Cultural Center, SF; Irish Arts Council, Belfast,
Ireland and many more. He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television, Radio and one Movie. His artwork has been included in many magazines. Diego
has been a recent guest speaker at UC Merced, St. Mary’s College, San Jose State University, De Anza College, University of Chicago, University of Springfield.

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