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Family & Community Art Day – Day of the Dead- Ancestor Portrait Workshop

Day of the Dead /El Día de los Muertos – Ancestor Portrait Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 1-2:30pm
Online workshop via Zoom. Ages 5+
Supply list provided. Art kits available.


Join us for a virtual Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos art making activity led by teaching artist Eduardo Valadez Arenas! In this Ancestor Portrait Workshop, participants, learn about Mexico’s most historically and culturally important event and create a decorative portrait collage to celebrate and honor the memories of a loved one who has passed away. You will use photocopied images of a loved one (ancestor, family, friend, celebrity or even a beloved pet),  as well as colorful, textured paper and other fun materials to complete the decorative portrait. These collaged portraits are inspired by the photographs featured in the Day of the Dead altars you see throughout Latin America and the US. As a bonus, participants will also create papel picado (chiseled paper) flags inspired by El Día de los Muertos and Halloween themes.

Registration required and sliding scale tuition available. 

Supply list will be emailed before the workshop. We’re offering a limited number of DOD Ancestor Portrait Art Kits which are available for an additional fee. Curbside pickup info is listed here.


Instructor Bio: Eduardo Valadez Arenas is a Mexican-American artist and educator from Mexico City by way of the Coachella Valley. He currently lives and works in the Bay Area. His artworks echo the diaspora, his Mexican-American heritage, and influences of California pop culture. His mixed-media works on paper and handmade panels contain elements of cartoon illustrations, sign painting, traditional printmaking techniques, and street art. Eduardo works in arts education, youth empowerment, public art, and community collaborations. He has taught at various arts institutions including the Mexican Museum SF, Riverside Museum of Photography, Museum of Children’s Art, Kala Art Institute, and Arise Youth Center. Eduardo received his BFA in Arts Education/Community Arts from the California College of the Arts.

Event Details

Date: October 24, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Online via Zoom. Please Register via ActiveNet.