Altar and Sugar Skull classes

2019 class schedule will be posted soon

Memorial Altar Box Making Classes $10 per student

Altar classes are a part of the festival's education outreach.  Creating one of these remembrances is a great way to learn more about the traditions of Día de los Muertos and form a personal connection with the holiday.  No artistic talent is needed, desire to make a memorial for someone important to you is all that is required.  At times, remembering close family or friends is too difficult, therefore, we also encourage you to create memorials for mentors, heroes and pets.  

In this class you learn about building Day of the Dead altars or ofrendas for the departed.  The small cigar box remembrance that you make in class can be the first building block of larger altars that you may want to make in the future. Each class has volunteer teachers who assist and encourage you as much or as little as you like. PLEASE wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or stained with paint!

We provide:

  • Cigar Boxes 

  • Art Supplies of all sorts

  • Samples for inspiration

You should bring, if you can:

  • Color copies of photos of the departed - even if the photos are black & white, color copies give the best result.

  • Small replicas or images of things they enjoyed - food, beverages, hobbies, sports, work, organizations, books, shows.

  • Copies of letters, postcards, ticket stubs, quotes.

  • Things that remind you of them.

We recommend making copies of original items so that irreplaceable mementos are not lost or damaged.

Sugar Skull Making Class $10 per student

Sugar skulls represent a departed soul, have the name written on the forehead and can be added to an "ofrenda" (altar) to honor the return of the spirit of a loved one. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing, and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. There is nothing as beautiful as bright, fancy, unusual sugar skull! If you’ve ever wanted to learn about this craft and make your own sugar skull but never have, now is your chance.

Class Schedule