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Imaginook's Cultural Heritage Innitiative - connecting old and new traditions in Art

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshops
with Diego Marcial Rios

adults, teens, kids 10+

Saturday, September 30, 2023,

10 am - 1 pm

Imaginook is happy to present Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop as part of our Cultural Heritage Innitiative with SF Bay Area artist Diego Marcial Rios.


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 the Mexican culture.  Beautifully decorated Sugar Skulls are often used as decorations on graves and altars during Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

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 of 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 to how to make your own simple molds out of silicon. 

●Hand decorative a Sugar Skull

“Blank Sugar Skulls”  and frosting instructions 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.  

● Extra Bonus! Mexican Pan Dulce and some organic, locally grown fresh fruit will available to eat as a snack during workshop time.

All materials are provided.

Space is limited, registration is required.

The price is $60 per participant.

Dates available:

Saturday, September 30, 10 am - 1 pm

sugar skulls by Diego M.Rios

Images are courtesy of Diego M.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, etc.. 

He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; 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 and Radio. 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.

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