deMeng de los Muertos

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

deMeng de los Muertos 2010

Hey everyone welcome to the deMeng de los Muertos blog.  I started this so I can keep folks up to date on workshop info for this years Day of the Dead Art excursion in Oaxaca Mexico.  I'll be posting images from years past as well updates on this years workshop.

This year's class:
Altar-ed Faces:  Nicho Masks and Paint-Making

Oaxaca 2010...
as I a mentioned in a previous post, I am returning to Oaxaca for yet another Day of the Dead teaching extravaganza.   Up until now I have been keeping the class project a bit of a secret while I worked out some details with my organizer and Mexico guru Colleen...I don't know how I'd pronounce all those indigenous names without her....i.e. huitlacoche (which is a corn fungus by the way). I reveal the secret....
the classes title:
Altar-ed Faces:  Nicho Masks and Paint-Making
In this class we are going to create masks that also function as shrines...."Head Cases" or "Altar'ed Faces"...take your pick.  Using assemblage techniques students will create reliquaries that could potentially be worn as well as hang on the wall.
Now for the really exciting part:
 We are also going to explore a variety of paint-making methods, ranging from indigenous Mexican techniques to contemporary processes.  There are some really unusual and fascinating indigenous techniques that Mexicans use to create paints....very weird science.  Using these techniques we will create paints and colors the old fashioned way....the really old fashioned way. 
 We will also use learn t make textures and colors from some of the materials we find along the way.  I will also incorporate some modern paint technologies in the paint making process...just to keep things interesting.
This workshop will also include a variety of Day of the Dead activities, as well as excursions throughout the artistically rich Oaxacan Valley.  More information on those tours as they get worked out.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
for more info contact Colleen Darling:  805-688-1221

The blog was set up so as we get things figured out like specific tours and itineraries I'll post them here.  I'll also be putitng up photos from years all you deMeng de los Muertos veterans from the last three years.  Let me know if you want to post any photos and I'll be glad to do so.

Remember the class size is limited.
hope to see some of you there!


  1. Hi Michael I have a timely photo for your blog and it's of you...No censoring, how do I get it posted? Joanne

  2. Im going to have to join you for 2011

  3. I know this is less than a few weeks away but is it still open? I just found this and its the trip I've been dreaming of!