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Description: Altars are a central part of Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead celebration. In this workshop, participants will create altars to honor passed loved ones using tin-smithing techniques to create tiny shrine assemblages through personal narratives and abstract imagery. Instead of throwing colorful beautiful tins and aluminum cans into the trash, we will decorate your shine(s) by stamping and punching, shaping, riveting and connecting this colorful metal into your personal story or abstract images. In this12 hour class you will learn the art of metalworking techniques and will leave with a few meaningful finished projects. Please bring 2 to 5 soda cans or cookie tins and photos (2 x 3”  - 5 x 7”) of loved ones or inspirational figures for creating beautiful works of art.

Level: Ages 13-17

Supply fee includes: 

  • Saw Blades (15 per student)
  • 2 Tin Container(s) for a personal tiny shrine
  • 3" x 5" Terne Plate Tin Metal for a Wall hanging
  • Leather hanging
  • 24 gauge 3" X 4" Copper sheet
  • Steel Wool 
  • Gold, silver and copper foil
  • Craft Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes
  • Matte or gloss acrylic medium

Students should bring: 

  • Wear clothes that you can get dirty in or apron
  • Closed toe shoes 
  • A healthy snack and something to drink
  • 2-3 soda cans, and approximate size 5" X 5", 5" x 7", cookie tin
  • 3 1/2" x 2 1/8" photo(s) or a copy(s) of your loved one that you plan to honor for your tiny shrine
  • To personalize your shrine, bring images and photos to fit your cookie tin, silk or natural flowers, decorative ribbon, sequence and or beads etc. that could be meaningful for your shrine. you would like to include meaningful materials for your shrine which can be hot glued to your shrine. Don't go out and buy new items if you don't have them on hand. If you want to purchase, look at the dump resale shop, etc. 
  • 1 1/2" square image to glue onto Terne Plate 
  • Ideas for your shrine: A person, a pet, any animal in the environment you feel you want to honor

Instructor bio: Theresa Lovering-Brown is an artist, teacher, metalsmith and mentor. She began her teaching career in the San Francisco Bay area in 1986. For 25 years she taught and was head of the Jewelry and Metal Arts at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey CA where she recently retired from full-time teaching. She’s been a guest artist at the annual Yuma Symposium, past President of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Her knowledge of Metal Arts is wide-ranging and extensive. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from San Diego State University, a Masters of Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and did a post-graduate residency at the Appalachian Center for Crafts

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