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December Family Sunday: The Art of Retablos

December Family Sunday
The Art of Retablos

December 7, 2014
Fort Mason Center, Building D

Join us at The Mexican Museum for an afternoon of retablo making, part of The Mexican Museum’s Family Sunday program. Adults and children are invited to take part in this free workshop where they will create their own wooden retables. Participants are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited for the hands-on art project.

Retablos, known as laminas in Mexico, are small oil paintings made on tin, wood, or copper. These were often used in home altars to venerate Catholic saints. This art form has deep roots in Spanish history, representing the heart and soul of traditional religious beliefs in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Mexican culture.

The class will be led by local artist Patricia Rodriguez. She has a rich history in the Bay Area. Rodriguez was invited to paint murals in the Mission. This led to her creating and organizing a group of women known as Las Mujeres Muralistas from 1970-1979 to paint murals in San Francisco. From 1975 to 1980, Rodriguez taught at UC Berkeley’s Chicano Studies Department. It was there that she created one of the first Chicano Art History courses in the UC system. Currently, she teaches screen printing at Laney College in Oakland while continuing to create and exhibit monotype prints and box constructions; conducting art workshops; and giving lectures.