Parent & Child Workshop - Sugar Skull Workshop

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a workshop of festive fun here at the Mill! Create sugary sweet, bright and cheerful tokens with family and friends in celebration of those loved ones who have passed.

In this traditional Mexican Folk Art workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and decorate sugar skulls to bring home or leave on display upon our community altar exhibition.

Often the name of the passed loved one is written on the skull’s forehead before being placed on the altar, and it is then accompanied by marigolds, candles, and sometimes food and drinks, in order to help guide them back to earth.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, please visit



Supported by the Atherton Family Foundation

Bio- Akiko Cutlip was born and raised in Japan. She received her BA in fine arts from the California State University in 1998 with a focus in Drawing and Painting. Since then, Akiko has taught art in both private and public schools. For the last 15 years, she has been dedicated to providing arts education to  grades K - 5 after-school art programs in the San Francisco Bay area. Akiko’s Japanese cultural  background and heritage serve as a large influence in her own work and in teaching.  She enjoys connecting meaningful ideas around culture and the arts when exploring art techniques and concepts with her students.  This is Akiko’s first year teaching with the Donkey Mill Art Center.

DMAC will provide: 

  • Sugar skulls
  • Paste colors, eight or more (Be sure to include a dark red, yellow, orange, and purple.)
  • Plastic bags or pastry icing bags
  • Colored foil 
  • Small plates for drying and moving each sugar skull
  • Decorative Beads

Participants should bring:


A Creative Mind and Open Heart

Event Properties

Event Date 10-12-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 10-12-2019 12:00 pm
Location Donkey Mill

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