by Michael Arbizo
Dia De Los Muertos is associated with beautiful and somewhat morbid depictions of death. It is a very influential theme at the end of Hispanic Heritage month which runs from Sept. 15 thru Oct. 15. The Fine Arts Department decided to intertwine both Hispanic Heritage month events and Dia De Los Muertos by sponsoring a sugar skull ceramics workshop.
The workshops were held on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8. and both events involved students and staff creating sugar skulls from clay. Professor James Gamble was the instructor on scene who shared his expertise about how to create these masterpieces. He taught the basic elements of how to create a skull from clay and the process of glazing/painting them. These two Saturday classes were free to both students and staff on campus.
After the clay sugar skulls were painted and fire-glazed they were ready for their temporary homes in the display case at the Glendale Community College Performing Arts Center. The Dia De Los Muertos Exhibit is open to the public from Oct. 24 until November 7.
The art exhibit displays over 175 different artistic takes on sugar skulls. All the works of art were created by students, faculty, and staff. There is a variety of different sugar skulls to see such as jewelry, paintings, and mix-media pieces. The Fine Arts Department will also be hosting an exhibit reception with free light snacks on Nov. 2 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. in the foyer of the Performing Arts Center.