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September 11, 2023 6:00–8:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center, Gallery, Room 235
Day of the Dead

Calaveras Alebrijes

Taught by Lety Alvarez

About the Workshop

Image of rocks painted like skulls.

During this workshop the students will learn about the importance of the Calaveras in the Ofrenda for the Day of the Dead as well as the function of the Alebrijes in the Altar.

We will paint a 5 inches rock like a Calavera and will decorated following the designs used for Mexican artisans to paint alebrijes.


About the Instructor

Image of the artist next to a colorful painting.

Leticia Alvarez is a Mexican artist; she studied Art at the University of Monterrey (UDEM), and participated on numerous exhibitions. Leticia got a Master degree in Education through Art, from the University of Nuevo León. She got married and moved to the United States, where she got a scholarship at the University of Virginia Tech, and obtain a Master Degree in Latin American Studies, History and Literature. Her love for Mexico and her roots, where translated into art with different motives, first traditional Mexican toys, artesian, houses and even religious images are used to evoke the culture, traditions and memories that they represent. Leticia has collaborated with the NCMA as an art teacher for different events, as well as with Artspace and the COR Museum where she has also made the altar for the Day of the Dead for the past four years. The artist lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband David Elizondo and her four kids, where she teaches Art in her studio.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in Room 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Address: 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

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Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).