Demons and dioramas: Day of the Dead papier mache sculpture

Course Dates: 29/09/19 - 20/10/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anna Sikorski

This short course is a hands-on introduction to the basic principles and techniques of papier mâché and mixed media sculpture, inspired by the rich forms and colours of Mexican 'Day of the Dead' celebrations.


What is the course about?

An opportunity to enjoy making fantastic sculptures, masks, memorials and miniatures. Enter into the spirit of the festival and its rich themes, forms and colors, through the ancient and versatile material of papier mâché.

What will we cover?

You will become familiar with making sculptures from paper and assorted skills, adaptable to many creative scenarios. You will make a collection of objects inspired by Mexican tradition, the varied and colorful rituals of the day of the dead. You will have the opportunity to explore personal interests such as mask-making and dioramas.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• papier mâché layering
• pulp techniques
• constructing
• coloring
• finishing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners welcome and advanced makers wishing to invest time and learn new skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This will be a hands-on course with demonstrations and learning through doing. There will be suggested projects and you will be supported by the tutor to develop your own ideas.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a hair dryer but this is not compulsory.

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may also go to other sculpture courses such as Introduction to sculpture, Carving in wood and stone, Introduction to working in metal and wire, Prop making or the one year City Lit sculpture course.

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Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VU208

Sun, day, 29 Sep - 20 Oct '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £249.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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