Jennifer Van de Pol

Jennifer Van de Pol

Halloween art class goes hands-on

Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art Lab features paper mache.

For centuries those in Mexico have celebrated the Day of the Dead, or Halloween, by creating Calaveras, otherwise known as sugar skulls.

Next Saturday (Oct. 25) kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will have the opportunity to create their own sugar skulls at the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art Lab.

“We were thinking, what could we do that is really unique and really fun around Halloween,” explained Jennifer Van de Pol, the gallery’s art education coordinator.

Although the Mexican tradition is to create sugar skulls, students at the Art Lab will be creating their skulls out of paper mache.

“So we don’t run into overly hyper kids,” explained Van de Pol about the reason not to use actual sugar.

The class, which will be run by art education assistant Jacqueline Yeo, will teach students how to make 3-D sculptures as well as how to work with different mediums. Students can also expect to get a little messy.

“Sometimes in art you have to add some mass to make it a little  more  interesting and fun,” Van de Pol. “I think it is going to be really exciting.”

Art Lab runs on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Registration costs $12 per child or $18 for two siblings. To register please call 250-754-1750.

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