Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos – Ofrenda workshop

Ofrenda, A two day workshop exploring mixed media art, Mexican crafts and traditions related to Dia de Los Muertos with Marianna La Violette and Cathy Stoyko

Marianna and Cathy and will share fun mixed media art techniques, crafts and traditions surrounding Dia De Los Muertos. Over the two days everyone will have the opportunity to create 1-2 mini shrines aka nicho boxes, a festive headdress, colourful banners, paper flowers and Gods eyes for making your own personal ‘ofrenda’ aka altar to welcome and celebrate loved ones who have passed.

The workshop is open people ages 12 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult), register in advance (workshop size limited to 12 people).

Suggested price $75 or pay what you can, less or more. All materials are included and everyone registered will get a package with fun collage materials, patterns and handouts.

Once you are registered we will send you a list of optional things to bring like; copies of photographs of loved ones who have passed, personal ephemera, small objects that hold significant meaning and memories.

Tools are provided to use in class but feel free to bring your own paint brushes, Xacto knives, cutting mat and scissors if you have them. 

Tea and snacks are provided but plan to pack a lunch or get lunch at one of the local cafes within walking distance to the studio.

Where & When

Oct 23 & 24, 2021, 10am-4pm each day

The Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave, Cumberland

$75, includes all materials. Pay What You Can option available.

See also Danza de los Viejitos

Teachers bios

Marianna and Cathy are both visual artists and have co- created community altars and organized celebrations for the dead together in Cumberland for several years.

Marianna is an accomplished painter, watercolourist and avid crafter with dance and live theatre experience. She is passionate about celebrating and sharing traditions from her Mexican roots with her community.

Cathy Stoyko has been active in the Comox Valley arts community for 20+ years as a dancer, event organizer and visual artist with a passion for mixed media painting, 3D assemblage, altered books and creating masks and headdress for performance. She studied visual arts at Langara College and Emily Carr in the 90’s and has taught mixed media art workshops in the past through the Denman Island Arts Centre and The Comox Valley Art Gallery.


This workshop is part of our PRACTICE program, which is supported by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program.

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