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José Guadalupe Posada, Calavera de la Catrina (Skull of the Female Dandy), from the portfolio 36 Grabados: José Guadalupe Posada, published by Arsacio Vanegas, Mexico City, c. 1910, printed 1943, photo-relief etching with engraving, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the friends of Freda Radoff.

Hands-on Workshop “Posada & Printmaking”

Saturday, Nov 09, 2013
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Glassell School of Art
2450 Holcombe Boulevard Map & Directions

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) is considered the father of Mexican printmaking. He produced prints depicting current events, often satirizing the misdeeds of prominent political and religious leaders. Following his death, his calaveras (Spanish for “skulls”)—farcical representations in which living people are represented as skeletons—became associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated annually on November 1 and 2.

This workshop begins with a tour of the exhibition Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada. Once in the Glassell School of Art’s printmaking studio, artist David J. Webb demonstrates the relief etching process used by Posada. Participants then create a linoleum cut print, which emulates woodcut prints—another technique used by Posada to great effect.

• Meet in the Law Building lobby
• Please bring your confirmation form
• Contact with any questions or concerns or in the event that you cannot attend once registered so that someone from the standby list may participate.

Click the "Get Tickets" button and use your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Activities include a tour of the exhibition, art-making instruction and materials, and refreshments.
• Materials fee: $15
• Workshop fee: $60 MFAH Members, $65 nonmembers

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.