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From Gourd to Maraca: Maya Painting Workshop

Gourd Painting Workshop

The maraca is a must-have percussion instrument that anyone of any age can play! Made of dried gourds with seeds or stones inside and decorated, the maraca is essential to keeping the rhythm flowing in Latin and World music. The Maya and all Native Americans use gourd vessels daily as well as in rituals and social gatherings. Gourd rattles accompany music and dance performances. These gourds are often painted with patterns found on Maya ceramic vessels and textiles such as those on display at the Down Jersey Folklife Center.

After an inspirational walk through the exhibit, Ubaldo Sánchez, a master Maya-Mam artist, will lead a maraca painting workshop. A short introduction of traditional and modern decoration methods, along with a pop-up display of painted gourds will inspire you during the two-hour workshop. Decorate two maracas to create music for your family and friends! All skill levels are welcome.

Class fee: $10
Materials: $34
Class Limit: 8 students (max)
Ages: 12 and above