Workshop: Papier-mâché Lanterns and Piñatas

Person leaning down to apply a piece of newspaper to a large paper mache sculpture.

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Gallery 400

This hands-on workshop invites participants to experience the papier-mâché artistry prominent in Tultepec, Mexico, where traditional methods of papier-mâché fabrication are used to create the sculptural foundations for elaborate pyrotechnic displays.

During the workshop, participants will create their own structures for uniquely designed lanterns and piñatas using papier-mâché technique from the Tultepec-based Artsumex Collective. Pieces can be finished with decorative crepe paper, known as ruffles, and paint, and can be taken home or donated to the gallery. Please dress comfortably in something that you don’t mind getting messy!

This program is presented in conjunction with Adela Goldbard’s exhibition at Gallery 400, The Last Judgment on view until October 19.



Este taller práctico invita a participantes a experimentar el arte del papel maché, prominente en Tultepec, México, donde se usan métodos tradicionales de fabricación para crear los bases escultóricos para espectáculos pirotécnicos elaborados.

Durante el taller, participantes crearán sus propias estructuras para linternas y piñatas excepcionalmente diseñadas usando la técnica del Colectivo Artsumex, basado en Tultepec. Las piezas pueden ser terminadas con papel crepe decorativo (conocido como ruffles) y pintura, y pueden ser llevadas a casa o donadas a la galería. Por favor, vístase cómodamente en algo que no le moleste manchar!

Este programa está presentado en conjunto con la exposición El juicio final de Adela Goldbard, abierta hasta el 19 de octubre.



At Gallery 400, we strive to continually increase the accessibility of our physical space, exhibitions, and programs. Through growing relationships with partners at UIC and the wider disability community in Chicago, we strive to integrate creative access measures into our exhibition and program planning from the outset. We will continue to work transparently with individuals and organizations to improve our institutional practices and create spaces that are accessible to all. We welcome any feedback or ideas that you may have.

Gallery 400 is located on the first level of the Art & Exhibition Hall building with a push-button accessible door and can be accessed by a set of stairs with a railing or an elevator (Level 1R). If there are any barriers to entry on the day of the event, we will post updates through our social media channels.

There are two all-gender restrooms located on the same floor as Gallery 400. While the restrooms are accessible to wheelchair users, the door to the restroom is not. Visitors who use wheelchairs can request personal assistance with opening and closing the restroom doors by asking any Gallery 400 staff member.

The entrance to the building is located in a turn-around where visitors may be dropped off right outside the main door. The closest UIC public parking lot is the Harrison Street Parking Structure. Further information regarding parking on campus can be found at UIC Parking Services. Motorist assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 312.355.0555.

Gallery staff can provide chairs in the gallery space upon request. The front desk attendant is trained in Personal Assistance and can provide audio description, large text labels, and transcriptions.

Other accessibility services are available upon request and may be arranged by contacting the gallery at 312-996-6114 or emailing Gallery 400 at