OutsmART Ex-Votos Collage Workshop Mixed Media


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Ex-Voto Collage Workshop: Mixed Media
10/22/22 — Sat, Oct. 22, 2022 1PM 


In this workshop, students will make personal ex-votos. Working with craft materials, magazine clippings, and photos, students will cut and paste to make a collaged ex-voto expressing gratitude for something they are thankful to have in their lives. The final result will be a physical collage that will be showcased in the museum’s Mullenix Gallery. 


Spend some time thinking about someone or something you are grateful to have in your life. Bring an image from home that reminds you of that person or thing; one that you don't mind cutting up. 

MATERIALS (breakdown on excel sheet) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c1pollhr_izFKoztCQqJJVvFB8AaThwXOVo8Ltryoa8/edit?usp=sharing
  • Construction paper
  • Thick white/light colored craft paper (for mounting final image)
  • Thin metal craft sheet/paper
  • Transparencies
  • Tissue paper 
  • Magazines
  • Printed Ex-Votos Retablos from Collection
  • Colored pencils 
  • Crayons / Oil Pastels
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors 
  • Craft Glue 
  • Foam brushes (for glue) 
  • Access to printer

Connections to exhibition

  1. Retablos (have printed examples, layers, heroes )
  2. Xochi Solis (materiality: layers of cut paper, paint, colored pencils/crayon/pastels, found imagery. 

“Solis considers the repeated act of layering a meditation on color, texture, and shape all leading to a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate environment, both natural and cultural” 

  1. Justin Favela (piñata, fringe, wall murals vs piñatas, Latinx cultura/celebrations)

I am interested in exploring the notions of authenticity, place, and identity, using familiar materials to make large-scale installations, sculptures, and paintings. As a queer person of color working in the United States, I believe that expressing joy, making art accessible, and taking up space can be a political act.”


  1. Rip, Cut, and shred paper/images (what do each of those signify?)
  2. Layer images (to create meaning) 
  3. Paste/glue (how to build texture)