Workshop: Materials Used in the Making of Santos

The Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) announces a three-day workshop-- Materials Used in the Making of Santos -- to be held on the campus of the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 5 -7, 2001. The program will emphasize the nature and manipulation of materials employed in historic and contemporary santos, including wood, ground, paint, and gold leaf.

Intended for practicing santeros/santeras, novice and experienced alike, the workshop will feature a hands-on studio experience exploring the nature of many materials and techniques employed in the creation and preservation of santos. Specific topics include:

  • wood selection and properties

  • preparation and grounds

  • traditional and contemporary paints

  • gold and metal leaf (including substitutes)

  • tooling and surface texturing

  • studio practices and safety

  • preservation and restoration practices

The workshop will provide each participant with materials (woods, paints, etc.) and reference literature.

Attendance will be limited to 50. Participants will be selected by lottery from applications received by June 1, 2001. The tuition fee is $250.00, which includes lunches, course materials, and local field trips. Do not send in payment until your participation has been confirmed by SCMRE.

This program complements the SCMRE exhibition SANTOS: Substance & Soul /Sustancia y Alma which will be shown at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico (NHCCNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 22 - November 4, 2001. Co-sponsors for the workshop include the NHCCNM, the College of Santa Fe Art Department, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society (SCAS), and the exhibition's co-sponsor, the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives (SCLI). For further information or to receive an application, please visit our web site at or contact workshop organizers c/o "Making of Santos Workshop" by mail or fax as listed below.

Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center, Room D2002
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863
301-238-3700 Telephone
301-238-3709 Fax