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Materials Lab Workshop: The Art of Peruvian Potato-Plaster Retablos, Session I (English)

By Harvard Art Museums

In this first part of a two-part workshop, learn about Peruvian retablos, and create your own Carnival mask sculpture to fit in a retablo box.

Person sitting at a table filled with small, brightly colored sculptures.

.: 日曜日, 3月 19 10午前 – 12午後.

This is a two-part workshop, taking place on Sunday, March 19 and Sunday, March 26. The sessions cannot be taken separately.

On March 19, participants will learn about the retablo tradition, model the potato-plaster mask sculpture, and decorate the surrounding box; on March 26, they will paint the mask and assemble their retablos.

Ages: 14 to Adults.


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

Please email or call 617-495-1440 to join the waitlist.

Registration required

  • Specific dates…

Registration is required for both sessions, and space is limited. The sessions cannot be taken separately. Registration will open on this form beginning on Thursday, March 9. Materials fee must be paid to confirm registration.


$25 materials fee.


  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138

Neighborhood 9

The hands-on sessions will take place in the Materials Lab on the Lower Level.

Wheelchair accessible.

Minimum age of 14; no previous experience is required. This is a two-part workshop, taking place on Sunday, March 19 and Sunday, March 26. On both dates, there will be a session offered in English and a session in Spanish.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.


Additional information

Join fourth-generation Quechua retablos artist Zuly Palomino Jimenez to learn about the history and material significance of this traditional folk art form and to create your own intricately decorated potato-plaster sculpture of a mask—an important cultural element of the Carnival season in Andean Peru—that will fit into a retablo box you’ll be able to paint.