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Pinata Building Workshop to Include Look at History, Culture of the Iconic Handicraft
Saturday, November 20, 2021


Learn the classical Mexican tradition of pinata making when Sun Valley Museum of Art presents a bilingual workshop on Dec. 4.

Visiting artist Carlos Lecanda, a professional pinata maker, will present the workshop in both Spanish and English from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at SVMoA’s Hailey classroom at 314 Second Ave. South in Hailey.

He will demonstrate how to make two different types of pinatas, as well as paper flowers with which to decorate the pinatas. And he will discuss the cultural history of the pinata as he does so. Lecanda will then work with students as they build their own to take home.

The workshop is designed for those 16 and older; beginners are welcome. Free childcare will be provided onsite.

While typically associated with Mexico, pinatas actually originated in Italy. The word comes from the Italian word pigna, meaning cone-shaped. The Spanish changed the name, ascribed the pinata religious significance and  brought the tradition to Mexico.

Lecanda is well versed in calligraphy, metal engraving and painting, as well as sculpture and artisanal handicrafts. He has charged himself with passing on many of the traditional art from Mexico as they are disappearing.

“He is passionate about the traditional process of making piñatas and enjoys sharing his knowledge,” said Jeanne Knott, visual arts class assistant at SVMoA. “His work is play and well-crafted.”

Those participating in the class will be required to wear face masks. Tuition is $10. Walk-ups are welcome the day of the workshop. Questions? Visit  or call 208-726-9491.


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