Escondido, CA

March’s 2nd Saturdays Free Art Lesson features painted Japanese fans

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free 2nd Saturday art lesson on Saturday, March 9.   

March’s free art lesson will feature “Sensu” Painted Japanese Fans.

The folding fan (called Ougi and Sensu) was invented in Japan between the 6th & 9th centuries. The fan named Ougi (hi-o-gi), or the “court fan,” was considered the symbol of high social status. The Sensu fan was used in Japanese dance forms like Kabuki, while other forms of the fan were used in tea ceremonies.

Nowadays, various types of Sensu are available at different prices and for the masses. Most of these fans are beautifully painted with traditional Japanese scenes, such as cherry blossoms or mountain ranges.

In this lesson, you will receive a fan to paint and use for traditions of your own, while learning about the importance of the symbols and colors used for different fans. 

Taught by Center Teaching Artist, Nancy Robinson, 2nd Saturday art lessons are 1-hour, free classes held in Studio 2. Classes are held at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

This is a non-ticketed event with space available on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is recommended. All materials are provided, just bring your creativity!

Enjoy the current exhibition, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, and Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066 before or after your lesson for free (donations welcome) as part of our 2nd Saturday programming.

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Escondido’s 2nd Saturday Arts & Culture Experiences is a uniquely creative collaboration between Escondido arts organizations, with the goal of injecting art and culture back into the community.

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