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2nd Saturday: “Sensu” Painted Japanese Fans

Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

Venue: Art & Education Studios


* This is either a "ticketless" free event, or an event where free tickets are handed out at the door — simply show up and enjoy. Early arrival is STRONGLY recommended as seats fill up quickly. Learn more...


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 10am and 11:15am.

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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