Families are invited to partake in a full day of live performances and art making during Arts Day at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) on Sunday, June 7, from 10am to 4pm.
Guests can deepen their visual literacy as they learn from professional artists and CSULB art students the joy of art making and explore art projects that are a fusion of influences from both modern and traditional Japanese art.
Activities suitable for all ages will be ongoing throughout the day. Participants can take home projects that they have created, including paper marbling on folded fans, insect sketching on bookmarks, sumi-e ink painting of flowers on shikishi (Japanese art boards), mixed media with stamping and koi (carp) fish color images, Japanese calligraphy, stenciling paper landscapes, and sketching in charcoal. There will also be activities introducing the advanced art of anime, portraiture, and watercolor painting.
In addition, there will be live outdoor performances throughout the day including taiko drumming, koto harp playing, and Japanese dance. “The beauty and power of hearing these performances in the Japanese Garden setting is beyond compare,” said assistant director Alison Redfoot.
Arts Day is open to the general public without a reservation. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members and free for children 12 and under and CSULB students.
The garden is located on Earl Warren Drive near the Bellflower Boulevard entrance to the campus. Free parking is available in Lot 16 near the garden on Sunday.