“Art from the Heart” is the theme of this month’s Target Free Family Saturday on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the opening of a new exhibition, “Supernatural: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters.” Show your love by making art for yourself and others.
Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
All-day crafts and activities:
• Draw a silly or spooky creature inspired by “Supernatural” with a variety of cool art materials.
• Construct a handmade Valentine for someone special.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to fold an origami heart.
11 a.m.: Doors open.
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen and make heart-friendly fruit kebabs with a chocolate yogurt dipping sauce
12-2 p.m: Artist Timothy Teruo Watters will show you how to duplicate and remix art in a fun design workshop.
2-4 p.m.: Have a custom chocolate heart portrait lollipop made just for you by the Entertainment Contractors. (For children only, while supplies last)
2-4 p.m.: Artist Edwin Ushiro will lead a fun drawing workshop.
4 p.m.: Doors close.
Friends of the Museum
The Entertainment Contractor has been providing quality party entertainment and party planning services for 30 years in Los Angeles, Southern/Northern California and across the country in places such as Canada, Nevada, State of Washington, Washington, D.C., New York, Massachusetts, Texas and Philadelphia. Info: www.theentertainmentcontractor.com
Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a hands-on cooking experience and lesson in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring, cooking, and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell, and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats, and other ingredients that they may never have previously seen in their raw form. Info: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com
Edwin Ushiro was born in Maui and later moved to Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design, where he graduated with a BFA in illustration with honors. Since graduating from Art Center, he has worked in the entertainment industry as a production designer, visual consultant, art director, storyboard artist, and concept designer. Info: www.mrushiro.com/
Born in 1981 and raised in the wine country of Northern California, Timothy Teruo Watters (TTW) has been oil painting for over 18 years. While taking a few art classes in college at UC Santa Barbara, TTW is effectively self-taught, only receiving slight guidance from his artist grandfather, Teruo Iyama. TTW has exhibited his work mostly in small art shows and galleries from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles to Kona to even tiny St. George in Utah. For as long as TTW can remember, he has always been creating some form of art and oil painting is essential to his life. Info: www.timothywatters.com/
For more information on the museum, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.