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A Guide to Classes in Ethnic Culture

February 05, 1989|PATTI VYZRALEK and JOHN BURMAN | Vyzralek and Burman are Calendar interns

The merging of cultures in metropolitan Los Angeles not only provides a diversity of ethnic arts and restaurants, but it also offers lectures, workshops and classes open to the public.

If you'd like to become involved with some of the crafts, art and dance of the various groups, read on:

Crafts and Folk Arts

The Afro-American Quilters of Los Angeles is a group meeting once a month to create greater interest in and appreciation for quilting as an art form. Through their quilting activities they celebrate, extend and expand an American tradition that began when slaves preserved discarded fabrics through quilting. The group will offer workshops starting in March. Contact: Sandra German, (213) 735-3175.

The California Japanese Ceramic Arts Guild is an organization of Japanese-Americans that promote their heritage through ceramics. Most are teachers; some are individual studio artists. They occasionally offer workshops and welcome new members. Contact: Mary Ichino, (818) 796-0968, evenings.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum offers on-going lectures and monthly Sunday family nights, with story-telling and art sessions to coincide with exhibits. On Feb. 26, the Family Night folk tales will be "Tricksters' Tales--Superstitions and Black Folklore." Information: (213) 937-5544. Fee: $4.

Los Angeles City College is offering three cultural art classes through their Community Services program in February and March. Although some classes began Saturday, it is still possible to get into the classes. LACC's offerings are:

--"Chinese Painting--Introduction to Chinese Painting With focus on Chinese Brush," where students will learn the basic brush strokes to create flowers, plants and birds--the main subjects of Chinese painting; Saturdays through March 18 at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $49.

--"Ikebana--The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging." Following the curriculum of the Ohara School of Japanese flower arranging, students will work with small form arrangements. Some materials are required, Saturdays, Feb. 4 through March 11, at 10 a.m.-noon, Fee: $49.

--"Pysanka--The Art of Ukrainian Egg Dyeing." This all-day workshop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. will require students to bring six uncooked eggs and paper towels, March 11, Fee: $22. Information: (213) 669-1031.

The Southwest Museum will have several workshops and lectures open to the public in February, March and April.

A pottery lecture and demonstration featuring the style of San Ildefonso Pueblo artist Maria Martinez will be held Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Three Martinez family members will demonstrate and discuss the making of the black pottery. Reservations are required. Fee: $10.

The Museum will also offer a lecture March 2 at 7:30 p.m. on "Pueblo Pottery." Southwest Museum curator of anthropology, Jonathan Batkin, will present an illustrated slide lecture in conjunction with the current exhibition of Pueblo Indian pottery from the museum's collection. Fee: $5. Call for reservations.

And "Object Conservation," a slide-illustrated talk by professional conservators, will address home care and display of ethnographic artifacts on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring problem pieces for consultation. Reservations recommended. Fee: $5.

For children, the museum will have a two-day hands-on workshop April 8-9 from 1-3 p.m. on Southwest Indian pottery-making led by museum staff members. Fee: $7.50. Call for reservations. Information: (213) 221-2164.

The Ukrainian Art Center will hold workshops in February and March on Ukrainian pysanka (decorated Easter eggs), embroidery and beadwork. All workshops will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the following dates: Pysanka for beginners on Feb. 19, 25, March 11, 12; an intermediate workshop will be held Feb. 19. The embroidery workshop will be March 11 and the beadwork on March 12. Reservations are required. Fee: $25 per workshop. Information: (213) 668-0172.


The Cambodian Art Preservation Group makes costumes that are available for rent and they also give performances in Cambodian dance. They will also offer home workshops on costume-making and dance in March and April. Contact: Leng Hang, (213) 591-6464.

The Folk Dance Federation of California is comprised of groups from Long Beach to the San Fernando Valley. They meet weekly to practice various forms of folk dance including Austrian, English, Greek, Hungarian, Israeli, Norwegian, Romanian, Scandinavian, Scottish, Swedish, Yugoslav, and more. Some groups offer classes and some give exhibition performances in costume. Contact: Frances Slater, (213) 277-6699.

The Greek Heritage Society occasionally offers workshops and lectures. In May, they will offer a folkloric concert of music and dance of three Greek immigrant groups who came to U.S. in early 1900s. Contact: Zoye Fidler, (805) 496-4316.

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