Families get the chance to go on a global adventure at the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday event
from 10 am–3 pm Saturday, December 6. Featured events include an ink painting activity led by Kayoko Wakabayashi, where participants learn how to draw a Japanese character; a Scandinavian mitten-making workshop led by Kerstin Beyer; short films exploring distant lands, including Anita’s Africa and Rojo Red; two performances of traditional Spanish dance by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre; a story time led by guest author/illustrator Sandro Asatiani; and a gallery crawl that will take families around the world in 15 minutes.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Activities recommended for kids ages 6–12.
Saturday, December 6, 10 am–3 pm, Free
Families embark on a global adventure during this day of international art and culture.
Story Time with Sandro Asatiani, 10:30 am
Meet author/illustrator Sandro Asatiani who’s traveled from Florence, Italy, to share tales from his Virtual Publishing House.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Signed in Ink, 10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
The Japanese word kaku means to draw, to write, and to paint. Learn how to draw Japanese characters using bamboo brushes and ink with artist-instructor Kayoko Wakabayashi.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Felted Fun, 10 am–3 pm
Use felt, a favorite material of artist Joseph Beuys, to make a pair of Scandinavian mittens. Artist-instructor Kerstin Beyer will show families how to make traditional, colorful patterns.
Performance: Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, 11 am and 1 pm
Zorongo’s ensemble of dancers and musicians bring the power and energy of Spain’s flamenco dance to the Cinema stage in two live shows.
Film: Destinations, 12 noon and 2 pm
Chart a new course and discover distant lands in a series of world-roaming short films.
Directed by Beverley Reid
In this documentary, children in British Colombia enthusiastically exchange letters with children in Uganda. Among the new pen pals is Anita, who tells of her daily life in Africa and paints a vivid portrait of her rich culture and environment. Canada, 2007, 18 minutes.
Directed by Juan Manuel Betancourt
Federico wants to be left alone with his imagination, but when his family won’t let him play he flees the house only to become entangled in a tear in the pavement. When he tries to free himself he realizes he is more tied to the world than ever before. Colombia, 2007, 13 minutes.
Gallery Crawl: Around the World in 15 Minutes, 12:15 and 1:45 pm
Meet in Bazinet Lobby
Join tour guide, Jane Mercier for an entertaining exploration of several works in the collection that will transport you around the world in 15 minutes.