Floral Design with Ikebana
Learn this ancient Japanese cultural art of flower design, known as ikebana. Ikebana has a thousand-year history. It is embedded with symbolism and philosophical ideas expressed through the beauty of plant and flower materials. It is the most well-known Japanese art form together with the tea ceremony. You will start with basic design concepts and progress to intermediate and advanced levels. Each class meeting will start with a lecture and demonstration by the instructor. You will then work on your design. The instructor will give critics and recommendations on your work. A beautiful ikebana arrangement will emerge that you can enjoy in your home for the week.
Materials will be discussed at the first class meeting. Bring a Pyrex baking dish, garden pruner and a heavy pin frog, or chose to invest around $150 in a one-time cost of supplies. These include two ceramic containers, a pair of ikebana scissors (hasami) and a large pin frog (kenzan) (see picture). All these can be ordered at wholesale prices from the instructor. The containers are commissioned from a ceramic artist. This equipment will be used for years as you continue to move to higher levels. Fresh material cost is $15/meeting, $120 for the fall session. Material required are branches, form flowers, and some greens. These will be provided by the instructor or you can bring your own. Email the instructor for instructions on what are the appropriate material you can use. $30 textbook recommended but not required.
Ikebana supplies dimensions:
- Tsutsu (tall container): 12” H x 3.5” D
- Suiban (round flat container): 12” D x 3”H
- Kenzan (pin frog): 3.5” D
- Hasami (scissors): regular size for adults
DATES: 8 Thursdays: September 23 - November 18, 2021 (No Class on Nov 11)
TIME: 2:00 - 5:00pm
FEE: $120 + materials
LOCATION: NCC Campus Room N2439
INSTRUCTOR: Thanh Nguyen
QUESTIONS: Contact instructor at email@example.com
|Meet the instructor|
|Thanh Nguyen||I have practiced ikebana for over 30 years and have been teaching for 20 years in the Bay Area. I have degrees in two major schools of ikebana in Japan, as well as California Teaching Credentials. I was a two-term President of Ikebana International in San Francisco and I am the current President of Ikebana Teachers Federation. I have done numerous workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions is the US and outside of the country.|