Saturdays, 10/21-11/18/2023, 10:00am-1:00pm
5 in-person sessions
Location: City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus
50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco
Room EH/F 1
The Horticulture/Floristry building is located at the north end of campus on the 300 block of Judson, between Gennessee & Foerster
Instructor: Rachel Johnson
Students at all levels of experience are welcome! For Beginners this class will introduce you to the basics of Sogetsu Ikebana - the most innovative of Japanese floral design schools. Using a variety of plant and flower materials you will explore the dynamic use of line, mass and color. You will also learn many skills for bending, cutting and conditioning different branches and flowers. Ikebana deepens your appreciation of all plant materials, and offers a unique medium for self-expression through flowers. For the first time beginning student and on only the first session, the instructor will provide materials.
Continuing and Advanced students: Come to the first class prepared with materials to make an arrangement. We will chat about where you are in the syllabus and how I can support your continuing studies.
Each class includes a demonstration, practice time for your own work with assistance as needed, and an instructor-led review of all designs. Students bring their own flower and plant materials, and can apply for access to shop at the San Francisco Flower Market.
Some equipment is available for in-class use only. If you wish to purchase your own, the instructor will help you. Bring hasami or flower shears if you have them.
Rachel Johnson is a versatile and experienced Sogetsu instructor with over 20 years ikebana practice. In addition to in-depth classes, she enjoys introducing ikebana to a wide range of groups including family, social, school and professional settings. Rachel is the Ikebana committee coordinator for the Asian Art Museum, she exhibits at Bouquets to Art, and gives demonstrations in the SF Bay Area. She also designs professionally for home, business and special events.
Image credit: Rachel Johnson