Jun 24, 2023 - Jul 22, 2023
Full course description
Saturdays, 6/24-7/22/2023, 10:00am-1:00pm
Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arranging
Location: Ocean Campus, EH/F 1
Instructor: Rachel Johnson
For five weeks, this enjoyable 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. Continuing and advanced students also welcome. Come to the first class prepared to make an arrangement. For the first time student and on only the first session, the instructor will provide materials.
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. Workshops will be in person at the Floristry and Environmental Horticulture Department.
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