We present classes and workshops in a variety of longstanding Japanese popular arts. These include calligraphy, ink brush painting, gift wrapping with furoshiki (colorful squares of printed cotton cloth), origami (folding paper to create three-dimensional figures without the use of glue or scissors), and Ikebana, or traditional Japanese flower arranging.
Taught by Japanese instructors, or by Western teachers who have lived and studied in Japan for years, these courses not only help you acquire new skills, they give you insight into the sources of artistic creativity in Japan, and the values of discernment, refinement, harmony, and subtlety that have shaped Japanese society for millennia.
Pre-registration is necessary for all classes and workshops. Please email us at email@example.com to sign up for a class, to inquire about class times, fees, and locations, or for other information regarding our current and future offerings.
Ikebana originated in the 7th century, under the influence of Buddhist priests, and is much more than a simple expression of creativity like the Western custom of putting pretty flowers in a vase. A disciplined and meditative art form with deep-rooted rules, it bestows special benefits on those who practice it: inner peace, and harmony with nature, both while creating an arrangement and when contemplating it later.
As a living tradition, Ikebana has evolved into a number of major schools over the centuries. We offer two-hour classes taught by certified master-level instructors trained in Japan in the techniques of the Ikenobo and Sogetsu schools. Ikenobo is the oldest school and emerged in the 1550s. It specializes in a time-honored classical manner of arrangement. Sogetsu developed in 1926 and makes use of a wider range of plant and other materials to achieve a style that is more fluid and free-form.
There is a $25 instruction and floral materials fee for Ikenobo classes; Sogetsu classes cost $35 per session. Fees do not include admittance to the Gardens, and are payable in class in cash or by check in the instructor’s name. Advance registration is required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org specifying which class(es) or sessions(s) you wish to attend.
Sogetsu School Classes (Two sessions):
January 8 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
February 19 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
March 31 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
Ikenobo School Classes:
January 21 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 23 6:00 – 8:00 pm
February 18 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 20 6:00 – 8:00 pm
March 18 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 20 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm