US BOTANIC GARDEN – NATIONAL ARBORETUM – SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
Registration status: CLOSED
Intro to Ikebana will resume in 2022
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Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral design. Learn base principles (rules, ratios, angles) and how this approach can be applied to other types of gestural design
Registration Status: CLOSED for Fall Sessions
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Floral Form is a 4 week guided flower practice, inspired by ikebana. Over four weeks you’ll learn elements of design, explore your personal style, and develop design techniques to support that
Interested in immersive floral installations, I began experimenting with flowers as a medium by means of a flower farm in Northern Virginia. The journey led to studying ikebana which offers a minimal yet strong approach to design.
In seeking flower knowledge I come across wonderful artists & designers but few who effectively communicate the techniques that make their work impactful. I’ve considered the language and approach to my personal practice to better help others achieve their desired outcome. Solid base mechanics, design elements, and mindset all contribute.
My goal is for students to feel empowered and have the resources they need to create freely. I have a regular flower practice and playful curiosity which means I’m continually learning as well.
New and developing floral designers
Gardeners who are curious about design
Artists exploring a new medium
Friends and coworkers
Those looking for joy & nourishment