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Ikebana class

Contact Elizabeth Hammer Munemura,

Executive Director

Ikebana - The Way of Flowers

Learn the beautiful art of Japanese Flower arranging taught by Shoko Iwata ranked as first somu teacher. After a demonstration, you will make an arrangement to take home.


Ikebana (or "arranging flowers" or "making flowers alive") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō ("way of flowers"). The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, they were placed in the tokonoma (alcove) of a home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with over 1,000 different schools in Japan and abroad.


Shoko Iwata has exhibited and taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been President of the Sogetsu NY Chapter.  


Thursday, June 24, 10-11:30 AM

Registration will only be open until Tuesday, June 22 at 8pm to allow the instructor time to buy flowers in advance of the class


 Using baby's breath (gypsophila) as a technique in arranging ikebana, free style. Flowers and materials included, $70 per person.

Thursday, July 22, 10-11:30 AM

Please make reservations before Tuesday, July 20 at 6pm, as the instructor must obtain supplies in advance


 Composition Expressing on a Movement. Arrangement using plant, flower, and leaf materials to create a composition by developing its idea from a verb of movement. For example:  cascading downwards, or rolling etc. Flowers and materials included,

$70 per person.

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