Floral Design - Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arrangement


$199 Limited inc GST / $159.20 / $179.10
Floral Design - Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arrangement

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Course description

Learn Ikebana – the art of Japanese flower arrangement in Sydney.

Basic Ikebana floral accords to simple rules and principles. This course is designed to teach authentic Ohara School Ikebana techniques and build an understanding of the ancient Japanese art, which evokes the sensitive beauty of nature and the stunning style of formative art. Ohara Style Ikebana is unique for its emphasis on seasonal qualities, natural growth processes and the beauty of natural environments. This course is conducted by a high qualified Ohara Ikebana teacher who will customise each class to suit the season.


Note: Parts of the agenda may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

  • Introduction to Ikebana
  • Explanation and demonstration of basic style and traditional style of arrangements which the students will learn and practice during the course
  • Demonstrate by using the same flowers, stems and branches different styles and variations of arrangements
  • Using the scissors – the correct way to trim branches, stems, leaves
  • Bending of branches
  • Select flowers, branches, and stems for a particular arrangement
  • Identify the correct vase or base that can be used with a particular arrangement
  • Using the Kenzan
  • Learn how to keep arrangements fresh for as long as possible
  • Blend Ikebana to your surroundings or make it a focal point
  • Identify focal points of your arrangement and positioning it

By the end of this Floral Art Class the student will have learned:

  • Economical flower arrangements using only two or three flowers
  • How to use their arrangements to enhance or blend into surroundings
  • That each flower has a face, function and relationship to another flower
  • The correct choice of a vase or base
  • That Ikebana can be seen in the same light as painting or sculpturing, where you are constantly fine-tuning a single stem, like a painter or sculptor is fine-tuning a part of his painting or sculpture
  • You will make 3 different arrangements
Materials provided
  • Container
  • Kenzan
  • Flowers*
  • Branches*

*You will be able to take home your flowers and branches

Please bring
  • A pencil
  • Paper
  • Secateurs to cut branches
  • A small towel and a bucket

Please wear closed in shoes. You may like to wear an apron.


Rozelle Campus, cnr Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian entry opposite Prince Street. Click on the following link for directions:

Student Feedback

"She provided much detail into the principles of ikebana which exceeded what I had expected & answered all questions really well. It was a very enjoyable day also."

"Very knowledgeable on the subject matter. She made time to explain the principles of Ikebana and then do a practical demonstration allowing suitable time and expert supervision when we practiced ourselves."

"Her detail and intructions were very clear. I loved this course and the teacher. I felt really comfortable in the environment and it was just a wonderful experience! The teacher was so knowledgeable & inspiring. She gave individual help & was very clear in her instructions whilst demonstrating. The course was well structured. The teacher was easy to understand & was extremely helpful & gave individual help. I left the course feeling so inspired. The teacher was an absolute delight & it was lovely to have experienced her wealth of knowledge & passion for her craft. It was great watching her do the demonstrations at the end of the day."

"The teacher was very well prepared. She had prepared and thought thru the flowers she was using. The class was limited to 8 students so everyone received individual attention and we went home with lovely flowers and a basic knowledge about Ikebana. She was Japanese and was very passionate and clearly very knowledgeable about Ikebana and still doing master classes at the Ohare school."

"Excellent. The course was brilliant.... just the right length with the right breaks. The teacher was excellent... I couldn’t rate her highly enough... just a wonderful experience."

"The teacher is very knowledgeable and skilled."

"Full knowledge of subject and creative! Came away armed with knowledge and ideas.Kuniko was very engaging, and clearly very knowledgeable
of the history and practice of Ikebana. It was wonderful to have her guidance and to watch her in action completing the demonstrations! It was a lovely and relaxing atmosphere. Both tutors were very helpful and generous in their feedback."

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Course testimonials:

  • Lisa said: The tutor was charismatic & knowledgable

  • Georgina said: Our tutor, Kuniko, was amazing and made the entire course highly enjoyable and insightful. Kuniko not only taught us some base principles for ikebana and guided our practice, but gave amazing insights into the less prescriptive aspects - how to consider and reflect natural beauty in the choices and positioning of each arrangement. She also gave insights into Japanese culture more broadly. I came away feeling like I not only was well equipped to do some basic ikebana of my own at home, but that I truly understood its greater purpose and appreciation of natural beauty, and had been privileged to spend time with someone so interesting and passionate about what they do. Thank you Kuniko!

  • Philippa said: Best thing was the tutor. She was fun, knowledgable and a great teacher. Will certainly consider taking further courses of hers.

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