Friday, January 6, 2012

Ikebana Course Starts Tuesday, Feb. 21 in TR

Image from Wikipedia article on Ikebana
[With thanks to Rachel Harris]

Here's a heads up to the many guides who have been asking about learning  ikebana.

Parks is offering two courses this winter/spring in the Tateuchi Room.  If you can't make one, you have a chance for the other!  Both are entitled Introduction to Ikebana and each costs $85.

The first course starts Tuesday, February 21 and runs weekly for four two-hour sessions from  10 am to noon through March 13.  (Course #80407).

The second begins Tuesday, March 27 and also continues for four two-hour sessions from 10 am to noon until April 17.  (Course #80410).

Fanny Yau is the instructor.  The basic Sogetsu curriculum teaches principles of space, balance and color - you then can go on  to create  your own freestyle arrangements!

Other upcoming courses in the Tateuchi Room are in water color (Course #79306) beginning February 8; a half day exploring haiku poetry (Course #80404) on March 4, and mixed media photography (Course #79305) on February 24 and March 10.

To register:  For questions, supply lists and more information, call Cheryl Brown at 206-386-9106.  You also can register in  person or by phone at any recreation center.


  1. More from Rachel on haiku March 4: Michael Dylan Welch, vice president of the Haiku Society of America, will lead exploration of the myths and realities of this poetry form, including techniques such as kigo (season words), kireji (cutting words), shasei (objectivity) and more.

  2. we should make separate post on haiku before march 4th - Michael's workshop sounds exciting.

    about ikebana: i first heard that word when i was about 6 or 7 from my grandmother in poland. we brought some flowers from the market and she dug out some strange, hedge-hog like sponge with needles and said 'let's make ikebana' - she told me it's a japanese art you go to school to learn about, but she would let me arrange the flowers without instructions just the way i wanted. thank you Monzie, for posting this, so i can fill my education gap, finally:).

  3. I would like to continue what I started in Japan--do you know of an Ohara Ryu teacher of Ikebana on the south side? Arigato!

  4. Hi, Kelli! Phyllis Danielson heads the Washington state chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana. Her email is:

    She may be able to identify a teacher near you. Good luck!

  5. Useful options for people who are interested in ikebana