Join us for “Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement”, with ikebana artist Craig LeCroy. This two-session workshop will be held in the morning and afternoon. Attend one or both sessions.
CLASSES ARE FULL
Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement
Instructor: Artist, Craig LeCroy
Open to adults 18 years or older, no experience required
Saturday, June 9 | Morning: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon | Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 each session
Materials: $20 for both sessions | $15 afternoon session only (paid directly to instructor)
Students will learn some basics of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. LeCroy will provide an orientation to this ancient art form and introduce Japanese aesthetics: harmony, spirit, simplicity, asymmetry, and closeness to nature.
The morning session, 10 a.m. to noon, will focus on floral arrangements. The afternoon workshop, from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. will use pine branches to create free style arrangements.
The morning class will offer an introductory lesson on the moribana style. Plant materials and flowers will be provided. Students will select a horizontal container and complete an arrangement. LeCroy will provide feedback and guidance.
The afternoon class will be a lesson on the use of pine branches in ikebana. Students will practice cutting and designing pine branches for an arrangement using free style methods.
Students attending the morning session will receive an ikebana kenzan, a special type of spiky flower frog used in ikebana. Students may bring their own ikebana vase/container or select for class-use one of the containers provided by Hoffman Center ceramic artists. These containers will be available for purchase if students want to take their completed arrangements home.
Both sessions are limited to ten students.
In 1982, Craig LeCroy happened upon an ikebana exhibit at the Los Angeles Pacific Asia Museum and was so taken by the exquisite elegance and beauty displayed in the Japanese flower arrangements on display that he began a lifelong interest in ikebana. He is currently a student in the Sogetsu School and is excited to share his passion for this art form. LeCroy teaches social work at Arizona State University and practices ikebana and stone sculpture as his main avocation.
The workshops will coincide with LeCroy’s ikebana display in the Hoffman Center Gallery.