Ikebana classes coming up at Japanese Garden, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Rooted in a closeness with nature, Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, a form of creative expression with rules.

According to Ikebana International, “Nature is always changing. Plants grow and put forth leaves, flowers bloom, and berries are borne regularly and repeatedly throughout the seasons. Nature has its own rhythm and order. The awareness of this is the first step in involving oneself in Ikebana.”

Now Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Conservatory offer Ikebana classes in the basic Sogetsu curriculum, which teaches the principles of space, balance, and color that help the student develop the artistic sense he or she will need to create freestyle arrangements. So grab a pair of scissors and get ready to be amazed by your own creativity. The instructor is Fanny Yau.

Class meets on Tuesdays at :
• Cottage House at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E
Dates : January 10 – February 7 (No class January 31)
February 21 – March 13
March 27 – April 17
Time : 1 to 3 p.m.

• Tateuchi Community Room at the Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E
Dates: February 21 – March 13
March 27 – April 17
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon

Class fee is $76 per session (4 classes); Materials fee is $10 at the first class, to be paid directly to the instructor. To register, please go online to www.seattle.gov/parks and click on SPARC; call the Parks Business Service Center at 206-684-5177, or visit any Parks facility.

For more information on Ikebana, please go to http://www.ikebanahq.org/whatis.php.