OURAY - Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging, is the creative display of natural materials with attention to the harmony of line, color, space and dimension. Said to have its roots in China, flower arranging arrived in Japan with the introduction of Buddhism in the 6th century. Over time, the art form shed its religious mantle and came to be practiced by people from many levels of society. The strict rules and prescribed formal techniques that are the hallmark of most Japanese art forms serve as the foundation for the symbolic meanings inherent in Ikebana, such as the unity of opposites and, ultimately, the harmonious balance between heaven, earth and humanity. Unlike Western-style floral arrangements characterized by volume, color and complexity, Ikebana embraces the spare, poetic beauty of line.
On Wednesday, July 1, Weehawken Creative Arts presents a class in Ikebana by Carol Brecker in Ouray. The class, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include Ikebana instruction and theory, and each participant will bring home a fresh Japanese flower arrangement for their own table.
Brecker holds a teaching diploma from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, which takes modern approach to Ikebana by promoting flower arranging by anyone in any place using any materials. Sensei Carol has studied Ikebana since 2000 and is a regular exhibitor at the Phoenix Art Museum Ikebana Exhibit and Arts and Flowers. Her teaching encourages free expression, joy, discovery, and union with nature.
In Wednesday’s class, Brecker will go over the history and philosophies of Ikebana, conduct a demonstration, and then take students outdoors to find materials and inspiration. With other provided materials, each student will create an Ikebana arrangement of their own to take home.
Tuition is $39 for WCA members or $43 for nonmembers (discounts for registrations prior to June 29). Bring a sack lunch and kitchen or garden shears. Registration and more information is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.weehawkenarts.org/"www.weehawkenarts.org or by calling Ashley King at 970/318-0150.