Ikebana courses

 About me

My name is Akiko Smith and after twenty years practicing Ikebana, I qualified as an instructor in Nagasaki, Japan. Thereafter, I have been living and working in Sydney Australia, before moving to Winchester in 2012.

What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is a typically Japanese form of flower arranging, that aims to harness the emotions and character of the arranger, whilst fitting the environment in which it will be displayed. To some it is a form of human communication.

What will you learn?

This course aims to explore the foundations of Ikebana and to provide an introduction to the techniques used. Each class will learn two styles of Ikebana:                                          “Jiyuka” a Free floral style                                         and “Syoka”  a Classical floral style                    using seasonal flowers, leaves and branches.                    In addition you will learn how to manipulate various materials around you.  You will appreciate alternative forms of floral design and develop your own creations using the key tenets of perspective, precision and an economy of materials. You will go home with your Japanese arrangement at the end of the session.

How long is this course?

You will have 2 hours to enjoy your time with flowers and unusual materials.

How much the session will cost?

£60 per adult included all materials, refreshment and biscuits.

Is the atelier safe and secure?

Yes. We work in accordance with Health and Safety regulations to make sure our clientele is in a secure environment. As a Member of British Floristry Association BFA my atelier abides by the industry approved BFA Code of Practice.

Where is the course?

I look forward to welcoming you at the Atelier:              26 Hyde Close SO23 7DT Winchester  

How to book your course?

I am teaching once a month offering you a morning or an evening session. During each class I wil use various materials giving to your Ikebana design a seasonality in accordance with the Nature.

Click on   “Ikebana session” you have chosen:

Wednesday 28th January 2015                                                                                                                                          Morning session 10am – 12am                                      Jiyuka- New year Ikebana, “Syoka-Willow movement”      Evening session 7pm – 9pm                                        Jiyuka- New year Ikebana, “Syoka-Willow movement”

Wednesday 25th February 2015                                                                                                                                       Morning session 10am – 12am                                    Jiyuka- Early Spring, Syoka-Aspidistra elatior”                Evening session 7pm – 9pm                                        Jiyuka- Early Spring, Syoka-Aspidistra elatior                                                                                                                     Wednesday 25th March 2015                                                                                                                                             Morning session 10am – 12am                               Jiyuka-Spring sinsging, softstem bulrush, Syoka-Momo no sekku                                                                            Evening session 7pm – 9pm                                          Jiyuka-Spring sinsging, softstem bulrush, Syoka-Momo no sekku

Tuesday 28th April 2015                                                                                                                                                        Morning session 10am – 12am                              Jiyuka-Flying bird, Syoka-Ilis and Willow                      Evening session 7pm – 9pm                                      Jiyuka-Flying bird, Syoka-Ilis and Willow

Tuesday 19th May 2015                                                                                                                                                     Morning session 10am – 12am                                Jiyuka- Green Sun shade, Syoka-Tango no sekku  Evening session 7pm – 9pm                                       Jiyuka- Green Sun shade, Syoka-Tango no sekku

Tuesday 23th June 2015                                                                                                                                                        Morning session 10am – 12am                                      Jiyuk-Wedding Styly, Syoka-Flowing shapes of summer flowers                                                                        Evening session 7pm – 9pm                                               Jiyuk-Wedding Styly, Syoka-Flowing shapes of summer flowers