Experience Ikebana! The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hops House


Price: $25 for members, $35 for non-members Register: (210) 978-8121

Learn about the art of Japanese flower arranging.  Flower arranging in the West consists of symmetrical arrangements of numerous cut flowers in solid shapes.  In contrast, ikebana is an arrangement of linear materials and spaces with a few flowers. Don Olsen, who has been teaching ikebana for over forty years, is offering two classes designed to introduce beginners to a variety of ikebana styles and techniques.  Each class will provide a new opportunity to experience creating an ikebana arrangement, so it is not necessary to attend all the classes.  If you have pruning shears or flower scissors please bring them.  Flowers, containers and all other materials will be provided.  After the class you will be able to take your flowers and branches home.


Don Olsen, a native of San Antonio, became interested in ikebana while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during the Korean War.  A charter member of the San Antonio Chapter of Ikebana International, he began studying Japanese flower arranging through books and workshops.  In 1962 he returned to Japan to work and study ikebana and the Japanese language.  He took lessons from the Headmaster of the Ichiyo School and special teachers of the Ikenobo School.  Now a Master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, he teaches classes in San Antonio, Austin and Houston and frequently travels to Japan to participate in international ikebana conferences.  His other interests include ceramics (he makes his own containers), writing haiku poetry and photography.

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