Ikebana Flower Arranging
Janet Solomon, Professor, Ikenobo School
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. Its fundamental inspiration comes from nature. In contrast to the Western approach to flower arranging, which favors a mass of flowers, Ikebana emphasizes simplicity of design and using line, space, and texture to create balanced, harmonious arrangements. It involves discipline and knowledge of rules and forms. Learn the rich symbolism and fundamentals of this graceful traditional Japanese art form and gain a lifetime skill for distinctive floral design as you create a different arrangement each week to take home and enjoy. Bring a box to take home your arrangements.
Two Sundays: March 22, 29; 1—3 p.m.
Members: $65; Non-members: $72
The Magnificent Trees of Spring: Cherries, Magnolias, and Dogwoods
Anthony S. Aiello, Director of Horticulture
April in the Delaware Valley brings an explosion of colorful flowering trees. Discover the diversity of the most ornamental of these – magnolias, cherries, and flowering dogwoods. In this class we will explore the Arboretum’s extensive collections of these trees, looking at the sequence of flowering and learning how to identify and grow them in your home landscape. This class will be held outside so dress for the weather.
Friday, April 17; 10 a.m.—12 noon
Members: $25; Non-members: $30
The Art of Japanese Ink Painting
Allison Zito, Artist and Teacher, Harcum College
Sumi-e is the art of Japanese ink painting, a noble and time honored pursuit of the scholar. This craft teaches much more than the art of ink painting. The techniques we will learn to paint bamboo are the basic strokes used to create all forms of Japanese ink painting. The art is in the touch of the brush stroke, the quality of the line, appreciation of the natural world, and the beauty in asymmetry. All supplies are provided. Come to class dressed to paint.
Saturday, May 30; 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Members: $30; Non-members: $35