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Cultural Workshop Series: Ikebana with Carolyn Alter (Postponed)

Photo by Jonathan Ley

This Cultural Workshop has been postponed, please find new workshop dates below. 

Offered for the first time at the Garden, a four-session ikebana study course designed to teach participants beginner Hana Isho (flower design) ikebana classes in the Ohara School method and based on the curriculum set forth by the Ohara School of Ikebana.

The first session will focus on the basic principles of ikebana; its history, reason’s for studying ikebana, the aesthetics of ikebana design and the mechanics of arrangement. Workshop instructor Carolyn Alter will guide students through each phase with a demonstration and then hands-on time to create. The subsequent three sessions will build on the basic principles, where students will review Form and Ohyo variations; such as hongatte, gyakugatte, and rising form. Each session will include both demonstrations by Carolyn and hands-on time for the students to create.
Carolyn’s goal is to offer a creative outlet and respite from the fast speed of life and to nurture the spirit. To bring the beauty of Kado (the way of flowers) to a wider audience and educate them in Japanese culture.

Ikebana Study Course Schedule (4 sessions total): Each session is available for morning or afternoon.

  • Session 1: Complete
  • Session 2: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • 10am – noon
    • 1pm – 3pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    • 10am – noon
    • 1pm – 3pm
  • Session 4: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    • 10am – noon
    • 1pm – 3pm

Students will receive 9 hours of instruction per series.

Carolyn Alter performing ikebana demo in the Cultural Corner
Photo by Peter Friedman

About Carolyn Alter

Carolyn Alter began studying in the Ohara School of Ikebana under Sensei Kitty (Natsue) Akre in 1993. She began teaching weekly classes and founded Wednesday’s Flowers in 2012. She is a long-time member of the Portland Japanese Garden, Ikebana International and the North American Ohara Teachers Association. She has attended numerous ikebana conferences in the US and taken classes in Japan, chaired many exhibitions, given numerous demonstrations, and is certified as a Second Term Master of the Ohara School of Ikebana. As a physical therapist for more than thirty years, she appreciates the healing aspects of nature through practicing ikebana. She loves being outdoors, gardening, and the beauty of Japanese culture.

About The Ohara School of Ikebana

The Ohara School of Ikebana emphasizes connecting with nature season by season, utilizing the materials individual character and arranging it in a naturalistic way. The Ohara School became famous with its introduction of landscape arrangements and in its use of the colorful western flowers arriving in Japan at the turn of the 20th century. Thus, a new form of ikebana was born called moribana. It is now known as the beginning of modern ikebana.