What is Ikebana? We welcome all experience levels to this class. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also Known KADO (the way of flowers) “Ikebana” is from the Japanese IKERU (“keep alive, arrange flowers, living”) and HANA (“flower”). Possible translations include “giving life to flowers” and “arranging flowers”. The Ryusei-ha School has maintained a continuous tradition of teaching ikebana for over a century. You begin studying with the Ryusei-ha School of Ikebana. We will start with arrangements in the free style. The textbook, contains introductory (Nyumon) and Elementary (Shoden) courses. The Free Style of Ikebana: Giving Free Rein to Individuality Free style ikebana is ikebana which gives rein to the free sensibility of our modern daily lives. The ikebana you create will be a style of your own, the light, relaxed style of contemporary living, free from the constraints of convention but true to your own personal lifestyle. The Unique Curriculum of the Ryusei-ha School: The Basic Styles The techniques you will learn for stabilizing materials on the Kenzan, deciding the direction of branches and flowers, capturing their expressions, and creating spaces with them will lay the foundation for the many years of ikebana that lie ahead of you. The Ryusei-ha School, with well over a hundred years of teaching experience to draw on, has designed its own unique curriculum from the viewpoint of the beginner, who wants to know how he or she can learn both accurately and quickly. Time: Every Saturday from 10am to 11:30am Price: $20 per class (material fee not included) About the Instructor MASAKO GIBEAULT was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and started to study Ryusei-ha School of Ikebana when she was 18 years old. She received the Master Degree of Free Style when she was 24 years old. Currently she lives in NYC and a member of Ikebana International New York Chapter. She serves as one of the board members. Her arrangements have been seen at The Metropolitan Museum, Tenri Gallery, Ikebana International Flower Shows and other venues. She had Demonstration at The Metropolitan Museum March 25th 2015.