These arrangements were designed and made by our students under the directions of our instructor during real lessons in the classroom of California Flower Art Academy
. Since we teach both Japanese Ikebana (Japanese traditional floral art) and European flower arrangement, some people are at a loss about which they should learn. Or some people do not have clear picture about the difference between these two types of arrangements. It is fully up to our students which they should learn. Then what is the guide line when making a decision. Following information will be of some help for you to decide which style you should learn:
A. Japanese Ikebana:
This is a Japanese traditional floral art. The way of arranging flowers is different from European designs. Namely they arrange using different tools, different idea and concept. They often use what is called Kenzan
. These are items specifically designed for doing Ikebana arrangement. Unlike floral foam (used for European arrangement), Kenzan is very heavy and it can be used repeatedly. It is made of metal plate on which uncountable needles are mounted. And flower stems are inserted onto these needles. Suiban is a shallow type container in which Kenzan is placed.
The way Ikebana is arranged cannot be used for doing floral business in USA. FTD and other similar companies who deliver flowers nationwide does not handle Ikebana arrangements. In order to make Ikebana arrangements, detail oriented and delicate manipulation of flowers and stems are required. Therefore the skill of Ikebana arrangement is not suitable for doing business in USA. However it is very good to people who are interested in learning Japanese traditional culture and totally different concept of arrangement. In short Ikebana is useful for enjoying as a hobby.
B. European arrangement:
This is close to American arrangement. However it requires detail oriented and more delicate adjustment is needed than American arrangement. European arrangement is good not only for hobby but also for business. Once you master European arrangement, you have no difficulties of making a variety of designs from simple home decorations to party and event arrangements, wedding to funeral decorations as well as corporate arrangements. You have no difficulties of doing business through FTD etc who delivers flowers on nationwide basis. In short, European arrangement can be used not only for hobby but also for business in USA.
California Flower Art Academy offers a Wide Range of Programs
from Japanese Ikebana to European arrangement. For those who have no previous experience, we recommend following programs:
A. Japanese floral art:
B. European arrangement:
REMARKS: We do not offer Ikebana Arrangement Instructor Course. None of our Ikebana courses is designed for training students to become Ikebana Instructor.
We have been educating local people in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley (San Jose) since 1990 as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association. For those who are too busy to attend weekday lessons or day time classes, we offer Weekend Class
and Evening Lesson
as well. You can take lessons of any kind program at Weekend Class
and Evening Lesson
. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is YouTube video introducing How to Make a European Hand Tied Flower Arrangement. Source of this video is OyMyBloom - Gardening Network
. Demonstrator is Molly, florist. Also visit the website of OhMyBloom
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has been engaged in teaching a wide range of floral designs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley (San Jose) since 1990 as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo Japan). We offer hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions (semi private lessons) which greatly help entry level students easily and quickly earn a decent level of skills. If you are looking for a reliable floral arrangement instructors or floral design school offering quality classes with cheap, inexpensive and affordable tuition in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo County) or Silicon Valley (San Jose, Santa Clara County), why not join California Flower Art Academy
? We help you make a difference in floral art.