Study Sogetsu

Sogetsu Ikebana classes are offered at Boca Raton Museum of Art on Tuesdays (Beginning level) and Fridays (Advanced level). Visit the Boca Raton Museum of Art website for class schedule and registration.

Sogetsu Ikebana teaches three dimensional sculptural asymmetric designs based on three main lines: Shin, Soe and Hikae.  The posture of the longest line determines the name of the style as Upright, Slanting, Horizontal or Cascade.  These same guidelines apply to designs in shallow or tall containers.  The introductory lesson teaches the basic Upright posture, and the eight-lesson method is premised on interchanging the positions of the three main lines.  Each of the eight lessons is practiced in Upright, Slanting and Horizontal versions. Emphasis is placed on communication.

The first phase of study is naturalistic using fresh material in growing attitudes while trimming and bedding to adjust to the demands of composition.

As the student advances, the knowledge acquired in the first lessons is applied to varied materials, combining dry plant material with fresh and introducing wood, wire, plastic, paper and metals into the designs.  Incorporating different materials emphasis on natural growing attitude to a more creative and dramatic composition which stressed form, color and essence.

Class Materials (*These materials are available for purchase on the first day of class.)
Introductory Class

  • Ikebana Flower scissors
  • Shallow flat bottom container (Suiban), a minimum 10″ diameter and 2″ deep
  • Flower pin holder (Kenzan), sun/moon shape 3″ diameter
  • Sogetsu textbooks 1 & 2

Advanced Class

  • Ikebana flower scissors and pin holders (Kenzan)
  • Free form Moribana or Nageire containers
  • Sogetsu textbooks 3 & 4*

Etiquette for Ikebana Lessons

  • Arrive early so that class can begin on time.
  • Bring container, clippers, Kenzans, cutting bowl, textbook, notebook and table cover.
  • Put all personal belongings (except Ikebana equipment) away under the table.
  • When you finish your arrangement, your table should be cleared, your chair pushed in, and the arrangement placed facing the teacher (Sensei).
  • You should stand next to Sensei while she is critiquing your arrangement.
  • There is to be NO TALKING by the group during the critique, as this is the most important part of the lesson.
  • Do no dismantle your arrangement until all of the arrangement have been critiqued.
  • Each person is responsible for cleaning his/her own space (table and floor).