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Ikebana Workshop with Paula Tam

May 19, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Ikebana Workshop with Paula Tam
May 19, 12 – 2:30pm
$125 per person, includes flowers, containers, kenzans (frog pins), tea, and all tool and materials necessary for the workshop.
Limited space – this workshop maxes out at 30 participants

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Ikebana is a centuries old Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana roughly translates to “making flowers come alive,” and the practice uses carefully selected blossoms, greenery and other flora to convey a specific feeling or emotion to an observer – just as a painting or sculpture might!

In this hands-on workshop, Paula Tam, Ikebana expert, will teach you the fundamental theories of Ikebana and how to use kenzan (frog pin). She will guide you on the practices of Ikebana core principals, creating harmony of rhythm and color. Tea will be served which has traditionally been linked to Ikebana and together they express purity and simplicity.


About the Instructor
Paula Tam has been studying Ikenobo ikebana for over 20 years, starting with her Introductory Ikenobo diploma in 1991 and was awarded the rank of “Sokatoku”, the highest Ikenobo Diploma, in Ikenobo Floral Art. Her arrangements have been exhibited in New York, Shanghai, and Malaysia, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Museum, Tenri Gallery, Japanese Stroll Garden, Japanese Ambassadors’ residences, among others. She has given ikebana demonstrations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and for the Ikebana International New York Chapter. Her passion in ikebana propels her to continuously pursue higher levels of studies. She graduated from the Ikenobo Central Training Institute, is a Professor of Ikebana, the Vice President of Ikenobo California Pacific Coast Chapter, was the former President of Ikebana International New York Chapter (2013-2015), Former Treasurer of Ikebana International New York Chapter (2009-2013), and a former Board Member of Ikenobo Ikebana Society New York City Chapter (2006-2013).
She specializes in Koten-Rikka (classical Meiji Rikka). In her ikebana she likes to explore how life, nature, and ikebana interact.


All tickets final sale. Fee includes flowers, containers, kenzans (frog pins) and tea. All necessary tools are provided in this workshop and upon completion, registrants will be able to take their creations home!

For any questions, please contact Lilly McGurk at lmcgurk@plantingfields.org or 516.922.8676