Ikebana Workshop for Arts of Japan Course
Director: Assistant Professor Sheri Lullo, Art History
A presentation and classroom discussion with printmaker Mike Lyon took place. An Ikebana Workshop was conducted for the students of Prof. Lullo’s course, Arts of Japan (AAH 105, win ’18). Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. Ikuko Yoshida, a certified Ikebana instructor who also teaches Japanese language and culture at Bennington College, led the workshop. In classes before the workshop, the aesthetic philosophy of Zen Buddhism through ink and brush painting, tea ceremony and garden design were discussed. By applying such concepts to flower arranging, which is guided by the same principles, students practiced what they learned through tangible making.