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Workshop: Ikebana

With Paula Tam

Close-up of dried fruits and florals lying in a wooden table with a half-full clear, glass mug


Join us for a workshop in ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design. Our instructor is Ikenobo ikebana teacher Paula Tam of the Ikenobo school, the oldest and largest school of ikebana, with 560 years of history.

The first part of the workshop begins with an overview and introduction to Ikebana, the centuries-old Japanese art of flower arrangement.

In the second part of the workshop, you will carefully select from blossoms, greenery and flowers to create your own arrangement.

The class will conclude with Paula Tam working with each participant to ensure connection with the art of Ikebana to embody harmony, peace and beauty.

All materials are included, such as flowers, containers and kenzan (flower frog).


Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana

Ikebana Coordinator of the Japanese Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

President of Ikenobo California Pacific Chapter

Board Member of Ikebana International NY Chapter

Former President of Ikebana International New York Chapter (2013-2015)

Former Board Member of Ikenobo Ikebana Society NYC Chapter (2006-2013)

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 in 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 Ikebana International New York Chapter. Her passion in ikebana propels her to pursue higher levels of studies continuously. She has graduated from the Ikenobo Central Training Institute. She is specializing in Koten-Rikka (classical Meiji Rikka). In her ikebana she likes to explore how life, nature, and ikebana interact.


photo credit: Paula Tam