Free Style Arrangements


Futakabuike Shoka Workshop

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • Click on the link to RSVP if you are not a member. (Link available soon.) Members will be sent a link via email.
  • Time: 9am - 12 noon
  • Location: Scottsdale Senior Center (see map below)
  • Sensei: Bev Tall
  • Lesson: Futakabuike Shoka (Please bring TWO kenzans and a low wide container, suidan style.)
  • Cost: Member: $25.00, Non-member: $30.00

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Remember to bring a container suitable for a the arrangement,  hasami (scissors), kenzan, bucket and trash bag.

Class Reservations can be made via the link above, or by RSVP to the evite.

Please respond to all RSVPs before the registration deadline, to ensure the appropriate number of materials are purchased.

Make checks out to Ikenobo of Arizona. Checks should be sent to David Payne, 349 West Dobbins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041. This will hold your place in class. Your canceled check will be your receipt. There will be no cancellations or refunds. If you have questions, please contact David Payne at or (602) 276-5948.

General Information
WORKSHOP REMINDERS: Will be sent via email in advance of each workshop.
LOCATIONS: The Scottsdale Senior Center is at 10440 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale.
The El dorado Park and Community Center is at 2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale (corner of Miller and Oak)
The Horizon Community Center is at 15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale

Students should bring the following items to classes:
Container(s) appropriate for the workshop being taught
Hasami (scissors)
Bucket for water to hold your plant material while doing arrangement
Wires, wire cutters, tape
Vase (appropriate for arrangement)
Paper or plastic bag for debris
Personal Class Attendance sheet


The Ikenobo Yearbook is available to members. If you have not received your copy, contact Connie School, Scholl at (480) 991-0133 or email: . An electronic copy (without the members list) is included here or via the Newsletter archive.


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Workshop Schedule
The workshop schedule is available in the yearbook. Note that any changes to the schedule will be posted on the website on the main page under upcoming workshops or Events/Classes, but the Newsletter is NOT updated. Be sure to refer to the website, facebook or your email (members) for changes to the schedule.



The Ikenobo School is the oldest school of Ikebana or Japanese flower arranging dating from the 15th century.  Based in Kyoto, the traditional cultural capital of Japan, Ikenobo stresses the inherent nature of  flowers and plants, and it allows one to express personal feelings through this art form. 

The Arizona Chapter of Ikenobo Ikebana was founded in 1964 and chartered in 1974.   We hold workshops  throughout the year led by certified teachers.  New members are always welcome.

Visiting Professor from Japan: Michisuke Horie

Professor FujiiIn March our Arizona Chapter was honored by the visit of Professor Michisuke Horie from Ikenobo Ikebana Floral Headquarters in Kyoto. Professor Horie taught three workshops beginning with a shoka nishuike with peach and forsythia branches paired with small white poms. By way of contrast, the following workshop’s focus was on shoka shimputai, the more modern version of the shoka style. Professor Horie chose the unusual and dramatic green hanging amaranthus, limonium, and bright ranunculus. Finally, a free style, or jiyuka, workshop afforded participants the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of materials—palms and eucalyptus, gypsophila, tulips, and dianthus, and the results were striking. Professor Horie’s lectures, demonstrations, and especially his critiques made for an exceptional learning experience.

To conclude, Professor Horie presented a demonstration sponsored by Ikebana of Arizona at Phoenix Art Museum as part of the continuing education lecture series for museum docents. He was introduced by Linnéa Storm’s brief overview of ikebana and its historical connection to the samurai tradition. Momoko Welch translated as Professor Horie arranged four styles which illustrated the history and development of Ikenobo through the centuries, first, tatehana or standing flowers, followed by rikka shofutai, shoka isshuike, and jiyuka. In a reference to the museum’s current exhibit on samurai armor, Professor Horie incorporated “sword-like” leaves in his work. Attendance for the event set a record at the museum! Thank you, Professor Horie!

A special thanks as well to Margaret Michel, Connie Scholl, May Uttal, Yuki Kataoka, Wanda LaLoggia, and David Payne for all their hard work and contributions.

You may select the Workshop Photos link to see all the arrangements from this and previous workshops.