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Workshop Etiquette

  • Container(s) appropriate for the workshop
  • Hasami (scissors)
  • Bucket for water to hold your plant material while arranging
  • Wires, wire cutters, tape (as appropriate for the arrangement being taught)
  • Paper or plastic bag for debris
  • Personal Class Attendance sheet

Zoom Workshop Etiquette

  • Be on time and be ready to go.
  • Mute yourself when you are not actually talking to the sensei or the group.
  • During your critique: Listen; don’t make excuses and remember to thank your teacher.
  • You are allowed to ask questions and make positive comments on others’ arrangements.
  • When puzzled by others’ arrangements, feel free to stay quiet.
  • If you need to leave the meeting before your arrangement is to be critiqued, contact the sensei to see if you can be critiqued earlier in the meeting.

Checklist for Classes

Arrive on time and select your table

  • Prepare your work area
  • Fill container and cutting dish with water.  Place kenzan in container
  • Place hasamis (scissors), towel, paper and pencil on table
  • Place branches and flowers in water and put on the floor
  • Visit with the other participants, but be seated and be ready to start on time
  • As a courtesy to the sensei or professor and other students, please DO NOT TALK during the demonstration, arranging time and critiquing sessions
  • DO NOT start working until the demonstration is completed
  • Raise your hand to get help from the sensei or professor
  • Throughout the entire workshop communicate with the materials, NOT your neighbor
  • Remember it is the Japanese custom that no food or drink is brought into the work area
  • When your arrangement is completed and ready for the sensei or professor to critique:
    • Clean your work area
    • Place the hasamis in front of the arrangement
    • Get the next number and place it next to your arrangement.  Then watch while sensei corrects other arrangements
    • Be sure a photo is taken of your corrected arrangement with your name tag next to the arrangement so the arrangement can be identified properly.
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