Workshop Announcement 11-18-17




WHEN:                Saturday, November 18, 2017     10 a.m. to 12 noon.

WHERE:              Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center

6363 West 35th Avenue,  Wheat Ridge, Colorado

LESSON:             Textbook 5, Lesson10:  “Tsubo” Vases.

“Tsubo” is generally known as a vase which has a narrow opening and wider, round body.  In this lesson, however, it is more specifically defined as a vase whose “rim diameter is wider than the size of one’s fist and the body diameter is 1.5 times or more wither than its rim.”   Mrs. Seiko Yoshikawa will demonstrate how to make a free-style arrangement in a Tsubo vase.


Please bring a “Tsubo” vase and your own line and flower materials.

If you need line materials, we will provide ‘Curly Willow’ so please order by November 10th.


FEE:                     Workshop: $10.00


RSVP:                  Please RSVP to Kimiko Kuno at by November 16th


Notes:         People whose last names start with M through R,

please bring light food for the workshop, thank you.

*A Board meeting will be held immediately following the workshop.




*  Annual Meeting and Luncheon: Saturday, January 13, 2018


Workshop Announcement 9-23-17

Sogetsu Colorado Branch Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Guest Sensei: Diane Elliott, Riji


Sogetsu Colorado Branch invites you to join us for a special daylong workshop led by guest sensei, Diane Elliott, of the Sogetsu Seattle Branch.  The theme will be “Composing with Branches-A two-step Approach.”








Diane Elliot loves studying and teaching ikebana because it allows her to combine two passions, art and gardening


Diane Elliott began studying ikebana in 1991, and has attained the Riji degree, the highest degree awarded by the Sogetsu School. She has taught ikebana classes and workshops at various venues but primarily in her home studio and at a local community center. She has created ikebana arrangements for display at events and venues such as exhibitions (Sogetsu and Ikebana International), art galleries and museums (including the “Gardens of Art” outdoor sculpture display for the Seattle Asian Art Museum), for the Consul General of Japan’s residence (Seattle), and for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. She has presented demonstrations for Sogetsu and I.I. groups, garden clubs, pottery shows, cherry blossom festivals, and the NW Flower and Garden Show (the 2nd largest such show in North America). Diane was presented with a Sogetsu 90th Anniversary Commemorative Overseas Akane Teshigahara Award in April 2017. She loves studying and teaching ikebana because it allows her to combine two passions, art and gardening. She is the current director of the Seattle Branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.


Curly willow, painted wisteria vine, and dahlias



Workshop Location

Community Room

Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center

6363 W. 35th Ave.

Wheat Ridge, Colorado



Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:00-9:15 Check In, Set up
9:15-9:45 Demonstration
9:45-12:00 Construction of Wood Arrangement
12:15-1:15 Box Lunch (must preorder)
1:30-2:30 Critique of wood arrangement
2:30-3:15 Decoration with fresh materials
3:15-4:00 Critique of Decoration
4:00-5:00 Workshop closing, clean up
5:30 Farewell Dinner (must preorder)



Theme: Composing with Branches—a two-step approach


Theme description from Book 5-Lesson 14

“First, create a free-standing composition using cut branches. To make them stand on their own, intersect at least three pieces at one point. As this is the simplest way, try to create a more original composition. Fixing skills are indispensable here. Wires, nails, and screws can help with this.

The branches can be of any thickness for this composition. It is important not to turn out dull, but to create dynamic of rhythm, density and intensity in it. Shaving or carving them would be ways of creating a new look.

Variety of form can be created such as spreading out on the floor, strong upward movements, gentle curves, or humorous shapes. Your idea can relate to a specific placement. In this way, create a composition of braches. The teacher comments on it.
Next, choose plant materials and a container by thinking how to make the tie in with the finished composition, then make an arrangement combined with it. As long as the composition keeps its original shape, it can be turned to any different angle at this stage. Try to find its best-matching position with the style of the arrangement.

Find new discoveries and effects by trying out how to make use of the once completed composition.”


Farewell buffet dinner

Namiko’s Japanese Restaurant

7310 W 52nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80002


Additional Information

For additional information contact: Martha Polson