Women’s Christian College
Ikebana Demonstration/ Workshop
February 20, 2017
Women’s Christian College, Chennai organised a demonstration/workshop of Ikebana to introduce students of the Botany department to this beautiful art form. 45 students were present for the session from 8.15 to 11 am. The Department staff and Head of Department too were present throughout the event and were very encouraging.
|Sensei Trishala Vaishnav shares tips on palm weaving|
Senseis Prerana Mehta and Trishala Vaishnav handled the session, and it was a special day for Trishala as she is an alumnus of the College. Prerana began with a 10-minute introduction on Ikebana, followed by a demo of the Basic Upright style by Trishala and Basic Slanting style by Prerana. They also did a freestyle arrangement each, and everything went smoothly as they had meticulously planned and prepared for the day.
Sensei Trishala uses woven palms
to offset the yellow chrysanthemums
|Sensei Trishala's basic slanting style arrangement|
It was then time for the students to put their newly learnt skills into practice. They worked in groups of three and were given complete sets of vases, flowers, greens, cutters and kenzans to work with. Our senseis were very happy about the outcome and how well students had picked up the concept. It is easy to imagine how well Prerana and Trishala conveyed their enthusiasm and joy to the group!
|Students keenly observing the demo...|
and the joy shows too!
|Good use of the angular vase to show expanse of water|
|Pink roses spread across the vase |
make good use of its length
|Pretty in pink, with the flowers and vase going well together|
|Line and space are shown well, along with |
the expanse of water in the suiban
The highlight of the workshop, Prerana said, was not about the technical aspects as much as the enthusiasm and enjoyment of students, which showed in their arrangements. Students made their work easy by assisting in carrying the materials to the venue on the first floor. They evinced keen interest and were extremely well behaved during the session.
The HoD’s remark that they would remember this workshop even 25 years later was the best possible feedback they could get, and this is the kind of encouragement that nurtures the group.