Although there are some differences between Japanese Ikebana arrangement and European floral designs, people who already earned skills of Ikebana arrangements will have much less difficulties for earning skills of European flower arrangements. In Japan, there have been historically uncountable number of Ikebana instructors and even now we find lots of instructors specializing in this traditional floral art.
After European floral arrangements landed in Japan in 1980s, many Japanese women fell in love with this new trend of floral art and they preferred European designs to Japanese traditional arrangements. Especially among young ladies, most of them did not pay any special attention to Japanese Ikebana any more and they started learning European floral art .
While majority of Ikebana instructors were sticking to the Japanese traditional arrangements, some of them started learning European designs. There were clear reasons behind this movement as follows:
When they gather students for their floral design class, they found it difficult for new students to accept lessons of Japanese Ikebana only. Instead most of them wanted to earn skills of European arrangements. Therefore as far as these instructors stick to Ikebana arrangement, they had difficulties to continue the class. Especially instructors who are very aggressive in having decent number of students on a stable basis, they had no choice but to include European designs in the curriculum of their lessons. For this reason some of them started learning European floral art while they keep making Ikebana arrangements.
The main difference between Ikebana and European designs is found in the type of devices (tools) used for arrangements. While Ikebana arrangement uses Kenzan (frog: needle-point holder to hold flowers) and Suiban (flat and shallow type container) in many cases, European arrangement uses floral foam (“Oasis”) and regular vase. Another difference is found in the shape of arrangements. While Ikebana arrangements often feature the grace of linear curve using thin and long branches etc., European designs seldom do this way. One more point I almost forgot to mention is the difference in terminologies. While Ikebana uses traditional Japanese term to name the type of designs, European arrangements mainly use English.
Due to the difference in devices and the shape/type of arrangements, different way of arranging skills are naturally required. However the most important factor for arrangement is artistic sense and detail oriented technique of manipulating and handling flowers. We can find common points in these factors which greatly help quickly learn and earn another type of designing skills. Due to this reason, some of Japanese Ikebana instructors easily and quickly mastered new trend of floral art that was European flower arrangements. Judging from my experiences in teaching flower designs, students who already mastered or earned a decent level of Ikebana arrangements could easily and quickly master European arrangements.
What is going to happen in the case of the other way around ? I can say that the similar situation will take place. Namely people who already mastered or have decent skills of European floral arrangements can easily learn and earn Ikebana arrangement skills.
California Flower Art Academy teaches both European floral arranging and Japanese Ikebana arts.
Each student can make a choice of his/her most favorite course among a WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS we offer. You can start learning European designs and Japanese Ikebana which costs less than $100 respectively. Both introductory programs consist of 2 designs which students learn during 2.5 hour lesson. California Flower Art Academy has a variety of students. Some of them learn for hobby and some for doing floral business. Some attend only a short seminar and some belong to an official course. You can enjoy friendly hands-on training of ONE ON ONE instruction for earning practical skills of floral decorations. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org