Topic: Line 2

Ikebana Aesthetics Program - Four Ikebana Elements Level 2

Learn about the four Ikebana elements online from July 2022. Beginners welcome. 日本からのご参加歓迎いたします。

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When(Melbourne, Australia Time) 
2:00 - 2:30 PM, 2 July 2022 Line 2
2:00 - 2:30 PM, 16 July 2022 Form 2
2:00 - 2:30 PM, 13 August 2022 Space 2
2:00 - 2:30 PM, 27 August 2022 Colour 2

Online appointments by Smoothbook

FacilitatorsShoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo 

Who can Join: Anyone, regardless of ikebana school, stage of learning or country of residence. Beginners welcome. You must be familiar with Zoom. Sessions will be conducted in English. 

How Many Participants: Up to 6 for each session 

How Much: AU$60 for 4 sessions (Line, Form, Space & Colour).

 Online appointments by Smoothbook


In Line 1 we mentioned that line is probably the most important element in ikebana. “Line can make your work energetic, strong, sharp or delicate. Controlling the line element will contribute greatly to the effectiveness of your design” 

In Line 1 we encouraged you to find and work with naturally straight lines.  

In Line 2 we would you like to work with branches that are not perfectly straight, ideally slightly S shaped. Please note that our focus is on branches rather than flowers. Learn how to clean branches by removing foliage or unnecessary elements to reveal naturally energetic lines.   

Our goal in this session is to express naturally energetic lines in a basic style using Nageire technique. This is a very important step before we explore more possibilities with line in ikebana designs in Line Level 3. 


1. Find relatively straight branches that can express energetic lines. You may need to manipulate or clean up materials to reveal lines.

2.  Arrange lines from the centre out, suggesting life energy expanding outward. This is one of the most fundamental functions of line in ikebana. Be careful not to use too many lines.

3. Learn Nageire technique. Some new students may find this quite challenging, but you will find this technique very useful. You should practice this technique at least 20 times to become comfortable with it.  

4. Notice the effect of lines. What do lines do to your design? Advanced students may consider the relationship between line and other elements (mass, space, texture).

5. If you are an advanced student, please make a freestyle using Nageire technique. 

What You Need
1. Secateurs (scissors may be handy too)
2. A down-stick / branch 
3. Container - any low container may be used including a bowl or cup.
4. Flower/plant materials: (Flower materials are a guide only. You can choose any similar materials as long as you focus on the topic.)
a. three or four branches 
b. four or five flowers such as roses, christhanthremum, etc.   
c. a few additional flowers (optional)

How to Make It / Your Task
You will receive Line 2 Session Notes with step-by-step instructions for making your arrangement after your payment. Our free video and the Session Notes will help you make your ikebana work.  

How to Book & Participate

1. Please visit our Booking Calendar to book. Please check our cancellation policy.  Also please visit our orientation page to find how to use Zoom Ikebana Dojo effectively. 

2. Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive booking confirmation with an invitation link to the Zoom session. 

3. You will receive Session Notes about 5 days before the session. Please contact us if don’t hear from us. 

4. Make your ikebana work before the session. Take a photo of your work (less than 0.5 Meg.) and send to at least 24 hours before the session starts if you want detailed feedback.

5. Alternatively, you can share the photo of your work during the session. Find a way to share your file using Zoom.

6. Join the session. Prepare your work and its photo. 

Each person has about four minutes for show and tell, and to receive feedback from our facilitator and other students. Our facilitator will make comments on your photo. Please adjust your work after the session. 

7. Enjoy show and tell by other students before and after your own presentation. Group interaction is helpful for your learning. Works by others can inspire you. 

8. Rework your arrangement soon after the session. Share a photo of your revised work to Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page. See how to apply for the 2022 Ikebana Gallery Award if you are a student. 

9. If you would like to join Zoom Ikebana Dojo again, please visit our pages on Ikebana Aesthetics Program or Special Program

Samples for Advanced Students