This is a hands-on experience to help you create simple flower arrangements using garden flowers to enhance your environment. Using the basic principles of 'chabana' or flowers for tea ceremony, you can create designs without artifice- or long years of training- from simple available materials and any vases you have on hand. We'll discuss the concept of 'wabi sabi' in relation to this naturalistic practice of flower arranging. About the Instructor: Barbara Stevens Strauss first received formal studio training as an undergraduate with Abstract Expressionist Vera Klement at the University of Chicago. While living in Florida, creating ceramic sculpture using the raku method of firing became a consuming interest. After relocating to Oakland in 2003, she continued her ikebana studies with the Bay Area master Soho Sakai.. Searching for a place to practice Zen which she had begun in to study in Florida, she found a small authentic Japanese temple in the Rockridge area called Kojin-an, of which she is now a long-time member. She also became a tea ceremony student in the Omotesenke school. These associations, recently including the study of calligraphy, have profoundly influenced her work. Strauss has given workshops introducing ikebana and chabana (tea ceremony flowers). In 2013, she created a large-scale outdoor ikebana installation at the Oakland Museum. In February of 2016, she was selected as the Featured Artist of the month by the Berkeley Art Center.