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Pine and Ikebana

This unique course was filmed live at the London Flower School combining the two artistic forms of ink painting and Ikebana

Course Description

About this lesson

Because of its unique qualities, pine has come to represent strength, renewal and immortality. In this short course you will learn to paint pine and red tulips from your very own flower arrangement, known in Japanese as ikebana.

The course was filmed live at the London Flower school and so you will have the opportunity to watch master flower arranger and head of the London Flower School, Wagner Kreusch, demonstrating how to make a traditional pine ikebana, with a selection of pines and red tulips. 

In the second part of this online course, you will learn a variety of brush strokes to paint pine needles, cones and barks. You will be invited to practice your brush and make your very own ink painting of a pinebranch. 

In the last part of this course you will learn how to paint tulips and include them in your final pine ikebana ink painting composition. 

In the bonus material section you will find  additional three pine ikebana compositions as well as a pine trees tratidional composition for you to practice and enjoy exploring.

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn about the tradition of Japanese ink painting and ikebana

  • Understand core principles of ikebana and make your own arrangement

  • Learn about tools and materials and make your own ink 

  • Exercise your brush to make fluent lines 

  • Learn step-by-step how to paint pine needles, cones and bark

  • Use Japanese watercolours and learn to paint tulips

  • Create your very own beautiful ink paintings

  • Deepen your experience of the meditative nature of ink painting

The lesson also includes:

  • Tools and materials check-list

  • Downloadable PDF worksheet to accompany each lesson

  • 3 additional compositions for you to enjoy practice in your own time

  • Pine trees - traditional composition practice

Upon completion of your lesson you will achieve at least two new composition of Pine branch and ikebana. You will will learn to paint tulips and include them in your pine paintings, and become confident using the Japanese brush, ink and paper. You will further your understanding of this practice, and discover an open gate to further your own creative journey.

This lesson is for you if:

  • You want to learn the foundation of ikebana and how to paint pine and tulips using traditional Japanese brushes, ink and paper.

  • You may not have previous experience, but are excited to explore and learn a new way of painting.

  • You love the way of Japanese ink painting and wish to practice further, explore and develop your skills and abilities.


Highlights of what you will paint

Learn how to paint Pine and Ikebana

This unique course was filmed live at the London Flower School combining the two artistic forms of ink painting and Ikebana


Meet your teacher

Talia Lehavi is an artist, a practitioner and a teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. Following years of teaching, her love and passion for this artistic medium has now prompted her to create ArtBrush - online school for the studies of Japanese ink painting. The school is designed for students of all levels, from around the world, who are excited to learn, explore and discover the joy of ink painting and its many facets.

Talia Lehavi Headshot - ArtBrush Japanese Ink Brush Painting Instructor - Artist - London Mallorca Zichron


What our students say about their experience

Holly - ArtBrush Student

As a beginner in Japanese Ink Painting, Talia's approach to teaching made me feel completely comfortable. I have learnt so much about the history, processes and application of Ink Painting and cannot wait to continue pursuing my newfound skill set even further. I would recommend ArtBrush to everyone, no matter of capability, it's a truly unique school which allows for dedicated and encouraging learning.

—  Holly G. Artist

Olympia - ArtBrush Student

Very detailed and informative course ! I have always been an admirer of Asian traditional painting and this course provided me of an insider's look of this magic world. With the help of Talia and the ARTBRUSH online courses, I have managed to learn, exercise and master special brushwork techniques otherwise unaccesible to me. I also got an overall understanding of the aesthetics around this beautiful world of ink painting.

I totally recommend this!

—  Olympia T. Artist & Writer


Included in this lesson

Pine and Ikebana Live Workshop

Promo (0:24)

Welcome to the workshop (1:45)

  1. Introduction to Japanese ink painting (2:05)

  2. Introduction to Ikebana (3:56)

  3. Ikebana demonstration - Make your own arrangement (3:56)

  4. Basic rules for your arrangement - worksheet

  5. Promo - Pine 松 'matsu' (0:26)

  6. Tool and materials for painting (4:32)

  7. Make your own ink and check list (2:13)

  8. Brush practice (2:39)

  9. Pine needles and pine cones - How to paint (9:01)

  10. Bark of the tree - How to paint (3:12)

  11. Pine branch - Make your own painting (3:08)

  12. Promo - Pine and tulip (0:25)

  13. Tulips - How to paint (2:41)

  14. Tulips composition - worksheet

  15. Soul meditation - 'Learn from the pine' (1:59)

  16. Make your own ikebana painting (6:07)

  17. Pine - Outro (1:11)

Bonus Material

  1. Three additional ikebana compositions for you to practice in your own time

  2. Three pine trees - traditional composition for you to practice in your own time

  3. Pine Haiku - Poetry

  4. Sources for your tools and materials

  5. Review and ArtBrush students gallery

Music by Matthew Halsall

Learn how to paint Pine and Ikebana

This unique course was filmed live at the London Flower School combining the two artistic forms of ink painting and Ikebana


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling and as long as ArtBrush is live online, you have unlimited access to the course across any devices you own for as long as you like.

I am a complete beginner. Is this for me?

Yes! The course is designed with beginners and intermediate students in mind, as well as, those who are keen to deepen their knowledge of the field. There are many step-by-step videos that are perfect for anyone just getting started. No previous experience in art or ink painting is required. The course is for mixed-level abilities.

I am a professional artist. Is this for me?

Absolutely! Many professional artists and designers have been studying with Talia and have benefited from the Japanese art and practice aesthetics. The courses offer new ways of observing nature and understanding painting composition and space in a way unique to Japanese ink painting.

How do I enrol on a course?

To enrol on one of the ArtBrush courses, click on any "Enrol" button on this page and complete your purchase. You will need to create an account with us to purchase and access the course. If you already have an account, log in to complete your purchase. Then, you'll have access to the course, and your purchase details will be emailed to you.

Would I need any special tools and materials?

Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF inside the course for help in setting up your workspace and for preparing your tool-set for the courses. You can choose from a selection of three comprehensive sets of tools and materials available via ArtBrush.

You can do this via the school on:

These sets were all made in Japan and curated by Talia for the school. Each set is of high quality and designed to last a lifetime. Expect up to 2 weeks for delivery, local taxes are not included. Alternatively, depending upon where you are based around the globe, you may get individual tools and materials at your local Japanese/Chinese art supply shop or at some general art supply shops. You can also find online a variety of budget sets. Once you learn and understand about your toolkit, you will be able to easily sort out what you need.

What software do I need to access the course?

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What if I wish to cancel?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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