Beginning students of ikebana are generally first taught certain basic styles. The typical teaching method is to have the student achieve mastery by repeatedly practicing a given style with different floral and plant materials. ikebana teachers believe that this is the best way to grasp both the unique characteristics of those materials and the methods of arranging them most beautifully.
Initially in a lesson, students usually arrange the materials after receiving some explanation. They then rearrange their work, based on the teacher's comments and criticism. This helps to improve the student's technical skill, as does making sketches of their own initial and final arrangements, and studying the works of others in their class and of skilled arrangers at exhibitions.
After mastering the basic styles, students advance according to that particular school's curriculum, acquiring skill in a wide variety oftraditional, modern, and free-style arrangements characteristic of that particular school.
Please note that Ikebana International by itself does NOT provide ikebana lessons. The members who want to learn ikebana should visit one of ikebana schools for that information is available at chapter or the headquarters.