California Flower Art Academy California Flower Art Academy
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Floral Design Class in San Jose
Why California Academy
Managing Director
Program & Course
Class Schedule
Establish your own lesson schedule convenient to you
How to sign up/enroll
Certificate Program
Gift Certificate
How to become a florist
  What we offer
  European design-I
  European design-II
  Japanese Ikebana-I
  Japanese Ikebana-II
  Wedding Arrangement
  Wedding Corsage
  Wedding Pomander
  Bridal Bouquets-I
  Bridal Bouquets-II
  Table Arrangement
  Table Arrangement-II
  Table arrangement-III
  Basket Arrangement
  Vertical Arrangement
  Horizontal Design
  Pomander design
  All round arrangement
  Funeral Arrangement
  Easel mounted wreath
  Christmas wreaths
  Garland type wreath
  Parallel Arrangement
  Heart Shape Design
  Green Leaf Design
  Tea cup arrangement
  Candle arrangement
  Gift box arrangement
  Corner Arrangement
  Crescent Arrangement
  Pumpkin Arrangement
  Hall Arrangement
  Curve Arrangement
  Chair Arrangement
  Fall leaf arrangement
  Garden arrangement
  Long cube vase design
  L shaped arrangement
  S shape arrangement
  Fall arrangement
  X'mas arrangement
  Vertical glass container arrangement
  Cubic glass vase arrangement
  Tropical flower arrangement
  Curved line arrangement
  Underwater arrangement
  Geometric arrangement
  Unique & Creative Floral Arrangement
Affordable Floral Design Class in San Jose
Convenient Floral Design Studio in Bay Area
Small Group Class System for Semi Private Lessons
Majority of students have no previous experience
You can be a floral artist
How To Become a Florist
DIY wedding floral decoration project
Seminar of Corsage & Wrist Band for Prom & Wedding
From European designs to Japanese Ikebana
Flower Arrangements for Church Decoration
Are you on a tight budget ? No problem.
Hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions
Basket Floral Arrangement
Wedding Head Table Floral Arrangement
Cascade Type Wedding Bouquet
Wedding Cake Flower Decoration
Vertical Glass Container Flower Arrangement
Creative centerpiece with no container
Graceful linear curve in Ikebana arrangement
Easel Mounted Flower Wreaths
Gellery of Bridal Bouquets
Welcome guests with floral decorations
Variety of programs for busy people
European design or Ikebana arrangement ?
Weekend Floral Design Class
Weekend Ikebana Class
Evening class and weekend lessons are available
Evening Ikebana Class
Learn floral designs from wedding to funeral
You can start from Introductory Program for $98.
Affordable Weekend Ikebana Class
Flower design skill as a lifetime property
We help you help others with floral arrangements
Ikebana: Japanese Traditional Profound Floral Art
Do You Know Kenzan and Suiban for Ikebana ?
Blend European design and Japanese Ikebana
Kenzan: Lifetime Ikebana Tool
Have You Heard of Garden Arrangement ?
Floral Arrangement Using a Substitute Vase
Florists and Floral Designers are Welcome to Our School
Floral Designs Help Enrich Your Life
Funeral flower service stabilizes business
Fresh cut and fresh water help flowers live longer
Custom designed floral arrangements
Support to graduates
Need a friendly & talented floral design instructor ?
Floral Design Studio in San Francisco Bay Area
3 kinds of hand-tied wedding bouquets
Compact size centerpiece for table arrangement
Centerpieces for weddings in the coming spring
Compact centerpiece on the table and window side
Arrangement for the end of fall season
Unlimited opportunities with flower arranging skills
Winter is over shortly and wedding season coming soon
Enthusiasm helps you become a good floral designer
No flowers available. You can still enjoy Ikebana
Set up your floral arrangement objective for this year.
Learned floral designs ? Then how about Ikebana ?
DIY Wedding Flowers: Save and Make money
Looking for an artistic hobby helpful to live a happy life ?
Ikebana Arrangement Elementary Course
Ikebana Arrangement Intermediate Course
Ikebana Arrangement Advanced Course
Table Arrangement Centerpiece Program
Course Completion Certificate

European design or Ikebana arrangement ?

Which Style Do You Like Better ?

Which floral art do you like better, European design or Japanese arrangement ?  From person to person, not only the taste but also the purpose of learning flower arrangement is different. We would like to make comparison between European arrangement and Japanese Ikebana from a few different view points as follows:

A. Culture wise:
Those who are interested in European culture usually prefers European arrangement which is quite natural. On the other hand people who like Japanese traditional culture are apt to prefer Japanese Ikebana arrangement. Most of people who are learning Ikebana are interested in Japanese traditional culture which affected and directed them to choose Ikebana arts when learning floral arrangements.

B. Business wise:
Those who are planning to do floral business such as running a floral shop or working for a florist as a floral designer or offering flower decorating services of weddings and funerals in the States have no choice but to learn European (or American) floral arrangements because most designs and skills for Ikebana arrangements cannot be used when running a floral shop or offering wedding/funeral flower arrangements. Therefore if you would like to earn floral arranging skills mainly for doing floral business in America, you are highly recommended to learn European arrangements rather than Japanese Ikebana.

C. Hobby wise:
If you want to earn flower arranging skills strictly for enjoying floral designs as a hobby, it does not matter which designs you choose, European arrangement or Japanese Ikebana. Either will do. Some people enjoy making both style of arrangements. One of merits and advantages for learning both European and Japanese way of arrangements is that they can enhance the portfolio of their designs and people having both skills can easily make their own style of designs by way of blending European and Japanese style of decorations.

Quite frankly speaking we can find lots of differences including advantages and disadvantages in each style of arrangements. However as mentioned in the above, from person to person the taste, preference of culture and also the purpose of learning floral arrangements are quite different. The bottom line is it is fully up to you which way you learn. It's your decision. We fully leave it to you which way you go.

For your information, we would like to introduce, for beginners, entry level programs/courses offered by California Flower Art Academy that teaches both style of floral art:

A. European style:
Introductory Trial Budget Program
Fresh Flower Arrangement Elementary Course

B. Japanese Traditional Ikebana:
Ikebana Short Seminar Program
Ikebana Arrangement Elementary Course

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If you are looking for reliable floral design instructors or flower arranging classes that offer quality lessons with cheap, inexpensive and affordable tuition, why not join California Flower Art Academy who is certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo, Japan). We help you earn practical floral design skills by way of hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions (semi private lessons). We have classrooms in Silicon Valley (San Jose, Santa Clara County) and also in the San Francisco Bay Area (Burlingame, San Mateo County). If you live in this area you can easily commute to and from our school. We help you earn practical skills from European floral designs to Japanese Ikebana, wedding to funeral decorations and short seminar to official courses.

 California Flower Art AcademySan Jose, CA408-859-7812