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Earlier this week, Bonsai Empire and Bjorn Bjorholm released Bonsai Course for beginners -. An online course covering basics of bonsai
Course Bonsai for Beginners
The course is available through the web site Bonsai Empire by $ 19.99 June 8 – the cost can rise if you enroll after the eighth. I was provided access to the course for review purposes.
Start to run the course was simple. Including breaks, it took about 2 hours to complete the 17 conferences. Each conference covers a topic like “What is Bonsai?” O “Repotting” with a video and lecture notes. Most conferences are short – between 3-6 minutes – with the longest running conferences up to 18 minutes. The material is easy to navigate, and as we have come to expect from the videos of Bjorn (Bjorn edited the course) and Bonsai Empire, the production quality is very good.
Navigating the course – Lecture 2, What is Bonsai
The narration is provided by Oscar de Bonsai Empire Jonker and Bjorn Bjorholm – most technical issues are covered by Bjorn. Takeaways wrench a series of conferences to reinforce key points and find a questionnaire at the end of the course.
The course is aimed directly at those who are Bonsai new or have not had much exposure to bonsai done at a high level. experienced bonsai enthusiasts will appreciate the beautiful trees and a look at the gardens that would otherwise not have the opportunity to see, but you will likely find that the material is very basic.
For beginners, I would say that the course is not a step by step instruction guide. It is a good overview that provides context to learn more about bonsai and a pair of entry points to start using their own trees.
In that sense, I think the strongest lesson is focusing on creating your own bonsai tree. It is the longest and most detailed in the ongoing conference. In it, Bjorn takes us through the steps of how to select the right material for bonsai and speaks through the work that follows. one Shimpaku juniper exercise is used and shows how to find the front, select branches, wire is applied and replant. It’s a great overview of the process we go through when we bring home new trees.
Refining a juniper Shimpaku
there are pictures of beautiful trees in the course? Yes. Will I see the trees I will not see elsewhere online? Yes. Will participate in the course trees do better in my garden? For beginners, yes, the course can lay some of the groundwork for further studies. The course also dispels some myths pernicious – I was particularly happy to see the practice of bonsai juniper pinches strongly discouraged. For more experienced bonsai lovers, whether or not the course helps your collection depends on you.
The breakdown of size categories with trees shows beautiful
A screen tokonoma at the residence of Nobuyuki Yanai
What I would like to see more of? How-to information that can help fans who may not have access to good bonsai material and instruction. The conference wiring shown very good technique and provide all the basic information, but there is much more to say on the subject -. Possibly material shall see in a later course
One of the most entertaining conference features Bjorn through time-lapse photography working on a great white pine for 4 days. I think it’s great to see how much work goes into this company and it’s fun to see how pills are shaped branches.
still want more information about the course? Check out the course site at the Empire Bonsai.
already took the course? Feel free to share your comments free below.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com