Online Class

Bonsai Design Techniques

$29.99$39.99

Advance your bonsai skills! Join bonsai artist Colin Lewis, and transform your tree —from subtle shaping to dramatic character changes.

Skill Level

Advanced

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Colin Lewis

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Create exciting, original bonsai with advanced design techniques! Join renowned bonsai artist and author Colin Lewis, and explore bonsai as a true art form. Begin by developing an eye for design by sketching trunks and canopies. Then learn the best way to shape branches while leaving little evidence of human interaction. You'’ll work with junipers, “the queens of bonsai,’’ and find out how to develop shari and live veins. Moving on, expertly deal with deadwood and shape jins before learning how to use fire to bend your jin into new positions, or age jins to achieve a mature look. Plus, uncover Colin’'s secret method for heavy engineering with the wedge principle, and successfully compose and shape new branch structures. To round out your new skills, prepare your bonsai for final shaping and enjoy how the final touches transform your tree’'s image.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Bonsai
14:19
Join your instructor, world-renowned bonsai artist Colin Lewis, for an exhilarating exploration of bonsai design. Tap into the striking poetry of this age-old tradition as Colin shares the history of various designs from around the world, highlighting a variety of aesthetics, emotions and philosophies as he goes. You'll finish the lesson feeling inspired and ready to assess a variety of trees for their future potential.
2. Leave No Trace Behind
21:42
3. Junipers
25:44
4. Dealing With Deadwood
16:20
5. Death-Defying Techniques
24:43
6. Composing Branch Structure
18:46
7. Final Refinement
33:00

Recommended with this class

  • Wood carving chisels
  • Electric drill, Dremel power tool and carving bits
  • Wire: anodized aluminum (range of sizes) and/or heat-annealed copper wire, depending on tree type

Taught by

Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis is a world-renowned bonsai artist, author, teacher and consultant. He is the founder of Bonsai Magazine, served on the European Bonsai Association and has been a teacher of bonsai for more than 25 years. Today he is the founder and a full-time instructor at the Ho Yoku School of Bonsai in Southern Maine. Colin has written many essential bonsai books, including The Art of Bonsai Design, The Bonsai Survival Manual and Practical Bonsai, and has contributed to Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Gardening, The Bonsai Handbook and more.
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