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2-Day Introductory Series – In Person & Online
April 4 - April 5
This series of classes is intended for beginning-level students who have an interest in learning foundation level skills in floral design.
- how to correctly handle and care for flowers
- how to use a floral knife and clippers
- conditioning of flowers for optimal vase-life longevity
- industry best practices & techniques
- how to highlight flowers most beautiful and unique characteristics
- four high-end design styes that, once learned, can be recreated at home again and again.
- floral designs that students create in each of the for classes,
- all materials
- all flower vessels
- a floral knife
- floral clippers,
- a FlowerSchool New York apron
- FlowerSchool New York Handbook & Recipes
Class One: Introduction to Design I: Hard Stemmed Flowers
(Day One: 10:30am – 12:30pm)
The first class of this series will introduce the basic structures and principles of floral design using one of the most common flowers; roses. Students will learn how to select roses (and other flowers) for freshness and color, how to properly use the florist knife and why it is important and how to clean and condition flowers to help the flower last as long as possible. Students will accomplish and learn modern styled ‘twist’ technique with hard-stemmed roses. This technique is an essential design mechanic for most florists and can be done with a variety of flowers to pull off a very sophisticated design.
Class Two: Introduction to Design II: Soft Stemmed Flowers
(Day One: 1:30pm – 4:00pm)
In this class students will learn the characteristics of soft-stemmed flowers and how to construct a graphic look. This entails different flower care and a design method. Students will learn how soft-stemmed flowers grow and who grows the best varieties. Students will accomplish a graphic design style learning how to manipulate the stems, selecting the correct vase and create a more graphic look
Class Three: Garden Centerpiece Design
(Day Two: 10:30pm – 12:30pm)
After working with mono-floral (single type of flower) designs, this class will discuss the methods of combining different varieties of flowers together for centerpieces. Design concepts including size, proportion, vase choice and balance will be worked through.
Class Four: Hand Tied Bouquet
(Day Two: 1:30pm – 4:00pm)
Class Four is a fresh and contemporary take on a traditional look- the Hand Tied Bouquet, which is a popular and necessary mechanic in floral design. Students will learn the principles of this design style and how the look can be reminiscent of a Dutch still life painting. Focusing on mechanics, the class will learn how to construct a hand tied bouquet and how to evenly distribute elements with stems going in the same direction. Students will learn which flowers are suitable, how to choose flowers/colors that are harmonious, how to condition each variety of flower for longevity and how to create an organized, balanced and beautiful hand tied bouquet