Course Breakdown by Week:
Week One: Processing, Handling, and Care of Flowers
Flowers usually arrive at a floral shop in the cardboard boxes the growers shipped them in and have been without a water source for several days. Learn how flowers arrive to us from the growers and how to process flowers when they are in this fragile state in order to prepare them for design and/or sale. Different types of flowers require different handling and care for various stages of their life. We will discuss this thoroughly and students will learn how to use the tools in their floral kits.
Week Two: Grid System Vase Arrangement
During this class you will acquire the skill of designing in a wide-mouthed vase. Using a grid system enables you to create an intricate design while fully supporting each stem.
Week Three: One-Sided Design Using Floral Foam (Oasis)
Designing with floral foam allows for the creation of an arrangement that defies the natural direction and shape of flowers and greenery. Allowing for greater manipulation of botanical materials, the use of floral foam can result in very unique and sculpted pieces. This class will focus on using floral foam to create floral arrangements that are one sided – perfect for mantles, sideboards or side tables.
Week Four: All-Sided Design Using Chicken Wire
In this class we will create an all sided arrangement in a vessel with chicken wire. Students will be challenged with a more advanced floral arrangement that is suitable for a table centrepiece, whereby making it aesthetically pleasing from all angles.
Week Five: Corsage and Boutonnière Basics
Wiring and taping are an essential skill to have in floristry – this class will show you how to put it to good use. You will be shown how to create beautiful corsages and boutonnières.
Week Six: European Hand Tied Bouquet
Hand tied bouquets are the most advanced design that we will be covering during the last week of the course. Instead of using a vase with a grid, chicken wire or floral foam, you will be creating a floral arrangement in your hand. This style of design takes planning, preparation and most importantly PATIENCE!