The Floral Gatherings; A weekend flower school intensive course
Morning, Welcome talk by Grace and Emma, introduction to the course, the flowers & each other.
For those of you who love flowers, join us for a beautiful three-day flower filled course. Open to all abilities, whether you’re a complete beginner, maker, crafter or professional. This course is designed to teach you the basic skills of floristry whilst celebrating your individual style and creativity. Along with celebrating flowers, in all their natural beauty!
We will spend some time on the first day of the course, learning the foundations of floristry with some beginner’s floristry skills and techniques that can be used time and time again. Whether you're considering a move into the floristry industry or just want to have a better knowledge of how to care for and arrange your flowers, this is the course for you!
Grace will teach and guide you through each of the floristry activities on this course. We will be learning some industry tips on how to care for and get the most out of your blooms, we will talk about different techniques, tools and where to source your flowers. As well as foraging advice, working with the seasons and a guide to using and blending colour within your flower arrangements. There will be plenty of time for questions, some business related advise and lots of handling and playing with flowers.
We will also have the pleasure of working with Emma from Field and Nestthroughout our three-day course. Emma will be providing each student with an individual documentary style album of your time on the course. Documenting both your progress and all of your lovely creations.
We will both talk to you about how to style work and ‘Emma will talk to you about the techniques around photographing your florals, including your choice of camera & lens, natural lighting and top tips for curating an Instagram feed that best displays your skills- if you’re considering a move into the industry this is so helpful, and something I wish I’d learnt from the very start of my floristry career!
Group Large Scale Installation
After our morning introduction to floristry talk and getting to know each other over a light lunch, we will begin our first teaching session – A romantic styled wedding archway. This is a lovely task to start our three days together, we will work as a group to build up a natural, free standing, foam free archway, using locally grown seasonal foliage and flowers. We will talk about the techniques and mechanics of how to build large scale foam free arrangements, what types of large-scale arrangements are best suited in different spaces and how to condition the flowers and the best colours for you to choose. Our process and final creation will be documented throughout by Emma.
Day Two; Table arrangements & Styling
We welcome you back for day two, where we will start with a floral centrepiece class. Grace will guide you through a foam free centrepiece process and each student will make a beautifully arranged seasonal centrepiece in a vessel. You will learn how to layer foliage, integrate fillers and add statement blooms to create a shapely design. We will talk about colour how to pick the right vessel for your occasion, tools you will need and sourcing. Once again, your process will be documented by the lovely Emma and you will be able to take home your finished centrepiece at the end of the day.
We will take a break for lunch and return to a styling class. This is a really fun and playful class. For me, it’s been such an important and integral part of my job thus far it allows you to have real creativity and individuality in your work. We will work with our table arrangements made in the morning session, along tones of styling props, vessels extra flowers and foliage. We will create a series of still life images, talk about colour, lighting, backdrops and floral styling. We will talk about using yourself when marketing your work and touch on social median and branding.
Day Three; Pedestal Arrangements & Bouquet Making
For our third and final day of our floristry course we have two beautiful workshops for you. For our morning session we will look at how to make a pedestal arrangement. How to choose flowers for a larger scale arrangement, which colours are best to work with and how to build up detail within your work when working on a larger scale. Our creations and process will be photographed once again by Emma.
We will take a break for lunch and come back with our final session of the course; Grace will guide you through a hand-tied bouquet making technique and each student will make a beautifully arranged romantic style, seasonal bouquet.
You will be able to select your bouquet ingredience from a wide range of seasonal flowers and foliage, learn how to condition each flower ready to place into your bouquet and the key techniques surrounding the hand tied bouquet. Your process and finished product will be documented by Emma, we will have some time to style your creation, and finish it with beautifully natural dyed silk ribbons and to teach you the techniques around wrapping and packaging your bouquets.
The workshop runs from 10am - 4pm each day (Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th)
All tools, flowers and materials are provided for with this workshop, along with a light lunch that will be served each day during our break.
Please note: places will be limited so that we can concentrate on a small number of students. This workshop requires a minimum number of attendees in order take place - should this not be met, you will be issued a full refund or offered a place at our next workshop.