The Beginners Course:
Six Week Evening Course: 12th September-17th October (The taster course) 7.00pm-9.30pm
Twelve Week Evening Course: 12th September- 12th December, 7.00pm-9.30pm
Four Day Intensive course: 18th September-21st September, 9.30am-4.00pm
Our beginners guide to floristry has been designed to give students a comprehensive insight into contemporary floral design and give students a hands on guide to entering the floristry industry.
Our course provides students with the basic design principles in floristry, however we have a strong desire to teach students fashionable and up to date designs. While working with some truly beautiful flowers and foliage, Alicia will encourage everyone from an early stage to develop their own style and together she will encourage all students to reach their potential and beyond.
There is a strong focus on colour calibrations and textures. You will work with the very best of flowers, locally grown and from Holland.
As well as individual practical work, we will work as a group to create large installations. There will be lots of photograph opportunities!
As well as practical work there is a strong focus on theory too. We cover planning an event, budgeting, working with wholesalers and an introduction into building your own website and working on social media.
Everyone is supplied with a Flourish Sussex Flower School notebook and pen on arrival.
For the first three evenings we will cover the following: We will discuss flower availability and the importance of conditioning flowers. We will create a hand tied bouquet and students will learn to master the spiral stem. We will then gift wrap the bouquet. Students will be shown a variety of gift wrap options.
We will turn to wiring and students will learn to wire buttonholes and corsages, as well as presenting them in a beautiful way for a wedding. Students will learn the traditional way of creating a buttonhole, as well as the garden style.
-Introduction to Wedding Work
You will learn to create a posy for a bride. We will look at ways of wrapping the bouquet with ribbon and the varieties of ribbon that are available.
We will discuss planning for a wedding, looking at colour, design and proportion, ordering and costing, and how to reduce wastage. We will also give you an example of a bridal consultation and you will see examples of mood boards that are helpful when planning a wedding.
We will also look at using floral foam and eco friendly alternatives for an event.
We will create a free flowing bouquet for a bride, a popular design which has taken over the dated traditional wired shower bouquet.
Funeral work. We will discuss the importance of dealing with family members when they are grieving . We will look at the different displays that as a florist you can create for a funeral. Students will then create a double ended spray for a coffin. Students will also create a wreath of flowers.
We will then turn our hands to creating centerpieces for a table. We will create a natural vase display, suitable for a wedding and then as a group we will create a foam based table runner. Students will dress the table with t-lights and accessories as if it was a wedding.
We will give an introduction into running your own business, with a hand out containing information regarding building a website, social media, marketing and advertising.
We will create a simple pedestal display suitable for an event or church piece.
The course will finish with all students receiving a certificate and of course a glass of bubbly!
All flowers, foliage and materials are included in the price.
What else is included:
-Demonstrations by head floral designer Alicia Barker.
-A hand cut flower book to keep.
-A Flourish Sussex Flower School notebook and pen.
-Tips on how to work with seasonal flowers and foliage.
-All flowers and foliage to take home.
-You can ask Alicia lots of questions about floral designing and working in the industry.
-Refreshments, including cake, tea, coffee will be provided.
-Take as many photos as you like of your work and Alicia's work to take home with you.
-Ribbons from Kate Cullen will be provided.
-The opportunity to become part of Flourish's community and join our private Facebook page where Alicia shares advice, design tips and posts videos of her designs (Available from September 2018).
-An information pack from the days arrangements so you can recreate at home, along with a few floral goodies.