Time to learn floristry?

Do you love flowers? Have you ever dreamt of working with them? Would you like to pick up a new hobby or help friends with events and weddings? Why not join us this September for our 'beginners guide to floristry' career course.

Although the course is called ‘career course’ you may just be here because you love flowers, and have a desire to learn more about your hobby. The beautiful thing about floristry is there are so many options. Whether you have dreamt of owning your own flower shop, would like to open a studio, become a wedding stylist, help friends and loved ones with their floral events or simply would like to try something new, floristry is a great industry to absorb yourself in. By working with nature, you can leave stresses at the door and immerse yourself in design, which is both therapeutic and creative.

My background

I have been a floral designer for over fourteen years. I began my training with a two year diploma at a local college. I then went onto training at some of the world's leading flower schools including Jane Packer Flowers, McQueens and Tulipina Design.

I ran my own wedding and events business for eight years, before stepping back to concentrate on my family.

I launched Flourish Sussex Flower School in October 2017 and it is been the most exciting year of my career so far.

My style is very much inspired by nature. I love to work with shapes of flowers and foliages. I try to have a focus on colour and I love creating elaborated designs. I am a big supporter of non floral foam displays. Although at the school we do teach displays that use foam, we feel it is important for students to learn to use other environmentally friendly mediums too.

Why choose Flourish Sussex Flower School?

We have created courses that are designed for people who have busy lives. One of the biggest drawbacks from my college course was that it was two days a week for two years, which was difficult to manage with work. We had to supply our own flowers, so we weren’t exposed to all the varieties of flowers and foliages that are available.

At Flourish we run career courses over a six week or twelve week period and a four day intensive course. This has been designed so that people can fit the courses around work and child care.

We also provide all the flowers, so you will get to work and see the seasonal varieties that are available. All you need to remember to bring on the day or evening is a camera, and if you are doing the four day course then your lunch. Everything else is included in the price.

Do you need training to become a florist?

There are many opinions out there on this particular question and there are some incredibly talented florists who are self taught. I however believe you can never have too much training.

I always compare floristry to being a chef and even if you have a good palate, if you have the necessary training you can take your work to the next level. Also like many things, sometimes things go wrong. If you have had significant training you can draw on your experience to stay calm and recreate a display using different tools and flowers. This is a skill that should never be underestimated.

Our Core Belief

At Flourish Sussex Flower School at the heart of the courses is design. We want you as the students to develop your own style from an early stage. We don’t want to restrict you with traditional floristry rules. We will tell you and show you all the necessary methods, but as a school we encourage students to be creative, to try new things and see what looks beautiful to them. By pushing boundaries and allowing students the freedom to just be creative will allow you as the designer to flourish. We don’t all our students creating the same design, we want you to all be individuals and find a style of floristry early on.

The Courses

The courses are split into three different levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. The beginners course is designed for anyone who has no experience or is under confident with aspects of floristry. The intermediate is for anyone who has completed the beginners course or who has previous experience and the advanced is for existing florists or for those who have completed both the beginners and intermediate levels.


 

The Beginners Course:

Dates:

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

Course Outline:

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.

Sessions 1-3

 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.

Sessions 4-6

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.

Sessions 7-9:

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.

Sessions 10-12:

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.

 

The Intermediate Course

Course Dates: The Nine Week Evening Course: Wednesday 9th January - Wednesday 13th March : 7.00pm-9.30pm.

The Four Day Intensive Course: Tuesday 19th March-Friday 22nd March 9.30am-4.30pm

Our intermediate career course has been designed to lead on from our beginners course or for those who have had previous experience in the floristry industry.

Our course introduces innovative designs and there is a strong focus on style development. We draw on fashion, trends, nature, artists to inspire our work and push boundaries to create show stopping installations and floral arrangements.

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 with the beginners course, there is a strong focus on theory work, as well as practical. During the intermediate course we look at running your business. We look at building your own website, social media, managing staff, looking for premises, budgeting and marketing.

Everyone is supplied with a Flourish Sussex Flower School notebook and pen on arrival.

Session one to two:

We have an introduction talk about the course and then students will create a show stopping large trailing bouquet. Students will be shown an effective way of photographing your bouquet.

In session two we will create a textured wreath suitable for a funeral.

Sessions three to four:

Hanging installations are always a show stopping part of any event and during session three and four we will create a foliage foam chandelier and then an eco friendly floral chandelier. Students will be able to take home their floral chandelier and re use their grapevine wreath again and again.

Sessions five to six:

On session five we will leave the practical work and there will be a business talk. This will include discussing advertising, marketing, social media, staff, premises. All students will take away an information pack.

Before session six students will have some homework! They will need to create a mood board inspired by the Dutch Golden Age,  in the late 18th century at the wonderful paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder, Ambrosius Bosschaert, and Roelandt Savery. A talk will be given about this era and how we can draw on paintings for inspiration in our floristry work.

Session Six:  students will work with a floral frog pin to create an art inspired free flowing display. All work will be photographed and the images will be available for the students portfolio.

Session Seven: students will also create a free flowing medium urn display, suitable for a wedding or event.

Session Eight: we will look at creating eye catching fashion statement headdresses. These statement pieces will be works of art by the time we have finished!

Session Nine: we will finish the course by as a group creating a group archway. There will be lots of opportunities to take photographs. All students will receive a certificate on completion of the course with a glass of bubbly.

Theory work includes:

-A talk will be giving about running your own business. We will look at budget, costs of running a shop. Social media, marketing and advertising, as well as building your own website. This is an introduction and we advice all students to sign up to our one day business class.

All flowers, foliage and materials are included in the price.

What else is included:

-Demonstrations by head floral designer Alicia Barker.

-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

 

 

The Advanced Course

Dates of Course:  Evenings, 7.00pm-10.00pm 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July. Day 9.30am-4.30pm Friday 28th June and Saturday 30th June.

Our advanced floristry course offers the ultimate floristry training. This jam packed floristry course in Sussex is designed for existing florists and those who have had significant training.

This course is split across three evenings and a Friday and Saturday day.

Evening One:

Students will create a flower wall as a group.

Evening Two:

We will dress a table with tall floral displays suitable for an event or wedding.

Evening Three:

We will dress candelabras and discuss different designs that can be used.

We will look at the importance of setting up scenes to take beautiful photographs. All photos will be available for students to use on their websites and in their portfolios.

An information pack will be taken home giving business advice which we will go into detail about creating a website and focusing on social media.

Friday & Saturday:

We will decorate our studio as if it was a venue for a wedding. Students will work out how many flowers can be put into different displays and then as a group we will create the following:

-Bridal bouquet.

-Garden style buttonholes and corsages.

-Aisle flowers.

-A large floral archway.

-A hanging display.

-A natural garland.

As a group we will dress a table, with floral displays, high and low and with accessories.

Students can take as many photographs as they like.

This is a great course to gain lots of experience creating a wedding without the pressure of a 'real' bridal party.

The days start at 9.30am and conclude around 4.30pm.

The day will be concluded with a glass of bubbly and a certificate.

All flowers, foliage and materials are included in the price. Please note that although students will be able to take all flower arrangements home, some of the morning's flowers will be used for the afternoon's displays.

Prices:

Six week beginners course: £275.00

Twelve week beginners course: £550.00

Four day intensive beginners course: £550.00

Nine week intermediate course: £575.00

Four day intensive intermediate course: £575.00

Advanced Course: £650.00

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