Floral Design

Floral Design
For the love of it...

Floral design is the art of using flowers and natural materials (or silk and other facsimiles) to create a pleasing and balanced composition for the enjoyment of people in their homes, professional settings, and for special occasions. The art of floral design also includes making wreaths, floral bows, garlands, etc. This art is arguably as old as mankind. Ancient Egyptians already featured refined floristry.

While the craft of floral design is a popular expression of personal creativity, it is also an essential component of the hospitality industry. From the six foot tall floral masterpieces in the lobbies of major hotels and casinos, to formal weddings and lavish events, then, to the dainty bed-side arrangements in quaint bed-and-breakfasts, floral design often sets the tone in an environment and is becoming ever more popular. Today, many grocery and big-box stores are adding flowers and even full-service floral departments, making flowers more accessible to the general public.

Trends   

  • The outlook for jobs in floral design is good. Most mid-sized cities have at least small flower shops and free-lance opportunities are available also.
  • Turnover rates in this profession are high, because the pay is generally low for non-credentialed florists. Consequently, getting started in floral design is easier than in other design careers.
  • Flowers are grown and imported throughout the world. As the global economy expands and transportation costs are reduced, the increase in floral prices will be limited and exciting new varieties will become available.
  • As the general population ages, more romantic customs are re-emerging. Sending flowers to mark an occasion is likely to become even more popular.
  • Though an appreciation of flowers, an artist’s eye and a personable-style of customer service are essential, it’s equally important for a floral designer to have the learnable technical skills of composition, construction, color and texture.

Program Offerings   

While Basic Floral Design is available for the sheer joy of it, successful completion of the four core courses earns a Certificate of Continuing Education in Floral Design. Additional classes will be available on a rotating basis.

 

ENR-597.  Basic Floral Design.   Learn the basic principles of fresh floral design while creating eight eye-catching arrangements. Current trends; color theory and effects; varieties of flowers, their usage and sourcing; as well as use of tools and bow demonstrations will be included. Note: Students should bring wire cutters and a floral knife to the first class. Instructor: Sharon Jeremiah. Classroom delivered, 8 sessions, 16.0 hours. Tuition $175 (NEL) plus $275 materials fee.

ENR-599.  Intermediate Floral Design.   Take the next step in the fundamentals of fresh floral design by creating more advanced arrangements that you can take home. Current trends will be used to keep the class fresh and up-to-date while building skills in creative and artistic interpretation using color, texture, proportion, balance, and unity. Note: Students should bring wire cutters and a floral knife to the first class. Instructor: Sharon Jeremiah. Classroom delivered, 8 sessions, 16.0 hours. Tuition $175 (NEL) plus $300 materials fee.

OCC-377. Advanced Floral, Wedding Designs.   Bridal and related designs considering family preferences for color, flowers, lifestyle, and budget; including bouquets for the bride and wedding party, corsages and boutonnieres, and standing and table arrangements as well as decoration for the ceremony, receiving galleries, and reception halls. Note: Students should bring wire cutters and a floral knife to the first class. Instructor: Sharon Jeremiah. Classroom delivered, 8 sessions, 16.0 hours. Tuition $175 (NEL) plus $300 materials fee.

OCU-381. Advanced Floral, Tribute Designs.   Special considerations are key to providing honorary tributes and sympathy flowers; including the customers’ requests, the delivery schedule, and budget. The floral designer’s creative interpretation is imperative as the family is often in duress and relies heavily on recommendations. Designs often include standing sprays, set arrangements, wreaths, baskets, and decorated potted plants. Note: Students should bring wire cutters and a floral knife to the first class. Instructor: Sharon Jeremiah. Classroom delivered, 8 sessions, 16.0 hours. Tuition $175 (NEL) plus $300 materials fee.

Coming this Fall...    

ENR-xxx. Do-It-Yourself Floral Design Gifts.   Do you have a creative sense and enjoy crafting? Let our floral professional help you expand your range with four projects that you can give or keep! In a one evening, you’ll get full instructions and ALL the MATERIALS to make an extraordinary gift plus -- expert tips on recreating future projects with your own up- or down-scale supplies. It could even become a home business! Choose any of the four or all for a discounted rate.  1. Live Dish Garden, 2. Silk Arrangement, 3. Gourmet Basket, 4. Seasonal Wreath. Classroom delivered, 4 sessions, 3 hours each.