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Learn Floral Design for Flower Show Competitions

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Floral Design II
From Monday, November 05 2012
To Monday, December 10 2012
10:00am - 12:00pm Monday of each week

Mass Hort is excited to extend a second offering of our floral design course for anyone interested in learning the nuts and bolts of how to do a design for a flower show. This course will be held in the Putnam Building at Elm Bank on Monday mornings from 10am to 12pm on the following dates:- 11/5, 11/12, 11/19,  12/3, 12/10, 12/17.

The cost of the course is $60 for all 6 classes and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of 40 participants so be sure to send your registration in by e-mail, snail mail or phone with full payment by the October 15th deadline.

This course is designed especially for those who would love to enter a flower show but are unsure of how to go about it or are timid and need support and encouragement

Course Description

11/5 Week 1
The Basics: Getting Started: n this class your will learn how to enter and prepare to do a design for a flower show. Planning your design from developing your concept and selecting plant material and containers, to mechanics and actual arranging will be discussed. The basic elements and principles of design will be covered.

11/12 Week 2
A Traditional Design: Discover how to create a wonderful traditional design—you’ve seen them in flower shows and wondered how to get the effect of mass and color—we’ll give you plenty of ideas and help you understand the meaning of conformance.

11/19 Week 3
A Craft Design: In this class you will discover the joy of using dried and/or fresh materials to create realistic jewelry. The different ways to prepare and treat plant material will be discussed along with ways to use paint, feathers another natural materials to get the desired effect.

12/3 Week 4
A Miniature Design: How small is small? This class will show you how to create a beautiful design in a small space using color, texture, lighting and other tricks to create a perfect design in miniature.

12/10 Week 5
A Creative Design: Isn’t all design creative?? Absolutely, but this style of design has some very specific guidelines. We’ll help you learn how to interpret a theme and come up with an appropriate design.

12/17 Week 6
Now it is Your Turn to Design: In this class you will come with all the necessary materials to do a design—the container, the mechanics and the plant material. You can choose a style from the previous 4 classes and should have spent the week leading up to this final class thinking about your design. You will have 1 ½ hours to work on it and then in the final ½ hour your design will be gently critiqued. This is a great way to put what you have learned.

This course is now full and reservations are no longer being taken.


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