Here at Melbourne Art Class, we offer a number of short courses in Floral Design, and last month Florist Carolyn Howells held a vintage-inspired Floral Design Tea Party Workshop at our Richmond studio!
Table décor is often a talking point at any event, and floral designs can make such a unique difference to a setting.
Tea parties can look elaborate, even with the smallest budget, and Carolyn aimed to inspire the students’ next event with a number of creative floral designs!
Carolyn brought the outdoors in with three vintage-style floral design pieces that will bring life to any Vintage Tea Party setting. Take a look at the beautiful designs from the workshop that the students were thrilled with!
Our next Floral Design Workshop
Carolyn’s next Floral Design Workshop will be held on Saturday 17th September and we are really excited about it!
It’ll be held over two Saturdays and you will learn how to create a number of designs, including small glass hanging terrariums, bamboo structure and tropical flower arrangements.
After what seemed like (literally) an ice age, spring is finally here, bringing with it a new creative enthusiasm that infects many people. This can be a time of growth, re-birth and creation. Nothing beats sighting the first buds, then within the blink of an eye pink blossom trees are lining our suburb streets and daffodils are brightening up our parks.
This month Carolyn Howells, our Floristy and Art Therapy teacher, shares why spring is significant to her. Thank you Carolyn!
Is spring an inspirational time of year for you?
I love spring, where the days are getting longer and the weather is warmer (mostly) and all the bulbs begin to flower. I find creative ideas grow and expand and I am inspired to get into the garden and the studio to paint, create flower designs, write workshops and put those ideas that have hibernated in the winter into action.
What are your favourite flowers during this season?
My favourite flowers during spring are, daffodils, I especially love the double daffodils, they are stunning with their pale yellow outside petals and bright yellow inner petals, jonquils, iris especially the flag iris, the vibrant coloured tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, stock, and freesias – especially the ones growing wild. In spring the fragrance of the flowers is exceptional. I also love to watch the trees get buds in late winter in preparation for blooming and then watch the beautiful fragile flower blossom in spring. The rhododendron is amazing too; the colours range from deep burgundy, to hot pink and pale pink.
Which flowers typically make up a spring flower arrangement?
Spring is one of the best seasons for mixed posies of hyacinths, tulips, iris, erlicheer, roses, stock, freesias and rhododendron for both the foliage and the flower.
The visual impact with all the textures is amazing and they smell delicious.
Art therapy – what does spring mean for you?
Art Therapy in spring can vary from year to year depending on what is happening in my life. This year I find I have more energy to put things into action, especially around wellbeing. I love to walk on the beach, practice my mindfulness, get out in my garden and pick straight from the veggie patch to make healthy salads for my family. I have kept an art journal over winter with design plans for my garden and now I can finally get out there and start redesigning. I am so inspired by the flowers in spring and love coming up with new ideas and designs to do both in flower design and my art. I am in the process of updating an art therapy based goal and action board, with all my ideas coming to life as change and growth happen this spring.
The first term of our Introduction to Floristry Workshops saw a number of students who had never before arranged flowers produce exquisite bouquets. Over the four weeks, Carolyn focused on different techniques and arrangements, including elegant, textured bouquets with bouvardia and freesias and striking modern table arrangements. Below are some moments from the course. Each student took home their creations each week, which they were very happy with! We are extremely proud of the professional arrangements they created. Carolyn will be running another Introduction to Floristry Workshop beginning in April. You can find out more information and enrol here.
Earlier in September I attended MAC’s first Wedding Flower Workshop with florist Carolyn Howells.
My previous experience with flowers was only limited to painting them so I did not know what to expect. After four hours under Carolyn’s tutelage, I now have the utmost respect for florists and their strong fingers! Carolyn’s approach to teaching is to pass on flower arranging techniques of the highest industry standard.
There were people with varying degrees of experience with floristry design, and Carolyn was very welcoming and patient with absolute beginners (myself included).
The workshop focused on roses, and we each had four bunches of beautiful white roses to work with. We were shown how to make leaves shine (with olive oil) and how to wire and tape them to prepare for the bouquet.
After preparing each rose (all thirty of them), the bouquet came together quickly and Carolyn provided ribbon and pins to finish it off.
The class was in awe of the bouquets we made and they are still holding together now, and opening beautifully. We also created a matching corsage with two leaves and a smaller rose; I never realised just how much work is behind such a small piece. Carolyn provided each student with a gift box and demonstrated how to present the bouquet with white tissue paper, which was a lovely finishing touch and very professional. We were all very pleased to take home what we had made!
What surprised me about the class was the amount of wedding bouquet horror stories everybody had to share. People relayed their wedding days when past flower arrangements fell apart, wilted, and even had wiring work showing – and they were all describing professionally arranged bouquets which they had paid for. The wiring and taping technique Carolyn taught us is exactly how we should expect wedding bouquets to be made. I am glad I have not yet needed a wedding bouquet; thanks to Carolyn I now know how to recognise a correctly arranged bouquet!
This workshop really opened my eyes to the art of floristry and I am really looking forward to attending MAC’s upcoming Vintage-themed Wedding Flower Workshop, which will focus on a mixed seasonal flower and herb bouquet, vintage-style table designs, matching corsage and more.
Our next Floral Design course will be an introductory short course running over 4 x 2.5 hour sessions on Saturday afternoons. They will begin on July 19th. They are tutored by experience florist, teacher and art therapist, Carolyn Howells. For more information, please go to: http://melbourneartclass.com/floral-design-course/
Bella, our children’s class teaching assistant, is going to shave her head to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. To raise awareness for the cause she has put together this wonderful video. We are very proud of her.
Carolyn Howells teaches our Floral Design courses and has launched a new blog for 2014. Her latest post features images from the Floral Design short course she taught for Melbourne Art Class in 2013. You can find her blog at: http://nestflowerart.wordpress.com/
I first saw Carolyn Howells’ work in the form of a bridal bouquet. It was made up of tulips bound together in a bold bright combination of colours and the simplicity and beauty of the arrangement made an impression on me. In talking with Carolyn recently, I realised how amazing the art of floral design, floral art or if you like, floristry, is. Designers such as Carolyn are doing amazing creative pieces of work which retain and even enhance the fragile beauty of the flower yet make bold statements in new territories such as installation.
Carolyn is joining with Melbourne Art Class to teach a course in Floral Design. Carolyn will be bringing her experience as a floral designer, as the former owner of the florist, Henley by Design in Adelaide and more recently as a qualified Art Therapist. In the spirit of creating unique courses, Carolyn is putting together a course which combines the best of all her experience.