Ariella Chezar, is known for bringing a fresh, organic look to everything she creates. In this master class, she will demonstrate her magic with branches and vines of the season to create a large scale masterpiece to elevate a space. Students will then be guided by her personally to create their own masterpiece and take it home with them to marvel at!
Remco Van Vliet is a third generation florist as well as the official floral designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Born and raised in Holland, Remco probably knows more about the growing and arranging of flowers than any other florist in New York. His lectures on Van Gogh’s flowers have drawn sold out audiences at the Met Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and other prestigious venues around the world.
In this class, Remco will kick things off with a demonstration of a large scale installation for the Great Hall at The Met. He will then recreate a Dutch Masterpiece painting with the style and grace these iconic painters brought to their brushstrokes. In this class you will not only design an outstanding Dutch-inspired floral design to take home, but you will also learn unique insider knowledge about the floral design industry, history, art and more!
Open Studios are for students who are interested in floral design and want to make something beautiful with the help of an experienced florist. This studio class provides the opportunity to create a beautiful, seasonal, contemporary arrangement while learning a few professional techniques of floristry. You then get to bring your arrangement home to enjoy!
A signature of Ariella Chezar, the compote can be challenging, but is an effective container with a shallow depth and footed base. It is ideal for a romantic style which enables flowers to look their most natural. During this class, students will make two compote designs—one best for a centerpiece or dinner party, and a second, larger design best for a sideboard or entryway.
Shane Connolly was the ‘Artistic Director of Flowers’ for the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 and is one of the most sought after designers in England. Not only is he the Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales since 2006, Shane has written several books with his most recent one being, ‘Discovering the Meaning of Flowers.’ This beautiful book explores the historical meaning of various flowers as an inspiration for floral arranging.
Learn the secrets of wedding design from Shane Connolly, the ‘Artistic Director of Flowers’ for the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. Honored a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales since 2006, Shane has designed the flowers for two royal weddings, and is one of the most sought after designers in England for his natural, elegant style.
In the morning, Shane will discuss logistics of planning a large scale wedding, giving advice to new designers and referencing his 25 years of experience in the business. Paired in groups the class will create modern English style arrangements appropriate for a spring wedding.
In the afternoon, Shane will talk about symbolism of the flowers and the meanings of different flowers for different occasions. With Shane’s guidance, each student will create their own bridal bouquet, each with it’s own unique statement and meaning.
This series of classes is intended for beginning-level students who have an interest in learning foundation level skills in floral design. Skills include how to correctly handle and care for flowers, how to use a floral knife and clippers, and the conditioning of flowers for optimal vase-life longevity. This series teaches simple, high-end designs that highlight the flowers’ most beautiful and unique characteristics. Once learned, these designs can be recreated at home again and again.
After learning the basic floristry techniques in the Introduction Series, the Intermediate Series takes student to the next level of floristry. Purchasing flowers in the Flower Market and building recipes. This program will show students how to manage scaling up their projects while delivering very fashionable designs.