Paula Pryke

Flower Arranging

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    $200

    Includes personal feedback and tuition. More

  • $75

    Learn in an online classroom with no more than 20 classmates. More

Course Description

Learn new floristry skills and flower arrangements in this online floristry course with Paula Pryke OBE - one of the UK's leading florists.

Paula will show you step-by-step how to source and select flowers, how to combine flowers and foliage, what containers or wrapping to use and how to prolong the life of your flowers. You'll be learning directly from one of the best in the floristry business.

Master different techniques and enhance your creativity with this practical guide to floral design from one of the world's leading authors on floristry and flower arranging.

Learn her approach to different kinds of floral arrangements, how to work with props, and the secrets of creating stunning floral displays for any occasion.

At the end of each lesson you'll be given the chance to develop your practical skills by creating a floral arrangement. If you choose the Expert option Paula will feedback personally on your floral designs.

This course is suitable for students with any level of floristry knowledge and skills - from beginner to experts and those already in the floristry industry looking to learn directly from Paula.

You'll need:

For this course you will need some flowers and foliage. This could be from a florist, markets, or your own garden.

You will also need ribbons, cellophane (optional), containers and vases, sharp scissors, bindwire, a small knife, floral foam (Paula recommends an environmentally friendly alternative such as agra-wool), chicken wire, and floral tape (optional).

You'll learn:

  • how to create a hand-tied bouquet
  • making floral designs for interiors, events and special occasions including weddings, presentations and more
  • choosing flowers and foliage for your flower arrangements
  • tricks and tips from a master florist
  • selecting containers for your floral designs
  • protecting your arranged flowers for delivery

Time to complete this flower arranging course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 12 hours 20 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 1 hour 20 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Assignment: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

The course includes:

  • On-demand video lessons - presented by Paula Pryke
  • lifetime access to the video, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical (optional) flower arranging and bouquet creating projects
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom chat online to students from around the world

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Paula on your flower arrangements and questions.

Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

Course outline

  • Hand Tied Bouquets

    The spiralling of stems into a hand tied bouquet is one of the most important floral skills to master. Even if you don't want to make professional bouquets, this is a perfect skill for making posies and vase arrangements in your home. You will learn different looks for hand tied bouquets all using the same skill but creating very different effects. The Loose Mixed Bouquet. This is the most common bouquet and can be adapted to lots of different seasonal flowers. This combination is a classic Paula Pryke colourful design where Paula talks about how to choose a collection of flowers to go together well. The Rose Dome is often used for Bridal bouquets or other hand held bouquets but it also works well as a table centre. Grouping flowers creates a very textural and colourful look and makes your hand tied bouquet look more contemporary. This dark and bright colour combination shows you how to use colours in a more daring way. A spray of flowers is also hand tied but this has a flat back. It can be used in many different ways but is most often used as a chair back for weddings or as a sympathy gift for a funeral or a Christmas swag decoration for a door.

  • Arrangements

    Arrangements are made in a container and use a number of different mechanics to keep the flowers in place. In this lesson we explore all the different types of mechanics you may use for small table centres and low arrangements and how to use them. We will cover floral foam, clear or decorative tape, chicken wire and coloured aluminium wire.

  • Adapting Containers

    One of the trademarks of Paula's designs is to adapt the container so that it is part of the design and makes the overall effect more sculptural. Paula generally uses natural products such as foliage, fruits, vegetables and aggregates for this.

  • Holistic Design

    Studying nature is the best way to become a talented and sensitive designer. Nature is the best teacher of all. In this lesson we will explore a number of examples: A ring table centre using flowers as they are seen in the wild to create a very natural effect. An over arm bouquet using flowers with a trailing habit to make a Presentation Over Arm or Ballerina Bouquet. Using twigs as support - how to use contorted willow in the water to help you to create a good shape with the flowers.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option

    Recommended

    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Paula Pryke

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Paula Pryke
    • Certificate of completion
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    $200
  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
    Learn more
    $75

Floristry classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Paula Pryke

Paula Pryke - Gardening

Florist to the stars

Good Housekeeping Magazine
Paula Pryke is a world renowned florist who has been based in London for nearly thirty years. In 1988 Paula had a dream of opening a little flower shop in Islington. From these humble beginnings she changed the face of British floristry and has become one of London's top florists.

Paula published her first book in 1993 and has now published seventeen flower books, which have been translated into as many languages. Initially Paula's style was embraced in Japan and America but more recently she has been working and influencing floral design in Korea, China, India and South America establishing her globally as one of the worlds top florists.

Paula also runs her own flower delivery website in the UK. She works closely with growers to be able to offer only the very best fresh flowers.

www.paulapryke.com

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Awards & Accreditations

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  • Royal Horticultural Society
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