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CONTENT OF COURSES  
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EAST OF ENGLAND AREA OF NAFAS CERTIFICATE OF FLORAL ARTISTRY

 

CERTIFICATE ONE 

"Foundation in Floral Artistry" recommended 150 hours 

Portfolio

Health & Safety, 

BASIC- mechanics, tools/equipment, bases, foams, containers.

Preservation of Plant Material – Pressing, Air drying, Glycerining, 

Elements and Principles of Design,

Characteristics of Traditional Floral Designs and Contemporary Floral Designs

Practical Designs: Round, Vertical, Linear, Triangle, Assym Triangle, Parallel, Crescents, Hogarth

(NOTE: contemporary techniques and designs will be taught throughout the complete course)

Designs for special occasions

Simple wiring 

Photographing the Designs

Further Preservation of plant material and uses - Skeletonising, Dessicants, Microwave, Waxing and Include making skeleton phormium leaf

Named crafts - Swags, Garlands, Plaque, Pressed Pictures, Collage, Palisade, Montage, Pave/Tapestry.

Miscellaneous Designs, Landscape, Seascape, Still Life, Mobile/Stamobile, Miniature/Petite, Modern Cascade,  

Further mechanics 

Contemporary constructions

Show Work and Festivals, Understanding & Planning, Terminology.

Competitors Manual, What is Plant Material?

Interpretive Designs, including all foliage, plants & flowers, Incorporating fruit & Vegetables etc

DESIGNING

Design Boards and Inspiration from many sources

Sources: Architecture, Environment, People, Arts, etc.

Design and progression from the design board​

Environmental Studies, Land Art, Driftwood (Cleaning and colouring driftwood and uses)

Art in the Environment

CERTIFICATE TWO

" Further Study of Floral Artistry" recommended 100 hours

Historical Periods & Inspiration for Today (Covers all Periods)

3 Period Designs 

3 Designs inspired by period​

International Influences - Dutch, Italian, French, German, Scandinavian, Belgium and others

6 Practical Arrangements, 

Looking at Floristry for inspiration 

Designing for today  ( foam free mechanics)

Large Scale Designs & Installations, Large Pedestals

Traditional English Pedestal, Modern Pedestal,

Working in Groups, 

Contemporary Designs and Techniques - (FLEXIBLE)

Ikebana and Minimalism, Abstract

Paint Techniques, Working with variety of Materials

Sculpture, Structures, Containers etc. as appropriate for today

Further Designs and Techniques - (FLEXIBLE)

CERTIFICATE THREE

"Higher Level of Floral Artistry" recommended ten workshops over two years (your choice)

Flower Arranging is forever evolving. It may be that you enjoy the learning process and wish to continue with other ideas.

The course is flexible and it is for you to decide how much or how little to do. 

NAFAS INDIVIDUAL COURSES IN FLORAL ART AND DESIGN

101
FIRST STEPS IN FLOWER ARRANGING Tuition time 20hrs Private Study hrs 5

  • Health & Safety requirements in Floral Design

  • Correct use and care of tools & equipment

  • Correct use of Floral foam & containers

  • Use of different mechanics

  • Different methods of preserving plant material

  • Basic Botany

  • Selection of appropriate material of good quality

    Introduction to Elements and Principles of design

 

102
ALTERNATIVE MECHANICS  Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 5

• Creating floral design using a variety of mechanics: wire mesh, aggregates, grids, moss, pin holder, stems as a support and structures

 

103
GEOMETRIC FLORAL DESIGN  Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 5

• Produce specific designs including vertical, circular all round, symmetrical triangle, asymmetrical triangle, crescent,

inverted crescent, hogarth curve.

104
PLANT MATERIAL INSPIRED DESIGN

Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 5

• Selecting suitable plant material for specific designs including a design featuring foliage, handtied bouquet, parallel, horizontal, cascade.

105
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

In depth understanding of each of the Elements of Design

  • Texture

  • Colour

  • Line

  • Form

  • Space

   

106
PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

Tuition time 25hrs Private study hours 15

In depth understanding of each of the Principles of Design

  • Balance

  • Contrast

  • Dominance

  • Proportion

  • Scale

  • Rhythm

    Harmony

 

107

UNDERSTANDING PLANT MATERIAL

Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

  • Understand the importance of transpiration

  • Understand Conditioning techniques for cut plant material

  • Producing designs different conditioning methods

  • Understand phototropism

  • Requirements for a good cutting garden

  • Information about plant material

  • Identifying House Plants

    Understand the botanical naming and classification of plants

 

108
COMPETITION WORK

Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

  • Understanding the NAFAS Competitions Manual

  • The Importance of reading a schedule

  • How to interpret a class title

  • Understanding “accessories” and the term “height optional”

  • Understand the judging criteria for a competition

  • Understand “Guidance for Competitors” from the current Competitors Manual.

  • Producing competitive designs following the rules as stated in the NAFAS Competitions Manual

 

109
CRAFTING WITH PLANT MATERIAL
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

  • Preserving methods and use of preserved plant material

  • Knowing suitable floral adhesives and their use in floral design

  • Producing a range of crafted designs including collage, pressed

    flower picture, picture/plaque, floral jewellery, floral accessories (either hat, handbag, or shoe). Understanding of the word turgid related to floral design requirements in the Competitions Manual

 

110
FESTIVE AND FESTIVAL STYLES
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

• Understand mechanics and how to construct specific designs including swag, garland, wreath, topiary, pave, hanging design, stamobile or mobile

   

111
INTERPRETATIVE DESIGNS
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

• Produce specific designs including landscape, seascape, petite, miniature, montage and still life

 

112
DESIGNS WITH STRUCTURES
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

• Produce specific structures including vertical, horizontal, circular, and caged

 

113
FLOWERS FOR OCCASIONS
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

  • Floral designs for suitable gifts – simple hand-tied posy, basket of flowers, small decoration on the neck of a wine bottle or gift box

  • Consideration required to construct a range of floral designs suitable for table arrangements – buffet table for an anniversary and a seasonal event, religious, festival or young person’s birthday

  • Mechanics and considerations required to construct a floral design suitable for a celebratory cake
    Mechanics and considerations required to construct floral designs suitable for funerals

 

114
PLACEMENT TECHNIQUES
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

Placement of stems in floral design including

  • Radiating

  • Parallel

  • Diagonal and Horizontal.

    Placement techniques of

  • Graduating/Transition

  • Mirroring/Shadowing

  • Sequencing/Sheltering

  • Shadowing/Veiling

    Zoning/Sectioning

 

115
FRAMING TECHNIQUES

Tuition time 20hrs Private study hours10

  • Understand the framing techniques of :

  • Caging

  • Collaring

  • Framing

  • Hedging

  • interconnecting/joining

   

116
GROUPING TECHNIQUES
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 15

  • Understand the grouping techniques of:

  • Basing/Carpeting, Groundwork

  • Bocking/Clustering/Massing

  • Cushioning/Pillowing

  • Tufting

  • Layering/Terracing

  • Packing/Stacking

  • Skewering

    Stringing/Threading

 

117
FIXING TECHNIQUES

Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

  • Understand the fixing techniques of:

  • Binding

  • Bunching/bundling

  • Winding

  • Wrapping/banding

  • Baling

  • Buttressing

  • Clamping/Kubari/Wedging

  • Pinning

  • Gluing

  • Wax

  

118
MANIPULALTING TECHNIQUES
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 15

  • Understand the manipulating techniques of:

  • Braiding/Plaiting

  • Feathering

  • Composite flowers

  • Rolling

  • Pleating/Smocking

  • Folding

  • Bending

  • Stranding/Stripping

  • Weaving

  • Knotting

  

119
WIRING TECHNIQUES

Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 15

  • Understand the techniques of:

  • Wire mesh

  • Tatami

  • The Web

  • The Comb

  • wire supporting, taping,

  • Wire scrunching

  • Wire manipulating

  • Wire knitting

  • Understand the uses of wirework – supporting and taping

    

120
MORE FLOWERS FOR OCCASIONS
Tuition time 20hrs Private study hours 15

  • Produce floral designs for – all round hand tied bouquet and a simple posy in a posy holder

  • Mechanics and floral designs for single flower buttonhole, multi flowered buttonhole taking inspiration from current trends and a corsage.

  • Understand and produce table designs in floral design for – long and low design for front edge of a top table, tall design for centre of a large circular guest table.

  • Understand and produce floral designs for – pedestal, ceremony table and pew end

  • Understand the creation of wedding cake decoration in floral design – single-tiered wedding cake, and a multi-layered wedding cake

  

121
PLANNING COMPETITIONS

Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 20

• Understand the process of making and writing a schedule for a floral design competition – list the helpful tips stated in the current Competitions Manual, write a schedule, and produce a design from a schedule.

  

122
PLANNING FOR EXHIBITIONS
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 25

  • Understand mechanics for large scale floral design - altar vase, archway (freestanding and against a wall), large pedestal, angled tops for stands, metal and wood combinations and flat and low

  • Understand considerations when using religious venues for floral exhibitions – Christian venues, Buddhist venues, Hindu venues, Jewish venues, and Muslim venues

  • Understand different styles of design that can be used in a large venue – stately homes, marquees, outdoors and private parties at home.

  • Understand health and safety requirements for planning a large-scale event

  

123
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Tuition time 15 hrs Private study hours 15

  • Understanding the role of the design brief in floral design development

  • Understand the importance of research in the floral design development process

  • Be able to follow the floral design development process

  • Be able to produce and evaluate floral design using a

    completed floral design brief

    

124
WORLDWIDE FLORAL DESIGN
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 10

  • Understand how floral design differs in relation to geographical influences

  • Be able to produce designs based on influence from different geographical areas.

  • Understand and evaluate floral design influences from current worldwide designers

  • Understand influences on floral design from the World Association of Floral Artists (WAFA)

  • Understand the influence of artists of environmental floral design

  

125
FLOWERS IN EARLY HISTORY
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 25

Understand and complete designs for the following periods Egyptian, Greek/Roman, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese for example

  • General background

  • How and where flowers were used/symbolism

  • Typical settings

  • Overall characteristics of the period

  • Typical backgrounds

  • Colour

  • Containers

  • Suggested accessories

  • Plant material

  • Places to see

  

126
THE RENAISSANCE AND BEYOND
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 25

  • Understand and complete designs for the following periods – Italian Renaissance, Tudor, Dutch/Flemish, American Colonial and Georgian

  • General background

  • How and where flowers were used/symbolism

  • Typical settings

  • Overall characteristics of the period

  • Typical backgrounds

  • Colour

  • Containers

  • Suggested accessories

  • Plant material

  • Places to see

    

127
FROM ROCOCO TO ART DECO
Tuition time 20hrs Private Study hours 25

  • Understand and complete designs for the following periods – Rococo, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau and 1920s and 1930s

  • General background

  • How and where flowers were used/symbolism

  • Typical settings

  • Overall characteristics of the period

  • Typical backgrounds

  • Colour

  • Containers

  • Suggested accessories

  • Plant material

    Places to see

  

128
FLOWERS FOR THE 20THCENTURY
Tuition time 20 hrs Private study hours 25

  • Understand and complete designs for the following periods – 1940s and 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

  • General background

  • How and where flowers were used

  • Typical settings

  • Overall characteristics and styles of the period

  • Typical backgrounds

  • Colour

  • Containers

  • Suggested accessories

  • Plant material

  • Places to see

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