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Flower Arranging Workshop

Course Code:PL1408A


An interesting and fun day workshop to explore the structure of formal arrangements and making comparisons to the stylised continental arrangements.

What the course is about

During this course you will receive both group and individual support to help you learn more about making flower arrangements.

You will be shown how to design and then make two arrangements, as simple or as complicated as you feel the arrangement needs to be, to represent the formal and the continental style. If you have any accessories or a container that you would like to include in the design, please bring them along.

This course aims to introduce you to some basic floristry techniques that are required to create these designs. After learning these floristry skills, you will be able to build and develop more advanced floral designs which you can then share to impress your family and friends.

All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and writing, and you will work using these elements throughout the course.

Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people.

Making something beautiful for yourself, or someone you love is always a good experience, hopefully leaving you feeling more relaxed and with a new skill to use in a hobby or when at home and need an outlet for creativity.

Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience.

This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.

Pre-course information session or interview

This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced learners and no prior knowledge is necessary. Scissors, tape and wires will be provided. If you have your own, please do bring them along.

You will be expected to bring your own materials.

You should not wear open toed shoes in the classroom, for your own safety. You may wear an apron to protect your clothing.

If you suffer from known allergies to flowers or foliage, we advise you to bring protective gloves.

Please make some time to read the materials section of this form.

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will assess your progress as the class progresses. You will also be expected to ascertain your own progress. We will share a progress chart and look at what knowledge and skills you have developed over the day and look at what impact this will have on your life.

There is no exam or qualification on this one-day workshop.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This course is for anybody who has ever thought ‘I could do that’, or ‘I wish I could do that’ when faced with a beautiful flower display.

The skills you learn or have refreshed today, will mean that you can volunteer for working parties to decorate churches or places of worship for special occasions, join in with neighbours and friends for competitions, flower shows, and make your own gift when you are stuck for an idea.

Materials and costs

You will need a notebook and pen.

You will need to bring some materials to the course, and it would be useful to bring a bag or box in which to take your arrangements home. If you have a couple of low containers that you would like to bring, please do, but not anything too precious. Vases and containers both large and small can be purchased inexpensively at charity shops, table-top sales, on eBay and car boot sales.

It does not need to be fancy- a simple take away meal container will do, but make sure you bring some pebbles to weigh it down.

Please bring along suitable foliage for both designs, larger leaved and smaller filler material. You will also need about 9 medium-to-large headed blooms and 7 smaller headed blooms, in total, for both arrangements.

Chrysanthemums, roses, gerberas, germinis, phlox, delphiniums, sweet williams, carnations, pinks, alstroemeria, lisianthus, these all last well and can be found in supermarkets, market stalls and florists. Choose colours you are happy to work with.

Some foliage will be available, but you are responsible for sourcing your own materials.

Next Step

Further courses and workshops in Flower Arranging with Skills & Learning will be available and you can sign up to one of these, or there may be other courses by other providers.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible

Places on courses: some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at Centres: parking at centres may be limited, please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website  mso-border-alt:none windowtext 0cm;padding:0cm">

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website  mso-border-alt:none windowtext 0cm;padding:0cm">

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Course Details

Start Date19 February 2022

LocationDorchester Library and Learning Centre, Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE


Time10:30 - 15:30

Duration1 week

SubjectArts and Crafts


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £33. Concessions £17.


How do I enrol?

Course fully booked

Unfortunately, this course is full. However, please call us on 01202 123444 or email [email protected] to be added to a waiting list or ask about other options.

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