UPCOMING CLASSES

Flower Bar

In Person Class at Wollam Gardens (1hr 15m from DC)

Next class in August, date tbd

Think of this as time to experiment with shape and color. Make things, take them apart, make them again. This takes place at Wollam Gardens, a flower farm. Participants will work with a unique selection of stems from their seasonal flower bar.  I’ll do a brief arrangement demonstration and will be on site for any questions you might have. You’re welcome to explore the farm before and after arranging. 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Vessel (I prefers to work in a low shallow bowl at least 2.5” deep with a kenzan. If you’d like to arrange in a jar or a more traditional vase that’s fine too. Anything that holds water will work).
  • Shears
  • Kenzan / Flower Frog

Vessels and frogs can be purchased on site. If you plan to do this, it’s suggested that you arrive 20 minutes early to ensure there’s time purchase materials before the start of class.

Floral Form: A PRACTICE

This series has now ended. Fall dates will be released.
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Floral Form is an online guided flower practice, inspired by ikebana.  Each week, I’ll demonstrate a traditional ikebana style and you’ll then create a piece of your own. Part of the class will act as an open studio session to intuitively explore elements of form and color. Over four weeks you’ll get familiar with your personal style and develop design techniques to support that.

This class is constructed as a 4-week series and will be most valuable taken in full. However, if you’re looking to join for week or two to jump start your creativity, single session drop ins are welcome.

THE ART OF FLORAL ARRANGING

6 week online session via the Smithsonian

This class is sold out. Fall Session will be posted late summer


WORK WITH

US BOTANIC GARDEN – NATIONAL ARBORETUM – NPR – SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES

Reach out here or email Arrin at [email protected] with interest in scheduling a flower class for your community or workplace.


YOUR INSTRUCTOR
ARrin Sutliff

Interested in immersive floral installations, I began experimenting with flowers as a medium by means of a flower farm in Northern Virginia. The journey led to studying ikebana which can offer a minimal yet strong approach to design. In seeking flower knowledge I often find wonderful designers but few who can verbalize the techniques that make their work impactful. I’ve worked to build a vocabulary around flowers that translate to clear mechanics and techniques that help students achieve their desired outcome.

I hope students feel properly empowered at the end of class with the resources they needed to create freely. I have a regular flower practice and am continuously honing my craft.


Students

New and developing floral designers 
Gardeners who are curious about design
Artists exploring a new medium 
Friends and coworkers looking for a fun activity
Nature enthusiasts
Those looking for joy & nourishment

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