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How to effectively learn floral arrangements ?

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If you are planning to learn floral arrangements in the near future, it is worthwhile to study how you should learn it effectively. You can study from various angles as described below:

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*Self-education or learn from instructors: Some people stick to self-education method for learning floral designs. Even if they have a good sense of art, as far as they have no sufficient experiences in floral arranging, it is strongly recommended to learn from a reliable instructor. The main reason behind sticking to self-education MAY be most probably minimizing the budget for learning. Although they MAY save money for a short term, from a view point of long run strategy, they can expect much more output by way of learning from a reliable instructor. The easiest way is to join a floral school where they can take lessons from a professional instructor.

*choice of floral school or instructor: Recently online education utilizing the internet system is popular. When it comes to earning a practical skill of flower arrangements, you had better take actual lessons at an actual classroom rather than depending on distance training. One of the biggest reasons behind this recommendation is that it is quite difficult to do hands on training through internet system. Another reason is students cannot expect real time advice for corrections from the instructor when students make mistakes or wrong way of floral arranging. It is recommended to find a school and instructor considering a couple of important points as mentioned below:

DO THEY OFFER HANDS ON TRAINING OF SMALL GROUP CLASS SYSTEM ?

DOES INSTRUCTOR HAVE SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE AS A FLORAL DESIGN INSTRUCTOR ?

DOES INSTRUCTOR HAVE OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION LICENSED BY A RELIABLE ORGANIZATION ?

*Frequency of taking lessons: How often should you take lessons ? In most cases, you will have no choice but to follow the lesson schedule provided by a school you belong to. Generally speaking it is recommended to take lessons consecutively. Namely if the situation allows, you should not have interval between lessons. The longer interval you have, the less effective it is. You MAY forget what you learned at your last lesson if you have interval between lessons. If you can make a choice of lesson schedule, you had better attend it with no interval or make the interval as short as possible.

*Sequence of taking courses: If you are allowed to join any level of course regardless of your skill and experience in floral arrangements, you MIGHT want to jump to a higher level of course without fully learning basic programs. Joining a higher level of program before earning fundamental skills often causes problems later on. Namely you MAY face difficult situation where you cannot understand or digest the curriculum of upper level of course only because you lack basic knowledge and fundamental skills. No matter whether you are free or not in the choice of programs, you should proceed to a higher level of program only after completing lower level program. You had better understand beforehand that jumping up to a high level course with no preparation of basic skills will not work out.

*Choice of a course: It is recommended to start from a beginner’s course to earn basic skills first of all. After completing a beginner’s course, you can proceed to the next level of course. Generally speaking in order to completely master floral arrangements, you had better proceed to a higher level of courses gradually rather than joining business oriented courses before completely mastering general floral designs. The most ideal way is joining business oriented course such as wedding and funeral related courses only after completing advanced course program learning general floral arrangements. From school to school the way of proceeding to a higher level of program is different. By explaining your purpose and goal for learning floral arrangement to a counsellor of your school, you should make a decision about which course you should start from and how to proceed from now on.

*Long term or quick training: Some students prefer long term learning to short term learning. If you do not attend classes constantly and it takes too long to complete a certain course OR to complete all necessary courses, you cannot digest the curriculum effectively. Ideally you should concentrate on attending classes consecutively without interval or with very short interval. The key is to success is you earn new skills and brushing up on your current skills before forgetting the skill you learned during a last lesson.

*Actual experience in the field: After completing all the curriculum, it is very important to have actual experiences of working as a floral designer at a floral shop. Some schools are often approached by a local florists to send a student who want to have actual work experiences as a trainee or intern. The reason why it is so important for students to have this kind of experience is they can learn so many things they did not learn at a school. Namely becoming familiar with the jobs behind the scene is very important for them to fairly evaluate their future job. When working for a small florist or running their own floral shop, they are obliged to have several hats to perform a multi-job task in addition to a floral designer. As far as they learn at a classroom, they cannot find “behind the scene” jobs necessary for running a floral shop.

California Flower Art Academy has been teaching a variety of floral designs from European arrangements to Japanese Ikebana AND wedding to funeral decorations since 1990 as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo Japan). From a WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS students can make a choice of their most favorite course by well considering their taste, budget and goal of learning floral decorations. If you are looking for a floral design school offering quality lessons with hands on training, California Flower Art Academy is recommended. You can start from Introductory Program for less than $100. For more information, feel free to contact info@california-academy.com

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