Ockment Centre, Okehampton

Who is this course for?

This course is for all abilities. This is the perfect short course for you, if you would like to try out a variety of different floral designs for use at home, to give as a gift, or for use at a wedding. Choose from: an all-round table centrepiece, or a front facing reception design, or an asymmetrical arrangement for the cake table or a garland to decorate an entrance arch.

Course content

You will learn how to design floral arrangements. You will spend time exploring different floral design methods to suit different settings. You will explore the options for sourcing locally grown plants and flowers for future projects. You will use tools, sundries and accessories to condition fresh materials such as plants and flowers prior to use. Then create your own examples of floral designs to take home.

Support and feedback

You will receive lots of encouragement and skills guidance to support you during the course. You will receive feedback to help you to progress with your work.

Additional costs and requirements

Please bring a sketchbook and pencil. Feel free to bring images from magazines of floristry that inspires you (this is not essential, as some resources will be provided). Please bring along any plants, flowers and accessories you would especially like to include in your floral designs. Some foliage will be available and all tools and sundries will be provided.

This course is studio based. You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge, just an interest in Floristry.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With Deborah as your tutor, expect enthusiasm and passion for the subjects’ taught, in a calming, inclusive, fun and inspiring environment. You will have time to enjoy the creative process, learn new skills, improve your mental and physical wellbeing and gain motivation to progress and achieve your personal best.

Deborah graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and also achieved an MA Degree in Graphic Design, at Central Saint Martin’s. She has gained many unique experiences, collaborating with other artists and designers.

Deborah is from the West Country, where she runs her own Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture business. She is a practising artist, designer and gallery owner. She has exhibited and sold art work in the South West of England, Scotland and London.

She has recently won a Gold Award for Garden Design and has created Art and Design work for the BBC and MTV. She has also worked at the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Deborah has been interviewed on BBC Radio about her creative approach to teaching courses, where she passionately promotes the creative use and benefits of sustainable materials, especially plants. Her Sketch, Sculpt and Plant Walks are multi-sensory and interactive in the natural environment. Her work transcends the boundaries of genre and media: it’s thought-provoking work about the pressing concerns of the day and is often refreshingly humorous.

Deborah has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, from the University of London, Institute of Education, specialising in Art and Design. She is a qualified teacher of Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture. She has taught learners of all ages and abilities, for many years. She has been a Head of Art and Design. She teaches across Primary, Secondary, Alternative Provision, Adult and Community education.

Start date05 April 2019
End date05 April 2019
Start time09:30
End time16:00
Concessions not available