AESME FLOWERS LONDON

 

FRENCH ROCOCO

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Rococo was a fanciful artistic movement and style fashionable in France and other parts of Europe during the 18th Century. As Louis XIV’s long reign came to an end in France, a change in the court artists and general aesthetic signalled the beginning of a fresh, more lighthearted, and graceful approach to the Baroque that continued to develop throughout the reign of Louis XV.

The style of the Rococo artists and architects maintained the opulence of the Baroque era with its intricacy and use of complex patterns but abandoned the elaborate symmetry and rigidity in favour of playful uses of pale colours, soft curves, asymmetric designs and gilding. Decorative shell motifs often appear in Rococo designs as well as Chinese figures and pagodas showing the influence of chinoiserie, and liberal uses of gold and light, pastel colours.

 
Soft tones of pastel blue, apricot and blush | François-Hubert Drouais 'Portrait of an Elegant Lady'

Soft tones of pastel blue, apricot and blush | François-Hubert Drouais 'Portrait of an Elegant Lady'

 

DETAILS

 

Class price £275 inclusive of VAT, a light, seasonal lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Places are limited, we keep our classes intimate so that every student can benefit from individual attention. To book a place please click here.

This class will be held at our flower studio in Shepherd's Bush, West London from 10 am to 3 pm. All materials and snips are provided. You are welcome to take home a selection of flowers after the class.

We finish each class by demonstrating how to style the finished piece for an atmospheric series of photographs, and send high quality digital images through to each student after the class. Students are encouraged to bring along their camera too - classes provide a great opportunity to practise photographing flowers for portfolios and social media, and to document an arrangement taking shape.

Previous classes and student work can be seen here.

 

 
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CLASS STRUCTURE

 

In this group class, students will learn how to create a Rococo-inspired centrepiece arrangement using a variety of exquisite seasonal materials: peonies, bearded iris, ranunculus, allium, aquilegia, foxgloves and the first roses of the year.

Working in low golden vessels, we will demonstrate how to create an asymmetric composition using the chicken wire technique for structure, layering pale, sugary colours, natural shapes, curving stems and gestural flowers to evoke a sense of the Rococo. Once complete,  we will show how to style your centrepiece design for an artistic series of photographs using props such as swathes of rich silks and velvet, shells and coral.

Students will leave with the knowledge of basic floral techniques for building an arrangement, how to think about colour, scent and texture, and helpful tips on how to use a range of garden-grown materials to evoke the essence of a particular era, artistic style and season.

 
Soft, fragrant pink roses and sea shells. The name 'Rococo' was derived from the French "rocaille", used to describe the rock and shell work of the Versailles grottoes

Soft, fragrant pink roses and sea shells. The name 'Rococo' was derived from the French "rocaille", used to describe the rock and shell work of the Versailles grottoes

 
 

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