S E A S O N A L U R N &
S T I L L L I F E S T Y L I N G W O R K S H O P
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The beginning of autumn, season of the witch and the winemaker, of windfalls and toadstools.
With the change of season a spell-like sense of nostalgia is cast ~ the shift in weather brings morning fog, afternoon mists and bouts of dappled golden sunshine. It is one of the most beautiful, atmospheric times of the year in England ~ walking in the woods beneath leaves that range from gold to lime to burnt russet, picking sloe berries and rose-hips for preservation and enjoyment later in the winter. The watery shades of summer darken to smouldering jewel colours of emerald and garnet. Everywhere there are banks of delicate lilac-pink Japanese anemones and speckled hydrangea at the very peak of their loveliness.
U R N A R R A N G E M E N T S
This workshop will focus on the creation and styling of majestic urn arrangements powerfully evocative of the beginning of autumn. We will cover the mechanics of building large scale arrangements for weddings and events, including the use of chicken wire for structure; balance, scale and shape; colour theory and the selection of materials for their scent and texture.
Working in antique vessels, we will demonstrate the practical and design techniques we use when creating urns, which can also be applied to other forms of arrangement including centrepieces and mantle designs. Each student will select their own colour palette and materials, and will be guided through creating their design before styling each piece in a seasonal 'tableau' still life with candles and props.
C O L O U R S + M A T E R I A L S
Autumn is a magical time for foliage and branches, the leaves are turning and speckling and tall spires of summer flowers are going to seed. Texture and nuances of colour are rife in the garden. Students will be able to choose from an array of sumptuous materials including fruiting and berried branches; gleaming rosehips, blackberries and sloes; roses, zinnias and Japanese anemones; sweet peas, poppies and chocolate cosmos.
We will explore the building of a colour palette in tune with the change of season, pale neutrals accented with deep, rich jewel tones. Students will learn how to curate and capture an exquisite portfolio image, using complementary tones and key props to highlight the time of year.
P H O T O G R A P H Y + S T Y L I N G
Tableau - "a picturesque grouping of objects; a striking scene"
Understanding how to style, edit and capture seasonal arrangements is an essential part of showcasing your work. Using natural light and dramatic backdrops, we will show you how to style a compelling still life scene, enhanced by natural and complementary props such as seasonal fruit, textural seedpods and flickering candlelight.
Each student will have the opportunity to style and photograph their arrangement for use on website/social media and to think about the all-important final edit of a styled scene.
Workshop price £495 + VAT.
A delicious, light seasonal lunch and refreshments will be supplied on the day and all materials and snips are provided.
You are welcome to take away a selection of flowers after the workshop to enjoy at home.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera or iPhone for photographing their styled arrangements.
Places are limited to a maximum of six per workshop: we teach as a pair and keep our intensive workshops intimate so that every student can benefit from individual attention and two sets of expertise and advice.
To book a place, please click here.