Class 1

Tomas De Bruyne Master Floral Design Course

What is the School program?

A very practical-orientated 2 year course focusing on all required skills and creativity needed in the flower business.

We know that an effective certification program is a step by step process which takes time. Starting from the basic skills, techniques and knowledge we go during the two years program step by step to the level where passion and emotion brings creativity.

The program was formulated to be a very thorough study which we feel will boost your passion to create a real change in your design ability.

How do we achieve this?

The program will expose student designers to multitude of creative opportunities to use flowers for various occasions. They will be introduced to new design styles, shapes, color combinations, techniques, new materials and new ways of using materials.

This educational program will teach students to look at flowers closely to discover the differences in their personalities, emotions and possibilities, and learn to use them at their full potential.

Emotion and functionality need to be combined with good skills and knowledge of our products to be competitive in our field. More competent and qualified the florist, better she/he is able to lead trends in their environment

Why Contemporary design?

Floral design is the art of transforming emotions into an arrangement. It is a combination of craftsmanship, knowledge of materials and styling that results in a work of art, appealing to the imagination. Feelings of admiration, amazement and happiness.

People are getting quite demanding in their search for an ideal world, where instant gratification is an important factor. The “here and now” is becoming increasingly important. The role of flowers is changing. With flowers we spontaneously express our everyday feelings and emotions.

We are not just looking for flowers but for self-expression, joy for life, for inspiration and at the same time we want to show more daring behaviour, we want to push our boundaries. This means that the approach towards flowers has to be reviewed and be tackled in an innovative way. Increasingly, it is the floral designer’s challenge to seduce with his work. This can be done by contemporary creations, surprising marketing ideas, and innovative retail concepts with more “theatre” each with their own accents.

Self-practicum for students


—     Self-study to know the Latin / common names of flowers / plants
—     How to treat flowers
—     Availability in season (seasonal design, respect flowers, etc.)
—     Get to know more about individuality and physical potential flowers


Self-practicum part I: 150 fiches nomenclature cut flowers / plants
Self-practicum part II: 150 extra fiches nomenclature cut flowers / plants


Course 1.

Date: 18–21 January 2012

Elements and Principals of Design part I
Introduction on floristry: material (natural / non-natural) – expression
Design plan consideration: symmetric/asymmetric
Arrangement classification: decorative versus vegetative (close/open)
All in reference to Nature’s Design – inspired by Mother Nature

Start assignment: self-practicum I (nomenclature flowers / plants 100)

Day 1-4: school

Course 2

Date: 2125 February 2012

Elements and Principals of Design part II
Design plan consideration:
— Proportion
— Structural and shape expressions
— Mechanics (natural and non-natural)

Day 1-4: school

Course 3

Date: 2731 March 2012

2 or 3 dimensional designs
Positioning and numbering growth/focal point(s)
Implementation of form concepts
Hand-tied bouquets: shapes, functions, techniques
— Classification
— Analyzing
— defining its methodology

Day 1-4: school

Course 4

Date: 2428 April 2012

Color related to design principals
Implementation on form principels
— Natural
— Manipulated
Implementation on basic forms (garlands, wreath, volumes …)

Day 1-4: school

Course 5

Date: 2226 May 2012

Structure / construction: Shapes and techniques
Natural flower supports (Alternative techniques given from nature)

Day 1-4: school

Course 6

Date: 2429 August 2012

How to create tension, emotions & gestalts (gehalte) in our designs
Rhythm (visual/physical movement with color, texture, lines …)
Unity (Coherence of the whole, Harmony)
Emphasis (focal area) – contrast expression
Implementation form motion to e-motion
Sympathy flowers: shapes, functions, techniques
— Classification
— Analyzing
— defining its methodology

Day 1-4: school

Course 7

Date: 2327 October 2012

Table arrangements: shapes, functions, techniques – applications
— Classification
— Analyzing
— defining its methodology

Day 1-2: school / day 3: school / day 4: school

Course 8

Date: 4–9 December 2012 (The course 8 will coincide with the course 9!)

Christmas flowers with a focus on:
— Current 4 different trends (defining)
— Emotional design
— Commercial input
— Styling and displaying

Test self-practicum part I

Day 1-4: school

Course 9

Date: 4–9 December 2012

Decoration for big events and interior
— Design versus architecture
— Drawings
— Calculation
Conceptual designing

Assignment self-practicum part II

Day 1: school / day 2: location & school / day 3: deco on location / day 4: school


Course 10

Date: January 2013

Guest teacher
— business management

Day 1-4: school

Course 11

Date: February 2013

Wedding flowers: shapes, functions, techniques – applications
— Classification
— Analyzing
— Bridal fashion terms
— defining its methodology

Day 1-2: school / day 3: location / day 4: school

Course 12

Date: March 2013

Insight into various Art Form & How to be inspired by them
Visiting Museum and analysis painting by shape, color, emotion in order for floral translation.

Day 1: school / day 2: museum / day 3-4: school

Course 13

Date: April 2013

The art of design
1. Design through nature – Creating botanical design (stem, leave, bud, blossom, root)
— Study biotopes who inspires our creativity
— Plant compositions – applications
— Wreath designs – applications
2. Design for nature
— Product development (vases, containers, platter)
— sample applications
— Materials / textures / shapes
— Commercial versus artistic

Day 1-4: school

Course 14

Date: May 2013

Other floral cultures around the world (ikebana, American style, European style, etc.)
— Influences
— Techniques
— Floral history
Mass design versus minimalism (pruning)

Assignment for students final graduation
Day 1-4: school

Course 15

Date: September 2013

Shop management
Competitions and judging

Day 1-4: school

Course 16

Date: October 2013

— Classification
— Analyzing
— Defining its methodology

Day 1-4: on location in nature

Course 17

Date: November 2013

Preparation of final graduation
— Exposition students
— Demonstration students

Individual guidance/coaching and support by Tomas De Bruyne

Test self-practicum part II
Day 1-4: school

Course 18 (final)

Date: December 2013


— individual expositions students  in Moscow
— demonstration students / teacher(s)


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Araik Galstyan


10 Vozdvizhenka str, Moscow
Tel: +7 495 651 60 60

ARAIK GALSTYAN Moscow International School of Floral Design