Pratt Institute, one of the finest art and design schools in the United States, partners with the most highly-rated floral design school in New York City, FlowerSchool New York, to offer one-of-a-kind, fine art-inspired floral design program led by master florists. Past instructors include Taylor Patterson, Emily Thompson and Remco Van Vliet.
Explore topics in art, art history, interior design and fashion, all of which inform and inspire this certificate program intended for artists, design professionals and floral design enthusiasts.
Please contact 212.647.7199 to pay certificate fee.
Successful completion of all three courses, XGID-120, XGID-122, XGID- 124, totaling six hours of study.
PLEASE NOTE: All courses take place at FlowerSchool New York, 213 W 14th Street, New York, NY 10011. Between 7th and 8th Avenues.
COLOR THEORY IN ART AND FLORAL DESIGN
Vincent Van Gogh famously said “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well.” Explore a variety of color theories through the work of modern and contemporary artists and interpret them in floral compositions. Materials fee: $75. PLEASE NOTE: The materials fee is paid directly to FlowerSchool New York on the first day of the course.
TUESDAY | LEWIS MILLER
OCT 23 | 6:30–8:30
.3 CEUs | $395
SCULPTURAL FLORAL DESIGNS FOR CONTEMPORARY INTERIORS
Sleek Modernist furniture, contemporary art, and restrained interiors often demand a sculptural approach to floral design. In this course consider geometry, and 3-D design as you formulate floral designs for on trend interior designs. Materials fee: $75. PLEASE NOTE: The materials fee is paid directly to FlowerSchool New York on the first day of the course.
TUESDAY | TAYLOR PATTERSON
OCT 16 | 6:30–8:30 PM
.3 CEUs | $395
FLORAL DESIGN THROUGH THE EYES OF MASTER ARTISTS
Bella Meyer, the granddaughter of one of the most revered artists of the 20th century, Marc Chagall, is a well regarded artist in her own right. Her medium, however is not paint, but flowers, branches and foraged materials. In this class, Bella selects a famous artist and interpret the artist's work using florist's natural materials. Materials fee: $75. PLEASE NOTE: The materials fee is paid directly to FlowerSchool New York on the first day of the course.
TUESDAY | BELLA MEYER
OCT 9 | 6:30–8:30 PM
.3 CEU | $395
All floral design courses take place at FlowerSchool New York, 213 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Bella Meyer, Founder and Creative Director of Fleursbella, was born in Paris and grew up immersed in art and painting. After having attained a Ph.D. in Medieval Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris, she moved to New York where she focused on puppetry as well as creating theater costumes, props and masks. Over the years Bella incorporated flowers into her work, and in 2005 the studio was born. Flowers have always been close to Bella’s heart. Their unique ability to inspire people to smile, or to bring a moment’s peace, is important to her. Bella creates arrangements much in the way an artist paints, just as she had watched her grandfather, Marc Chagall, paint bouquets that brought joy to the world.
Celebrity floral designer Oscar Mora, of Oscar Mora Floral Art & Design, is most noted for his stylish integration of modern and classical design, which has graced the pages of top editorial magazines, adorned the runways of New York Fashion Week, and embellished top movie premieres.
Mora’s creations have been hailed as “exquisite” by top fashion designers such as Valentino and L’Wren Scott. Many celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Karl Lagerfeld, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and Marc Jacobs have received his customized floral creations. He has recently become a regular guest on the Martha Stewart Show, sharing his unique designs and expertise with millions of viewers.
Oscar Mora is highly regarded as an expert in tropical floral design. Born and raised in Caracas, he received his degree in Interior Design from the Academy of Las Mercedes in Caracas, Venezuela.
Mora’s artistic vision allows him to capture the remarkable and transform each event into a fresh, colorful, tangible creation guided by the intention and feelings of the occasion for a perfect fusion of art and nature.
Raised in Brandywine Valley, Delaware, founder and creative director Taylor Patterson, drew on her own childhood home and memories to instill the company with the sense of nostalgia it aims to capture in all of its endeavors, beginning with the company’s namesake. Taylor’s mother originally thought up the name for their family’s farm in Delaware. They raised chickens, the foxes ate them, it seemed appropriate. Although Taylor doesn’t know if it’s necessarily well suited for a floral company, the name is synonymous to a sense of home and welcoming, and that is one of the things we are ultimately aiming to capture at Fox Fodder Farm. "There is definitely a certain level of sentimentality that I push for in our work, that sense of nostalgia for a time or place."
Named "One of Six Florists to Keep on Call" by Vogue Magazine as well as a Top Floral Designer by Martha Stewart, Fox Fodder Farm's work has been featured in numerous publications.
Remco Van Vliet, co-founder of Van Vliet & Trap, is a third generation florist. Before coming to the U.S., Van Vliet worked for his father’s event design company providing designs for clients throughout Europe including the Dutch Royal Family.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, a country with a great flower culture, Van Vliet is deeply knowledgeable about the growing and arranging of flowers. His lectures on Van Gogh’s paintings of flowers have attracted sold out audiences at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and other prestigious venues around the world. Van Vliet studied art history and graphic design in the Netherlands, a background which he draws upon to inform his event designs.
For six years, Van Vliet worked closely with Chris Giftos, the well-known event pioneer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and subsequently become his successor. Along with being the decorator for in-house events, Van Vliet creates the stunning colossal urn arrangements and the bouquets in the Great Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art every week.
Image: Oscar Mora, courtesy of FlowerSchool NY.