WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
Flower School Testimonials
‘Flowers whisper what words cannot say….’ (Anon.)
As someone who always had an interest in learning more about flower arranging, I registered for an evening class in Commercial Floristry with Michelle as tutor. I knew that it would prove to be challenging at times, but nothing ever worthwhile is easy and from our first class, Michelle was very reassuring and passionate about encouraging each individual to ‘bloom’ and be at ease. Over the weeks and months, Michelle demonstrated, explained and inspired each of us. We learned about the industry and became acutely aware of the importance of the standards and quality expected, which reflected the ethos of Michelle and her own floral design studio. By studying and practicing floral structures and mechanics, we discovered our own talents for constructing bouquets and arrangements that reflected our personalities and unique gifts of creativity. At the end of the course I had completed a portfolio of each of my floral designs, plus a number of other designs and creations I made in my own time. I am amazed by how much I learned and created. I am extremely grateful to Michelle; she always came to each individual in the class, gave positive feedback and explained learning outcomes in a constructive way. For me personally, the creation of each arrangement provided me with a therapeutic two hours each Tuesday, I could work with flowers, beautiful in themselves, but by combining them in a specific way, becomes a living piece of art which ‘whisper s what words cannot say…’- The privilege of every florist. I now have the basics, so that I could present my portfolio to a potential employer or I can use the skills to create beautiful pieces to bring a smile to me or to whoever receives it.
Martina H. ‘FETAC FLORISTRY’, 2015/16.
Just to say how much I enjoyed Floristry Class with Michelle. I went from being “terrified” to being confident and adventurous! Michelle is truly a wonderful teacher. The format of instruction and demonstration was so professional. There was great comradeship in the class and we learned and were inspired from each other. I gained skills and insights which I enjoy and treasure. Thank you Michelle.
Joan F. ‘FETAC FLORISTRY’, 2015/16.
I completed a flower night class with Michelle O’Keeffe in St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton. I found this class really enjoyable. Every week we did a different style of arrangement. The whole process was made very easy with Michelle bringing everything we needed, and she guided us step by step on how to complete our arrangements, but at the same time encouraging us to put our own flair on it so no two arrangements looked the same. I was a complete novice but that didn’t matter if you were an improver you still fitted in the class as she encouraged you to push yourself that bit more. I wish Michelle all the best with her classes and I hope to return to do another term of classes in the future.
Phyllis M. ‘ FAB FLOWERS’, 2016.