Friday, April 11, 2008

Flowers and More at IUPUI

IUPUI's summer community education calendar is out, and there are lots of fun classes to consider. Topics include art, jewelry, fitness, interior design, flower-arranging and photography. Here are a few I might take:
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement: A Cultural Review (6:30-8:30 p.m., three Thursdays, July 31-Aug. 14; $89)
  • Container Gardening Workshop (6 p.m., Tuesday, May 6; $24)
  • Ballet and Tummy Toning for Beginners (6-7 p.m., six Mondays, July 14-Aug. 18; $79)

IUPUI is also a great choice if you're interested in flower arranging. I'm almost finished with the school's home and garden certificate program, having taken beginning and intermediate flower arranging and beginning and intermediate wedding flowers. I start the advanced flower arranging class next week, and I will feel a bit lost when it's over. Going to class and playing with flowers once a week has been a welcome mini-retreat.

If you're interested, start with "Fundamentals of Flower Arranging," which meets on five Mondays in June. (Cost is $119, plus a $75 materials fee.) Instructor Sara Thompson, who handles weddings for McNamara, is a great teacher, and she uses her wholesale discount to get wonderful flowers for the class. She creates a friendly, collaborative atmosphere but also provides thoughtful critiques.


Unknown said...

The container gardening class sounds fun. I still can't believe you've taken so many flower arranging classes, but then again I took four sessions of cake decorating, so who am I to judge?

Anonymous said...

Know this was written a while back, but I'm thinking of taking the beginning then intermediate courses this summer. Hope my experience is as positive as yours sounded.