Amy Dunlap is a familiar name in the industry for those who are “looking for an extra touch of originality and style.” In addition to creating unique floral works of art for weddings and corporate events, she shares her passion and knowledge of all things floral with others through classes offered at the Winston-Salem Flower School, located in historic West End.
I recently took a class with Amy to try my hand at floral design. As a first-timer, I was not expecting to be wowed by my creation, but with her expertise and support, high-quality flowers and materials, tools, refreshments (and a little wine), I was pleasantly surprised at what emerged from my efforts. I am eager to return and up my game! Whether teaching one individual, a small group, or a large crowd, Amy offers instruction and insight into the art and aesthetics of flower arranging in a way that leaves class members begging for more.
Five Reasons You Should Sign Up for a Class
- A Fun, Creative Outing: Whether you are looking for a unique girls’ night out, workplace team building activity, mother-daughter memory making event, or a gift to yourself, floral design classes encourage students to get in touch with their creative side and experiment with mixing flowers and fashion.
- Keeping it Local. September 29, 10:00 am – noon.
This class will showcase flowers sourced from local growers to create a beautiful late summer centerpiece. Food and non-alcoholic beverages produced in Winston-Salem will be featured.
- Dutch-inspired Floral Design. November 13, 7:00-9:00pm
A discussion of design elements of the wild and luscious florals of still life paintings from the Golden Age precede the creation of a Dutch-inspired arrangement to take home.
- Learning the Technical Side of Floral Design:A wave of recent requests for Amy to share her design knowledge prompted a series of Methods and Mechanics These demonstration-only classes are perfect for those who want to a) create seasonal arrangements, b) fashion bouquets, flower crowns, etc. for weddings, c) make the most of flowers grown in a home garden, or d) have interest in a career in the floral industry.
- Holiday Floral Creations:The upcoming holidays provide the perfect time to
give floral design a try. Amy and her team of experts facilitate the process; making it a fun and enjoyable experience. Bring your own snacks and beverage to enjoy a time of socializing before or after the class.
- Natural Elements of Autumn.October 18, 7:00-9:00pm
Create an autumn centerpiece utilizing the natural elements of fall with both dried and live materials. This versatile arrangement can be recreated throughout the season.
- Custom Holiday Wreath.November 29, 10:00am-noon
This is the most popular workshop offered at the studio! After a brief demonstration to learn about design tips and tricks, students create their own holiday wreath.
- Couples Only: This change-of-pace date night class is characterized as high energy FUN! The workshop kicks off with small bites and a signature cocktail followed by floral design. Couples canwork together to fashion a single large floral arrangement or work individually on one-of-a-kind smaller floral designs.
- Floral Design at Area Venues: Amy and her staff are on the road more than ever. The slate of unique offerings at venues across the city are not to be missed.
- Summerfield Farms. September
This class will be taught in the beautiful Pole Barn, situated under stunning oak trees along the banks of a pond. With cuttings from their garden, it is the perfect spot for students to get creative with floral designs. Farm-to-table dinner, coupled with floral designs students create as the table decorations, round out this event.
- Muse at the Mill. October
Industrial exterior and rustic chic interior provide an exceptional setting for creative floral design classes. Everything a DIY bride needs to know to fashion her own floral arrangements.
Each class fee includes:
- Amy’s expertise
- Set up and take down
- Support staff
- Processing of flowers
- Required tools
- Winston-Salem Flower School apron
Nature provides the color palette…the design possibilities are endless.
Fees vary based on the event – the number of designs, number of arrangements, flower choices, etc. Morning and evening classes are offered and typically last two hours.
Winston-Salem Flower School is located at 418 West End Boulevard in Winston-Salem. To learn more about the school and explore the many, exciting class options, visit the website at wsflowerschool.com.