You were unable to swim at all. But you wanted to learn how to swim. You had decided to learn swimming on the internet and you got lots of information about how to swim. You must have got lots of theoretical and conceptual information from internet. After that you went to a local swimming pool and tried to swim. The result was miserable. You could not swim at all. Why ? Because you did not practice in the water. You learned only theory and concept on the internet. You lacked practice in the water which must be the reason why you could not swim. Therefore you started to practice swimming in the pool by remembering what you “learned” on the internet. You struggled to swimm. You tried almost everyday. The result was still not good at all. Why ? You did not have anybody who gave you advice, suggestion or instructions. The ideal way is (1) you learned theory. (2) You found a good instructor. Then (3) You began to swim in the swimming pool by way of getting instructions and advices from your instructor. Namely, when you learn something which requires skills or techniques, it is mandatory for you to apply the theory (you learned probably from internet or at a classroom) to actual techniques through actual practice.
Sorry for spending time for swimming although the theme here is Flower Arrangement Class. Learning floral designs or flower arrangement MAY be in the same boat as learning how to swim or how to dance or how to drive. The bottom line is you need practice in addition to learning theory and concept. At the moment, due to the remarkable progress of internet technology, we can find lots of online educdation programs or internet courses. I am pretty sure these educational programs greatly contribute to people who are enthusiastic for learning at school but they live in the location far from classrooms or schools. And those students must be beneficiaries of online educations deriving from internet technologies. Such distance learning system must be pretty effective and useful especially for subjects and themes which are conceptual matters such as psychology, philosophy or literature whatsoever.
However when it comes to subjects which require practice and techniques such as orthopedic surgery, dental treatment, carpenter job, driving, swimming or dancing whatsoever, only internet education may not be enough. If those students (who learned on the internet course) can have “after-sales services”, the situation must be much better. Namely if they have opportunities of applying theory, concept and knowledge (earned from internet) to actual techniques and skills, they could get even better results. Floral Design COULD fall in this kind of group which does require actual practice and skills/techniques to perform a job. We sometimes hear the story about a person who “learned” floral dsigns on the internet. She is good at theory but not good at all when it comes to actual arrangement of flowers. The reason behind this situation MUST be that she is lacking opportunites of doing practice. We also hear the silimar story about a person who took lessons of flower arrangement at a community college offering classes based on mass production large scale class system where one teacher must take care of 20 to 30 students per class (Therefore it is pretty difficult for students to have hands on training from a teacher or instructor. No matter whether the instructor is experienced or capable, taking care of so many students for practical training must be very difficult). Despite she learned theory about how to design flowers, color combination, names of flowers and also the function of various elements/portion of flower materials, she is not so good at actual floral arranging. Why ? The reason MUST be she is lacking practices. The bottom line is above mentioned people must have opportunities of applying the theory (which they got from the education on the internet or community college) to actual techniques and skills of making floral decorations.
They should make the best use of theory, concept and knowledge which they acquired through the internet education or college lectures. In order to do a nice job, it is pretty important to satisfy both requirements. Namely theory and practice (practical skills and techniques). It is ideal for students to have instructors when learning lessons of not only theory but also techniques. Especially when it comes to practicing, it is better to have a well experienced instructor who can provide instructions, directions, advices and suggestions to improve and enhance students’ techniques. California Flower Art Academy offers high quality yet affordable programs and courses necessary for a variety of floral arrangements from wedding to funeral decorations, beginner to professional courses, fresh to dried/silk flower arrangements, European floral design to Japanese Ikebana arrangement AND one day seminar to official courses. Students can make a choice of his/her most favorite program depending upon his/her needs and taste. We spend most of the time for students making practice of actual floral designs by way of hands on training of person to person instructions (close to semi-private lessons) limiting number of students up to six (6) per class (typically only 3 to 4 students per class) whereby we can implement ONE ON ONE educdation and keep the quality of lessons.
California Flower Art Academy is authorized by Flower Decorators Association which is one of the best established and prestigious floral associations in Japan. We offer classes on weekdays and also on the weekend. Daytime and evening lessons are offered to support busy people.You can strat from Introductory Trial Budget Program for only $69 or Table Arrangement Program (one day lesson) for only $150. If you live in Greater San Francisco (Bay Area and Peninsula including Burlingame in San Mateo County) or Silicon Valley (South and East Bay including Mountain View, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Saratoga etc)., you can easily commute to and from a school. If you are interested in joining our school, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website http://www.california-academy.com We help you make a difference in floral art.