Design Directions

In each of five different design tasks we explore different ways of directing proportions.

As well as working with different ways of directing proportions, we also use each task as an opportunity to explore a different particular design style, which provides some cues as to how we approach the task.

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Advanced Directions

Stretch your design skills by putting a spotlight on combinations of principles that aren't frequently encountered.

Focusing on specific combinations of principles for each task, we create clear direction for working, allowing you to create within common parameters for the benefit of shared learning – gaining better understanding by reviewing a range of submitted work for each task.

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Design Solutions

Constrain your material choices and narrow your focus on the elements and principles of design.

Apply your design knowledge to create more impact with fewer varieties of plant materials.

Find answers during the creative process - by thinking more deeply about design.

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Festive Thinking

(Designer)

Join Mark as he creates two unique floral designs for this Christmas. Create your own interpretation, referring to the included instructional video and accompanying eBooks.

Put your own spin on Mark's designs and gain valuable feedback in an online review of your design.

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Festive Thinking

(Audience)

Join Mark as he creates two unique floral designs for this Christmas. Use the video and the eBooks to guide your own interpretation.

Join in an online review of submitted designs and learn from the feedback given to the designers on how to improve their designs.

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Designing to Win

(Designer)

Learn how to maximise your success in competitions, from seasoned Competitor, Teacher, Judge and Student of Floral Design, Mark Pampling.

Work to a schedule and obtain insights and feedback normally only attainable through actually competing.

Desgner places in this current Designing to Win are sold out. However, you can still participate as an Audience member.

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Designing to Win

(Audience)

Participate in the Designing to Win program as part of the Audience. See all the designs and share the learnings of the designers as they grow their competitive edge.

The comprehensive learning package includes two educational videos, three eBooks and two live forums. You can join the program at any time and take in all the material at your own pace.

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One Container, Five Elements

Take a single container of your own free choice and create five compositions with it.

Each of your creations places a spotlight on one of the five elements. With each new design you examine the relationship between your container and the specific element being explored in that exercise.

You become a better designer by analysing your work in terms of the principles of design and applying critical thinking to your design process.

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Our courses are designed for floral artists, arrangers, designers and florists who want to build on their design skills through a structured approach to the principles and elements of design.

  • Each assignment was clearly defined and the feedback provided on everyone's work was clear with exciting suggestions made by Mark on how to improve the design or how it could be developed to become a showstopper. Everyone was encouraged to work freely on their own design ideas and supported through the process.

  • Having access to both written feedback and the recording of the call ensures that everyone can connect and learn. I can't wait to work out which course I should join next.

  • Having completed the one container five elements course I would highly recommend this type of online learning to others. I really enjoyed the assignments and it was great to have something specific to work on.

  • Over the years I have also been able to attend a number of Mark’s workshops - every one of them was fantastic - learning outcomes with passionate teachers make all the difference!


    - Linda

  • This has been a challenging, creative and thought provoking exploration of design principles.

    - Judith

  • I'm just amazed at how able you are to in a very positive way, give criticism, it's fantastic. You really have a skill there of not making people feel inadequate and yet you do make all the points that are important.

    - Celėste

Small Class Sizes

Our flagship courses - Design Directions, Advanced Directions, Design Solutions and One Container, Five Elements - are limited to a maximum of twelve participants each. This enables us to take the time to support each participant in their learning through detailed discussion of their work, with comprehensive illustrated notes.

2023/2024

Course Timetables

Design DIrections - March-July 2024

2024

Online Introduction

Meeting #1 - Monday 25 March 2024, 6:00pm

Subsequent Online Discussions

Meeting #2 - Monday 8 April 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #1 - Parallel Design

Meeting #3 - Monday 29 April 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #2 - Formal Linear Design

Meeting #4 - Monday 20 May 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #3 - Low Design

Meeting #5 - Monday 17 June 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #4 - Leaning Design

Meeting #6 - Monday 8 July 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #5 - Long Design

2025

Course dates for 2025 are yet to be announced.

Times

All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

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If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in Design Directions, you can register your interest here.

Advanced Directions July-October 2024

2024

Online Introduction

Meeting #1 - Monday 22 July 2024, 6:00pm

  • Introduction

Subsequent Online Discussions

Meeting #2 - Monday 5 August 2024, 6:00pm

  • Symmetrical Silhouette Design

Meeting #3 - Monday 26 August 2024, 6:00pm

  • Overlapping Formal-Linear Designs

Meeting #4 - Monday 16 September 2024, 6:00pm

  • Shallow Depth Designs

Meeting #5 - Monday 14 October 2024, 6:00pm

  • Suspended or Hanging Designs
2025

Course dates for 2025 are yet to be announced.

Times

All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time  at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

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If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in Advanced Directions, you can register your interest here.

Design Solutions - June-September 2024

2024

Online Introduction

Meeting #1 - Wednesday 19 June 2024, 6:00pm

Subsequent Online Discussions

Meeting #2 - Wednesday 10 July 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #1 - An Arrangement

Meeting #3 - Wednesday 31 July 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #1 - Bridal Design

Meeting #4 - Wednesday 28 August 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #3 - Wreath Design

Meeting #5 - Wednesday 25 September 2024, 6:00pm

  • Task #4 - Overlapping Design

2025

Course dates for 2025 are yet to be announced.

Times

All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time  at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

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 If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in Design Solutions, you can register your interest here.

Festive Thinking - November-December 2023

2023

Thursday 21 November 2023

  • eBooks and instructional videos released

Saturday 9 December 2023

  • Design Submission Due

Tuesday 12 December 2023

  • Live Design Forum

Thursday 14 December 2023

  • Meeting notes and video released

2024

Course dates for 2024 are yet to be announced.

Times

All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time  at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

Stay Updated

 If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in Festive Thinking, you can register your interest here.

    Designing to Win - January-March 2024

    2024

    Tuesday 16 January

    • eBooks and instructional videos released

    Friday 2 February

    • Submission #1 Due

    Tuesday 6 February

    • First live design discussion

    Thursday 8 February

    • Meeting notes and video released

    Friday 1 March

    • Submission #2 Due (Designers)

    Tuesday 5 March

    • Live design discussion

    Thursday 7 March

    • Meeting notes and video released

    Monday 11 March

    Join now and get immediate access to all the program so far, and the live design forum, videos and eBooks.

     

    2025

    Course dates for 2025 are yet to be announced.

    Times

    All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time  at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

    Stay Updated

    If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in Designing to Win, you can register your interest here.

      One Container, Five Elements - February-May 2024

      2024

      Online Introduction

      Meeting #1 - Thursday 1 February 2024, 6:00pm

      Subsequent Online Discussions

      Meeting #2 - Thursday 22 February 2024, 6:00pm

      • Task #1 - Line

      Meeting #3 - Thursday 21 March 2024, 6:00pm

      • Task #2 - Colour

      Meeting #4 - Thursday 11 April 2024, 6:00pm

      • Task #3 - Texture

      Meeting #5 - Thursday 2 May 2024, 6:00pm

      • Task #4 - Form

      Meeting #6 - Thursday 23 May 2024, 6:00pm

      • Task #5 - Space

      2025

      Course dates for 2025 are yet to be announced.

      Times

      All times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT - Sydney). You can compare your local time zone to Sydney time  at flowerthinking.com/worldtime.

      Stay Updated

      If you'd like us to update you on new course dates and other developments in One Container, Five Elements, you can register your interest here.

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      Amazing ideas. Thank you.

      Designing to Win Uncommon Threads

      Designing to Win Uncommon Threads. The course provided the unusual opportunity to respond to a competition brief not once but twice. Using Mark’s detailed ebook as a guide to interpreting a marking scheme and competition brief. All participants produced a design. In a group forum we all received Mark’s insights and expert analysis, including advice on improvements and modifications. Producing a second design with this feedback. Mark held a second forum discussing the second design interpretation from the feedback given. Such a study in floral design and self improvement. Flower Thinking and Mark provide designers to tools to make considered choices in floral designing. I look forward to the next course and learning journey.

      Building confidence

      Love this book.

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      Designing to Win (Audience)
      Marleen Pratt OAM
      Uncommon Threads

      I enjoyed the critiqued detail of the 1st design presented by participants in the theme Uncommon Threads. 2nd design was changed to improve its presentation to fill the brief of an opening Event for a fashion boutique.

      "Designing to win" is a winner

      The intriguing theme,"Uncommon threads", captured my attention and thinking. I initially thought this short course,"Designing to win", would be too challenging. I found that it was actually comprehensive, well organized and structured, and rewarding eventually. This course was about understanding the rules and schedule of a competition. It was about learning how to evaluate one's design for a competition against an essential list of marking criteria for judging. Mark conducted two virtual discussion forums fluently, meticulously and constructively by giving clear analysis with concise explanations. He posed questions and made suggestions on each participant's design in #1 submission. The task of improving/adjusting/changing in order to achieve a better outcome became the necessary challenge for #2 submission.
      The learnings from all the other submissions was just as important as those of mine. After having completed this course, I gained a better understanding of the entire process of designing to win and the crucial decision making that hinged on the points/marks for judging. The "wow factor" which can contribute to winning can be achieved by more critical evaluation of a design. Learning to be a better designer is always my aim in participating in Mark's courses. I truly felt that I achieved it and it was a likely "win" for me. The instructional eBooks and video tutorials on competitions were valuable bonuses given after completion of the course.

      Thank you, Mark, for this great opportunity to learn from you.

      Designing to win uncommon threads

      Excellent course, I learnt a lot just need to put it into practice now.😊

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      Designing to Win (Designer)
      Fiona Leman Leman
      I thought it was a good title with lots of scope for interpretation.

      I thought it was a great course! I learnt a lot from the in depth evaluations of each design, and I think the true value of the course can be seen in the huge improvements of all the submitted designs. Thank you Mark.

      Floral Competition Essentials

      Very informative,

      One Container, Five Elements expanded my design processes and choices. Analysing the container and looking for a link to each of the five elements. Focusing on one element was a disciplined journey, one that became more complex the further I travelled along the path, albeit a rewarding journey. On reflection it allowed me to consider my choices and to give each element of design a voice in my arrangements. I likened it to a choir where one voice may lead but if the supporting harmonies are not in pitch the whole auditory experience is not quite right. I found myself falling to my favourite elements and constantly self-evaluating to see what was often needed, often editing rather than adding. During the group feedback sessions, I gained new eyes not only on my own work but that of my peers. Such a rewarding experience.

      I am thrilled to have found Designing to Win classes. Mark is an excellent teacher, looking at the work from both a competitor's and evaluator's point of view. I learned so much watching his thorough critiquing of each design and suggestions on improvements. I would love to try this as a competitor next time. A great educational experience!

      Each task or assignment for this course pushes you to think more about placement of components in order to ensure that the elements and principles of design are used to create a harmonious result. Mark encourages creativity by providing examples before leaving you to work in your own way, this is incredibly stimulating. All feedback provided is done in a positive way which encourages you to assess your own work better each time - however I still manage to repeat some of the same faults over and again ;) so plenty more to learn.

      Festive Thinking expanded my design process. Mark’s books and video explained the task clearly and with detailed instructions and examples. The feedback session was informative providing suggestions on improvement and self reflection on the design created. Mark’s detailed analysis gives insights into the application of the elements and principles of design. I enjoyed the course and look forward to the next Flower Thinking offering.

      This course is totally fabulous, taking one container and working with that in totally different ways with the focus on each of the Elements of design really make you think. Using the container as a starting point for inspiration but then pushing it on alternative ways is most refreshing. Mark's feedback and guidance throughout is so clear and well thought out and is delivered both verbally and in writing. This course is a great opportunity to learn from a master... But it is also self lead in that you choose your own design and work to stretch yourself in what ever way you like. So good I am considering a second round using different container.

      That the Festive Thinking courses are extremely worthwhile, cost effective and so convenient to be able to watch the videos at home and then revue at one's leisure.

      The sickles are very versatile and can be used in many different ways, not only for a festive design. I liked the fact that a subtle Christmas feeling was encouraged for the designs in this forum.

      Festive Thinking provided an opportunity to work to a theme and then see just how totally different everyone's ideas are, when developing that theme. The feedback provided was clear and focused on improvement. It was also great to have certain design styles discussed - in particular the explanation of displacement from container was insightful.

      Enjoyed the challenge and learnt so much. Mark's ability to see what might be with a few subtle changes is amazing.

      A must if you are looking to improve your designing and challenge yourself to trying out new ideas.

      I really enjoyed the course and particularly found the critique process really helpful, as Mark carefully explained what worked well with the designs we had each produced and how they could potentially be improved further. At each stage, Mark explained how the design principles applied and helped me to develop my understanding of contemporary work.

      This was a fantastic class and I highly recommend it. Mark opened up my creativity and taught me to look at every element in different ways.

      This course has boosted my confidence and understanding of what is expected in good floral design. The practical, eloquent and positive feedback has been really valuable. Not only does Mark possess true natural flair and talent, but also comes with vast experience and above all, is an excellent teacher who is able to clearly share his understanding with his students.

      When we commenced the workshop I was quite surprised we would be working with one material and not much else. I was challenged throughout the process which resulted in a very beneficial outcome. Although I was challenged throughout the workshop, I also felt supported greatly with advice and tips from Mark. The opportunity was wonderful and i feel i have learnt so much from carrying out each exercise. Thank you Flower Thinking for this great opportunity to be challenged, to learn, to be supported and to be part of the #designdisciplineexperiment.

      Mark has a unique way of looking at design and he has brought that again with this Festive Thinking 2023 short course and tutorial. What I like about his courses are he gives you suggestions of useful techniques, detailed instructions and many examples of unique completed designs for inspiration. After you’ve submitted your design Mark reviews it and gives a detailed constructive analysis about the work. He indicates what works and what improvements or other possibilities to enhance the design. Always insightful and thought provoking. In addition to this, it is so good to see how other participants interpret the brief and the amazing designs they create. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the world of floral design. Highly recommended.

      Design Solutions saw a different approach where only two materials were to be used. This was challenging for me as I like to work with a variety of materials. Using my previous studies with Mark as a guide I chose beans and anthuriums. Using all parts of both plant materials. Including the seeds and leaves of the plants. A great experience it, pushed my creativity. I found a different perspective of the value of all parts of the plant.