December 4-5, 2020

Advanced European Design

Floral Art, Sculpture + Finding Your Muse

Discover the Artist Within.

This course is a journey in self-discovery. Not in the traditional sense, but the floral sense. We’re going to spend two days working on you: the floral artist. This artist’s retreat is intended to reinspire lifelong floral artists, while helping new floral artists discover their voice and personal aesthetic. We’ll look at floral design as works of art, explore sculpture, take a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art in search of inspiration, discuss how to find your personal muse, and sketch out all our new and beautiful ideas.

Course Framework





Floral as an Artistic Medium

We’ll talk about creative expression through the art of floristry, how you can discover your own inner artist and how to bring that out through your designs.



Looking at floral as sculpture awakens our minds to new and unique design possibilities. We’ll discuss shape and form, waves and geometrics to keep in mind while creating our work. We will also learn how to take objects in everyday life and turn them into floral sculptures using new techniques.


Visit to the Dallas Museum of Art

We’ll tote our sketchpads to the Dallas Museum of Art, located in the nation’s largest arts district. Here we’ll seek inspiration by learning how to translate the beauty we see in the world to our own designs. Jenny will discuss how traditional art forms translate into floral design and we’ll sketch together in the massive atrium surrounded by the works of famous artists.


Finding Your Muse

After a weekend of creative inspiration, we’ll work on finding your muse. This fun exercise is meant to tap you into the natural world and allow you to feel a greater connection to your work. Your floral art will begin to feel like a natural extension of yourself and you’ll begin to feel creativity flow through you with ease.

Also Included

Photographer On-Site + Portfolio Access

Our professional photographer will be on-site during the second day of your visit to take group photos, candids, and individual shots of your work. After the class you’ll be granted access to a private album where you can download any images you’d like to include in your portfolio or on your social media. Don’t forget to #DRDInstitute #JennyTFloristry!


The best part about these on-site courses is the chance to meet other flower-lovers as passionate as you about the art. As Howard Schultz said “Success is best when it is shared.” We’ll learn together, succeed together, and enjoy the artistic talents of our classmates. Many of our attendees go on to develop friendships that last long after the classes have ended.


Jenny welcomes question and answer throughout each demonstration. It’s the perfect opportunity to spark a larger conversation, a deep dive into the topic, or an increased skill-building moment.


Meals will not be provided, but light breakfast bites and coffee will be provided in the morning, and other gourmet goodies and sips will be supplied throughout the day!

The Experience

These fabulous, floral-filled two-day intensive classes are taught by renowned floral artist, Jenny Thomasson, AIFD PFCI EMC. Classes are held at the DRD Institute of Floristry just outside of the design district in Dallas. The Institute is held inside the design center of Dallas’ premier high-end florist, Dr Delphinium Designs. Attendees will get to tour the facilities, meet the designers, see the cooler full of seasonal flowers flown in from all over the world daily. 

Your classes aren’t just a learning opportunity, they’re an experience. You’ll be provided bushel-fulls of flowers to inspire you, professional tools to work with, one-on-one instruction, and, in most classes, professional photography of the entire event. Photography will be provided to you upon completion of the class in the form of a virtual album where you can download any photos you like for your websites, blogs, social media, or personal portfolios.

About Jenny Thomasson

One of the top wedding and special event florists in her area the name ‘Stems’ has become widely known. In 2007 and 2012 through 2015, Stems received “The Knot Best of Weddings” award and in 2015 joined the “The Knot Hall of Fame.” Stems won the “Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award from 2010 to 2015”. Jenny was a member of the team that decorated the White House for Christmas 2014.

Jenny is very involved in the growth and promotion of the floral industry as a whole. Jenny was inducted as a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2011. During a year long process, 2015-2016, she studied and pursued the prestigious “EMC” title led by Tomas De Bruyne and Hitomi Gilliam. She also was awarded her commentator accreditation, Professional Floral Commentators – International (PFCI) in 2016.