Thursday, November 5, 2009

Artistic Schedule Preview

For the 2010 Artistic Division early registration,
call Shannah Cooper at (804) 693-5552.
For more specific definitions on styles of floral arrangements, go HERE.

Class 231 - CLASS FULL - FLAMINGOS: Did you know? Flamingos can rest half of their body at one time by standing on one leg.Create an abstract arrangement that portrays this whimsical pink silhouette. Flowers and foliage used only for their boldness of form, color, texture or line. Material may be manipulated by bending, stripping, knotting or tying and may be placed upside down, sideways, hanging, and/or from many different openings. Simplicity is essential.

Class 232 - CLASS FULL - BALD EAGLES: Did you know? The largest bald eagle nest on record was 9.5 feet wide and 20 feet high and weighed more than two tons.
NOVICE CLASS: Open to those who have never won a blue ribbon.Create a phoenix design that characterizes this majestic bird’s rise from its nest. Inspired from the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes – the base of the design is rounded and compact. Flowers or branches emerge from the center and rise to tall heights. Low containers are suggested.

Information on phoenix design can be found at this website: HERE.

Class 233 - CLASS FULL - PENGUINS: Did you know? These flightless birds can dive to a depth of 1,870 feet and stay underwater for up to 22 minutes.Create a parallel arrangement which depicts their ability to stand tall in extreme temperatures. Three or more units of plant material with strong line quality, paralleling each other with open spaces between each unit. If multiple containers are used, they must appear to come from one base.

Class 234 - CLASS FULL - PEACOCKS: Did you know? The tail feathers of the male peacock are more than 60% of the bird’s total body length and can reach up to 5 feet.Create a mass arrangement which depicts the brilliant hues of this regal biPlant material rising from one point with a closed form and height of 1 to 1 ½ times that of the container. The use of plant materials and colors are important in the overall design.

Class 235 - CLASS FULL - HUMMINGBIRDS:  Did you know? The hum of a hummingbird is made by the bird’s rapid wing beat which can be 200 beats a second.
Create a miniature arrangement which reflects their amazing efficiency.
Any style or design not more than 5 inches in any direction. Small container should not overwhelm plant material. May “cut down” larger flower into smaller parts.

Class 236 - CLASS FULL - GREAT BLUE HERONS: Did you know? The 6-foot wing span of this tall long-legged bird is the most common and largest heron in North America.In the Oriental manner, create a Moribana arrangement which portrays this wading bird’s graceful shape in nature. Arrangement emphasizes natural growth habits of plant materials and often features a view of the water. Containers are low and shallow; plant material is typically to one side of the container.

Class 237 - GEESE - CLASS FULL -  Did you know? When birds fly in a V formation, they create uplift and the whole flock can save 70-80% of their energy, thus increasing their flying range.
Create a stabile arrangement that illustrates the movement of these precise formations.A stationary design that appears to move through restrained use of plant materials that express or imply motion.

Class 238 - CLASS FULL - SINGING CANARIES – CHALLENGE CLASS: Did you know? This bright yellow bird has been kept in captivity and bred for its singing abilities for more than 500 years.Create an interpretation of these song birds. All entrants are provided with the same materials to create their interpretive designs on site. Meet Saturday, March 28, at 8 AM, bring clippers and other tools.

Class 239 - CLASS FULL - BIRD HABITATS – FOR MEN ONLY:  Did you know? Currently, over 10,000 bird species inhabit the Earth. Their habitats range from the vast deserts of the Sahara, to polar ice caps, and from lush, green tropical rainforests, to our own backyards, rivers and bays. Equally, birds come to us in numerous shapes, colors and sizes that continue to amuse, delight and enrich our lives.
Create your own interpretation of the perfect bird habitat. Space allotment is 5’ wide by 5’ long by 6’ high (maximum height). Area will be taped off for each entry. The use of tables, table cloths and floor coverings are optional. Cards of intent should be at least 8”x10” with print that can be easily read. No silk or artificial flowers. Living plant material may be altered as needed. As with all arrangements, daffodils must be featured.

THE UGLY DUCKLING: Did you know? “The Ugly Duckling” was first published in 1843 by Hans Christian Andersen. The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from his neighbors until, much to his delight he matures into a graceful swan. Read the tale here.  Bring your flowers and clippers and be prepared to show your feathers in a fun arrangement on site using the container and mechanics provided.

Arranging begins a 6:00 PM Friday, March 27, in the side hall. Garden Club members will be available to talk about flower arranging basics, but the final design is up to you.
Parents may not remain in the youth work area. Pick-up is at 7:30.Class 240 - DUCKLINGS ages 6-9
Class 241 - SWANS ages 10-13