Fayetteville, Arkansas: Althea Wiles, Florist Educator for J Althea Creative Consulting and Chief Designer and Owner of Rose of Sharon Floral Design Studio, will serve as an instructor for the HORT 1303-Introduction to Floral Design course at the University of Arkansas which began on March 7, 2022 and will continue for the remainder of the semester. Students in this introductory floral design course will learn the basic elements of design such as line, form, mass, balance, texture, and color used in floral art. Students will gain an appreciation for the different types and species of flowers and foliage used in various floral arrangements such as bouquets and centerpieces. Additionally, students will learn common techniques for post-harvest handling of fresh-cut floral plant material to extend vase life from the purchasing stage to final design, according to the University’s website.
“I am delighted to have been chosen as an instructor for this university-level course. I will teach students how to design arrangements in addition to corsages, boutonnieres and a myriad of horticultural and floral design knowledge. I will also use my personal experience to develop the lectures,” says Althea Wiles.
“We are pleased to announce that Ms. Althea Wiles will be the instructor for HORT 1303-Introduction to Floral Design beginning March 7, 2022 for the remainder of the semester. Ms. Wiles is a bespoke wedding and event florist, a corporate event floral designer and a floral mentor and coach,” said Wayne A. Mackay, professor and department head of horticulture at the University of Arkansas.
About Althea Wiles: Althea Wiles is the founder and educational director of J Althea Creative, a florist consulting program in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is also the owner and chief designer of the Rose of Sharon Floral Design Studio. Althea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College and later earned her Arkansas Master Florist certification. Her design studio attends 75-100 weddings and events a year and has been recognized by local and national publications in addition to being a featured artist for Art in Bloom gallery exhibitions chosen and hosted by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
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