Elena Mencarelli

Make a flower arrangement inspired by a painting

This is a fun and interactive workshop where you’ll learn all the secrets for making a beautiful floral arrangement…inspired by a painting!
Let’s immerse ourselves into the natural world of colors and textures. Let’s create beauty within a creative, judgement-less, and inspiring context.

The workshop consists of 3 parts:
1) I will show a floral painting and go over its formal elements, and the story of the painter who made it.
2) After that, we’ll make the flower arrangement inspired by the painting!
3) I will conclude the workshop sharing some pics of my favorite botanical artists so that you can get even more inspiration from seeing how Art and Floristry can be combined. At this point, I’ll leave you with a trick on how to use creativity as a form of resilience.

You can choose to participate in 2 ways:
1.Watch, learn, interact.
2.Make the floral arrangement with me.

No previous experience is required.
Don’t worry if you can’t find all the listed materials, just bring what you can and we’ll find the way to arrange your flowers at best in any case.
Previous corporate clients include Airbnb, Coinbase, Curiosity Summer Camp, Doordash.

“An unexpected magical experience…Wonderful class Elena!”, Cindy.

“A lovely and unique experience with Elena. Thoroughly enjoyable and more interesting than I expected. I am confident that I will create more beautiful arrangements in the future”, Justine.

“Elena made the class fun and took the time to help each person get the most out of their arrangements. I learned a lot and had fun!”, Amanda.

My Background

I am a floral designer with an artistic eclectic background. I am originally from Italy, but I’ve grown up around the world (Melbourne-AUS, London-UK, Paris-FR, San Francisco-USA).
I graduated with a Master Degree in Visual Arts at DAMS University (Bologna, Italy) in 2016 and I started working very soon in the art world. I curated 10+ exhibitions in Milan (Spazio Nour), Melbourne (Make Your Mark art gallery), and San Francisco (Red Poppy Art House), and I published the art book "M. R. Ballestra, a Phenomenology of Posthuman", Mimesis, 2018.
I have always been making art myself, and along the years I have experimented with different media (like painting and assemblage).

In the last years, I chose to focus on Floral Design because I consider it the most rewarding practice for me, and a profession that allows me to express myself at best also applying my passion and knowledge of the Visual Art field.
I developed professional skills in 3 different arranging styles: Wild, Traditional and Modern, and I created unique designs for VIP clients like Millennium Tower, 4 Season Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Marriott, Hyatt-Regency, Deloitte, IBM, and many more.

Finally, when Covid-19 started, and the social isolation came along, I decided to reinvent myself and transfer my passion online to connect with a broader community.
My clients describe my works as "incredible pieces of art".

What Team Members Should Bring

Internet Connection
Computer, Phone or Tablet
1 Vase; 1 floral clippers or sharp scissors; 1 towel.
Red tulips, 3-6 stems, or substitute with any other color. If you can’t find tulips, bring the same amount of any type of flower you like.
Sturdy and large green flowers, about 3 stems (hydrangea is a good example).
Yellow/orange flowers, 5-7 stems (alstroemeria, daisies or solidago are good examples).
Small white flowers, 3-5 stems (ranunculus, spray roses, anemones are good examples).
1 rich bunch of greenery (eucalyptus, lemon leaves, ivy...).
3 apples and 3 long wooden sticks (like meat skewers).

The Setup For the Virtual Session

You will find me in the living room of my house in Milan, Italy, where I am currently spending some time. My station will be well lightened and you'll have a very simple and frontal view, so that you can follow every step of the floral composition process easily.

Seshie Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Team Building and Camaraderie

Communication and Trust

Kindness and Empathy

Learning Something New

Cancellation Policy

As a customer if you cancel 48 hours after you have booked a session with a guide you will get a 50% refund. If you cancel before the 48 hours you receive your full refund. Customers also receive full refunds whenever a guide cancels

How to Experience Seshie

Please make sure you and your team members have Zoom downloaded. After you book a seshie in the confirmation email you will receive details providing the Zoom link and password information.