Is Floral Design Art? An Introduction to the Interpretation of Art


Lesson 1 of 4: This lesson is intended to introduce students to their project of interpreting a famous work of art through a floral arrangement. Using their prior knowledge of the principles and elements of design, they will begin the process of identifying what the project will be like as well as identifying what is considered a piece of art.


What is art? With so many new forms of art coming to light day after day, this question seems to have no answer. Art, can be so many things. The argument that Floral Design is an art form is one that occurs on a regular basis. However, many famous museums have taken the art of Floral Design and brought it in between their walls.

This project requires students to combine art and floral design by choosing a famous piece of art or artifact then designing their own floral arrangement that interprets that piece.

Students completing this project should have strong knowledge in the various aspects of Floral Design including, but not limited to: flower and foliage selection, elements of design, principles of design, color selection, and container selection. Throughout the project, students are participating in several steps which allow them to understand what it would be like to participate in a professional Art in Bloom exhibit.

This lesson introduces students to the idea of interpreting a piece of art through floral designs. It also requires them to start the process of thinking about a piece of art which they would like to interpret in their own creation.

Lesson Times

One Class Period
60 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources
    • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • Science
    • Life Sciences
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Recall the definition of art.
  • Select various types of artwork found in museums.
  • Identify containers and plant materials used in professional floral arrangements.

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