Kristin Sjaarda’s fine art photography

Kristin Sjaarda’s fine art photography

A full day still life workshop covering both floral design and floral photography at the Mint Room Studios in Toronto, Canada. 

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Christin will begin the day with a slide presentation on the history of floral still life painting, touching on the Dutch Masters and Impressionist work. After introductions over coffee, she will then speak to her work with colour, whilst introducing the day’s palette and plants. A floral design demonstration will follow after which students will be free to begin their creative work. 

After a still life inspired buffet lunch, Kristin will discuss her process as a still life photographer, exploring how she sees light, and tries to capture it. You will learn some basic photographic skills and terminology before styling the setting for your floral arrangement. Kristin will photograph your work, and both instructors will work collaboratively with you to find the best shot. 

The day will close with a discussion of the technical details involved in producing floral images for use in books, as floral prints, and for fabric printing.


The Mint Room Studios are located in downtown Toronto, in an area known as The Junction.


Details: The class will run from 9:30am to 4pm on April 4th, 2019. No floral experience is necessary, nor is a camera. What is required: a notebook, pen, and a willingness to learn and have fun. We will have a collection of props on hand, but if you have any mementoes or special objects you’d like to include in your still life, please bring these with you.

Investment: $1070 CDN/ $800 USD. Please book through shop page here.

What’s included: All refreshments, floral supplies, flowers, a vessel to take home, lunch, and professional images for your portfolio.

 Instructors: Christin Geall is a Canadian floral designer, gardening columnist, teacher, and author of Cultivated: Elements of Floral Style forthcoming in 2020 from Princeton Architectural Press. Formally trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and in Environmental Studies, Christin also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and teaches at the University of Victoria. She travels widely to teach, write for Gardenista, and pursue her love of gardens and art. Christin’s bold design style is representative of her lifelong passion for plants.

Kristin Sjaarda is a Torontonian photographer of Dutch heritage. Her fine art still life work uses migratory fallen songbirds, domestic objects and flowers to speak to the fragility of nature and passing of time. Kristin has developed a retail line of large-scale floral prints she sells internationally and her scarves are sold through Botanica etc. She is represented by EyeBuyArt and her prints are collected and exhibited worldwide. Her photographs of interiors have appeared in Toronto LifeFlare, and The Globe and Mail.