Sue has been an Instructor for Pioneer Balloon Company - the makers of Qualatex and Northstar balloons for many years. I teach classes for Qualatex and their distributors around the UK and in Europe and often get invited to teach at balloon events around the world. 

Qualatex Education Courses

Qualatex courses are highly subsidised and cater for all levels, from complete beginners to more experienced artists looking to gain skills in new areas or understand the latest trends. During workshops you will receive step by step tuition in a friendly, supportive and relaxed atmosphere. 

Simply Organics

LEVEL: Intermediate

Ideal for Retailers and Decorators

This one-day masterclass with Sue Bowler will explore the ever-growing popularity of the organic style trend in balloon decor. It will cover various organic designs, demonstrating both structured and free-style organic decor, including centrepieces, large puffed heart design, working with frames and how to create a fabulous half arch.

This is a hands-on class where delegates will have an opportunity to build organic decor in groups and learn the theory behind combining different sizes of balloons and creating custom colours. This class will also cover upselling techniques and different ways to add value to your balloon work. 

INCLUDES: Recipe sheets and professional photography of the designs covered on the day. 

PREREQUISITES: Requires knowledge of basic skills such as correctly inflating and tying balloons, making clusters. Delegates should also have an understanding of how to price using a Job Cost form.

and cater for all levels, from complete beginners to more experienced artists looking to gain skills in new areas or understand the latest trends. During workshops you will receive step by step tuition in a friendly, supportive and relaxed atmosphere. 

NEW! Flowers & Balloons - a Blooming Lovely Partnership!

LEVEL: Intermediate

Ideal for Retailers and Decorators

Let industry experts Karen Barnes and Sue Bowler show you how we bring two creative arts together to form a unique partnership for your company. Join us for an exciting day, learning how by mixing Florals and Balloons together can create amazing gifts and designs for all occasions – big or small. 

Stand out from your competitors and bring flowers and balloons together within your business and see your business grow. You will learn:

  • how to care for flowers and foliages

  • foundation balloon skills

  • design techniques for both creative arts

  • sustainability in both industries

  • how to sell the concept of flowers and balloons on line and within your store

  • how to market the concept for your business

Includes: professional high resolution portfolio images and contact details of recommended suppliers.

Instructors: 

  • Sue Bowler CBA - Qualatex International Instructor and balloon industry expert with over 25 years experience.

  • Karen Barnes, AIFD, CFD, NDSF, FSF, CAFA - Consultant for floral industry with over 30 years experience.

For over 100 years, Pioneer Balloon Company has been committed to providing the highest quality products and education to balloon artists around the world. That commitment is what led us to create the World Balloon Convention (WBC) in 2010.  The WBC is specifically designed for business-minded balloon decorators, twisters/entertainers, and party store retailers, as well as ambitious newcomers wanting to explore a rewarding and profitable career in the balloon industry.

With carefully designed educational curriculum and other growth-oriented activities, WBC 2021 will help you:

  • Expand your repertoire of balloon techniques, no matter what your current skill level or specialty

  • Develop your brand and professional presence by learning important business and marketing tips

  • Increase your profit potential by incorporating value add-ons into your everyday balloon work

  • Upgrade your professionalism and increase your chance for success and longevity

  • Grow your confidence and passion for balloons as a career, art form, and medium for social expression, decoration, and entertainment

Plan now to attend WBC 2021, March 23-25, in Orlando, Florida, USA, and soak up exclusive balloon education, epic competitions, grand events, and more from Qualatex®!

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