The Lycoris is a wonderful study in flower clustering. The impressive bloom consists of multiple short stems radiating from a common point on a long stalk. It is no wonder that this type of flower stalk is called an “umbel,” the Latin word for umbrella or parasol. But it is the spectacular red canopy that gives the flower it’s common name. The Spider Lily, also know as Dragon Head or Lóng Shǒu (龙首) in China, has narrow, ruffled petals that curve backward to showcase its long projecting stamens. But do not let its intimidating name or structure scare you away. In Part 1 of this 3-part video, Ning demonstrates how to lay out this seemingly complex floral composition with the friendly “happy face” diagram—complete with tongue sticking out! In Part 2, learn to do the leaves and buds. Then finish the lesson with flowers in Part 3. Refer to the attached handout for materials, diagrams, color preparation, and steps.