Fashion creativy: art and design studies at your fingertips

Body-positive, diverse, ethical and soulful  fashion design and illustration education for creatives or professionals.

Fashion Illustration Tribe is Laura Volpintesta’s school and community- (20 years Parsons fashion faculty and author of THE LANGUAGE OF FASHION DESIGN)

Learn on YOUR terms- login on your schedule, when is best for you. Start where you are at. There are no prerequisites.

Go deep into Illustration and Design Sketching

Un-learn "old ways " of drawing, BEGINNER FRIENDLY! Learn gouache and pencil techniques for final, process and tech sketches. MODEL DRAWING for all body types, not body distortion. Fabric texture and print rendering, and construction detail drawing.

Demystify Patternmaking and
Draping for design

Get familiar with the technical lessons that will make your drawings and ideas more developed , build your vocabulary of words, styles, concepts, finishes, and design processes.

Master Digital Freehand Sketching and Ilustration

Use your digital device and learn creative apps for fashion illustration! Creative freehand art tools that are totally portable and intuitive on iPad or other digital tablet. Express and share your work beautifully.

Dive into Creative Design Methods and Process

Mood Boards, line sheets, design research and sketchbooks, fabric boards, Croquis books, print development, fabric types....Step by step, immerse yourself in one process at a time, so you can bring them all together with joy.

The things we do best

Adobe fresco for fashion illustration by Laura volpintesta

4 months of Encouragement and Support every week

Discussion boxes for sharing, asking, support are essential to your progjress! You are not alone!

Easy Learning Environment

No commuting, no Student Loans. Login on your schedule, and benefit from my 20 years of fashion design teaching -- I've created a unique approach that focuses on learning through inspiration, not fear. I also created Parsons' first online fashion studio course in 2008

Weekly Exercises and feedback/trouble-shooting sessions

your projects and practices will walk you through each new technique and build intentionally to take you from beginner to experienced and fluent.

Gain Confidence through real Experience

watch and rewatch videos , Discover your questions. Ask . Try each new tool.., as you FILL YOUR SKETCHBOOK. You'll find yourself gaining confidence and evolving your skill and creativity through experience!!!
These skills are creative AND professional. Credentials are one thing, real SKILL is another.

My beginners are amazed how quickly they can dive in deep to skills and information they always wanted

"Teaching isn’t just skill….Laura, your personality makes me feel like I can do anything. I’ve never done this before, and I’ve amazed myself"
Tatiana R
Australia
The videos are so helpful!…And, I was just thinking how lucky I am to be gleaning all of these insights with kids asleep in bed from the comfort of my home”
Melissa D
Canada
Laura, your course really inspired me to do all I’m doing now. Up to date it was my most valuable class. ... you as you inspire me so much! I still reference all my drawings from your class!!
Selina S
Nigeria

StudentS' Praise:

Don’t take my word for it– here I’ll let my students speak for me

I couldn’t draw. Me, Laura. Now I’ve been20years teaching hundreds of students at Parsons School of Design online in NYC, from beginner model drawing, to portfolio, from sewing to draping and patternmaking.  I’ll NEVER forget the year that I became able to draw and paint and SEE in a new way, and my whole world opened up in an incredible, mind-blowing way because of what I learned and HOW I learned it. I was so amazed that I proceeded to watch the rest of my life be dedicated to understanding what happened and how to create the optimal, liberating, expressive experience for as many other people as possible, because I still look back on those key lessons and moments in awe.

But I totally “get” what happened, and I cannot wait to share these secrets and discoveries with you. Art and design.   Are you ready?

“I have nothing but good things to say about your portfolio class.

You helped me in many ways but one of the most valuable holes you filled for me was on how to organize my thoughts when sketching....

Your drawing and the Portfolio are some of the most valuable things I got from Parsons as a whole. So thanks a bunch.

You revved up my engine and Im still travelling on that momentum”
Lauren Utter-JOnes
fashion designer
“I was fortunate to have such a wonderful professor for my Fashion Industry Design class.

Laura is a talented designer/ illustrator, amazing tutor, and deep personality.

Her open-mindedness, support, warm and kind attitude creates absolutely magical atmosphere in class.

Laura is so alive, sincere, joyful and creative, it touches everyone.

There is no chance a student can stay away from such great energy!”-. NYC
Ev Bessar
Fashion Knitwear Designer, Philanthropist
"To find a teacher in the arts who offers up everything they know and more, and whose sole purpose is to see you ‘fly’- … is extremely rare.

Laura is one of those teachers.

She set us up for success in so many ways. Generosity, creativity, and encouragement– plus a solid foundation in basic art– were all part of her teaching.

I created some of my best work in her Fashion Drawing 1 class and still rely on many of the techniques. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been her student.” -
J. Heloise
Fashion Illustrator

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Whether you want to go deeper into FASHION DESIGN or FASHION ILLUSTRATION,

I know you will enjoy what I've created for you.

  • Beginner Model Drawing video lesson customizable for all body types 
  • PDF ebook download "101 Fashion Design Inspiration Prompts"- includes croquis templates for creative design idea sketching
  • Video "9 Top Fashion Design Resource Books"