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Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Illustration Tribe

I want to see you come out of your shell! All of those ideas in your head....I'm here to give you the tools, one by one, to bring them out onto paper, in an encouraging environment that meets you one your schedule. I want you to feel safe to create as you grow into your confidence in a playful, exploring, deep way to know what fashion students are learning in my classes for 20 years now at the best fashion schools, but without the debt and pressure. This is where you can get empowered in a place where you are in the driver's seat, and what you feel, think, know and are curious about matters as you develop your unique style and voice to share with the world....or even just for yourself. I want you to never be afraid of a blank piece of paper again....... xoxo Laura

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About this course


 FREEDOM FASHION CORE 15 week SEMESTER COACHED PROGRAM ($4444) 5 coach calls values= ($1665) Model drawing, flat sketching, fabric boards, mood boards, using and rendering prints, gouache technique, shading an dtexture, designing a unique collection, faces basics, and more!


private course community to connect with me and your "running buddies"

Cheer each other on, ask me and each other questions

get feedback, share successes and stumbling blocks, resources

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(it's amazing, transforative,  and will open up your connection to drawing in a new way)

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Dive in deep to self discovery and expression !

 learning professional   and creative fashion design and illustration skills!!




Were you discouraged from studying something creative, 

Or did you hold limiting beliefs 

That tell you that you couldn’t draw, Sketch and design Fashion and illustrations?

Even though you know you  in your heart you are meant to express this voice and inspiration that burns bright within you?

FREEDOM FASHION SIGNATURE Imagine knowing that you can sit down at a blank page with intention,

And watch your ideas flow out onto paper as if by magic, because you’ve  become familiar and experienced,open to express your divine Design inspirations 

in the moment —with ease —

as you watch your  imagination take form!  

I’ve lovingly and enthusiastically created my  program based on 20 years of Parsons teaching....

It’s a powerful, tender and expressive container-

It dismantles fear, disarms the terrified part of you 

And takes you on a journey from beginner to experienced confidence and fluency. 

You’ll find yourself familiar and well-versed in the language of fashion.  The verbal, the visual, the technical language.

I’ve held nothing back in giving you tools, formats, techniques, resources and containers.\To coax out your ideas and e exuberance In a super-positive and supportive environment!!!! (Unlike so many fashion schools)  Experience the deep joy and gratification  Of immersing yourself in your own creative experience On a high level, not a cookie- cutter way..  A transformational , life changing, personal an in depth , whole person approach to fashion studies  where you are the driver of your path. 

WE’LL start with a foundation in art supplies and papers, Dynamics and form Line quality, plot and drawing skills AND several modules devoted to model drawing (All body types encouraged and no distortion- Just real, beautiful bodies to dress!!)

You’ll learn to use gouache and pencils To sketch out your ideas  quickly As well as filling a sketchbook  so you can choose your favorite designs And illustrate the final edits. We’ll look at print, pattern, texture, And also create a line sheet with flats We’ll discuss  pleats,  gathers, flares, seams, collars, All kinds of details!!!I’ll work with you to customize your journey  to meet your deepest calling and undo your fears ... to liberate your creativity, confidence and expression!!


Model drawing, flat sketching, fabric boards, mood boards, using, designing and rendering prints, gouache technique, shading and texture, designing a unique collection, your first line sheet for a line, faces basics, and more!


"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." Jacqueline Heloise Designer/ Illustrator

"I was fortunate to have such a wonderful professor for my Fashion Industry Design class(at Parsons). 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!" Ev Bessar Fashion Designer, 

“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. Its difficult to harness the muse in any kind of orderly way but your method has served me well. Both in that I came out of Parson’s with a strong portfolio that is single handedly responsible for landing me interviews ...but has also cinched the position at two different design firms now... 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 Jones Fashion Designer

"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 Light Fashion Designer

Laura demystifies the fashion design process with a unique set of online courses designed to develop your design skills in an accessible and supportive environment. She is committed to her student’s development and teaches with a warmth, kindness and contagious enthusiasm for creative exploration and personal growth. A born teacher with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the fashion industry, Laura will inspire and empower you whilst being your biggest cheerleader as you develop and reach your goals. Laura Hickman  Fashion illustrator, Designer

Laura is a talented, wise and passionate artist and teacher. Her courses are filled with amazing content delivered to build a solid technical foundation in illustration and fashion design or to expand on her students' existing skills. Her courses are appropriate for designers who want to develop their illustration skills,  students who are building a portfolio for fashion design school, and anyone interested in fashion illustration or the design industry. Laura is an expert instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Laura is offering something that no one else is: professional design school courses with personalized, private coaching available online wherever you are in the world.. Melissa Darou strategic marketing and communications consultant,, workshop and reteat

"Laura puts her heart and soul into HOW she approaches teaching (fashion) illustration/drawing. Her gentleness, innovation and enthusiasm puts my self-doubt at ease and propels me to practice without judgement. I've studied with other college level instructors and what sets Laura apart is her unique way of breaking down visually complex forms into simple practical steps. She sets her students up to build confidence and achieve consistent progress. She sets her students up to Win, with great empathy joy and care!"  Teresa Capaldo Multi-Media Artist & Small Business Consultant

I genuinely cannot say enough about how important your classes were to me and how much I loved them :0). In my time at Parsons I must say Laura’s class was my favorite! … where I truly learned the most about fashion drawing. I gained an understanding and awareness of proportion and how the human form reacts to movement…. tI was a student at Parsons over five years ago, but he skills I learned in Laura’s class have stayed with me. More importantly, though, is how much FUN her classes were, and how inspiring Laura is as a teacher! She encouraged us not to be afraid of color, shape and movement in our work! And this is what made everyone strive to create something unique and beautiful! Laura is a gem! A beautiful person inside and out, and one of the best teachers I have ever had, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her! Beth Gillespie Fashion Designer

“Probably about 25 years ago, I hired Laura to teach at Parsons. She was excellent then, and has continued to innovate and expand as a teacher and as an artist. She’s without questions one of the best I’ve known” -Pamela Klein, fine artist, designer, former chair at Parsons School of Desig

Laura Volpintest

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Fashion Designing: Part1 quick sketching in Croquis book

I’m  a visual and performing artist , and homeschooling mom of three . 

I’ve Taught fashion design at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC since 1997 in BFA and AAS programs.  I’ve also worked with early childhood and parents in music and movement.

At the core of all of my interdisciplinary and multicultural experiences , I find this to be true:   Many people have trauma and limiting belief about their art abilities, but it’s only belief. I have seen hundreds of students transform profoundly when they are guided, informed, and supported and encouraged  in a playful, art infused and energized environment where they cannot HELP but connect to their own powerful truth I spite of their fear.

Finally, I believe that your sacred expression is divine, that learning and creating art are spiritual practices of deep connection to source Nd magical possibility. 

*****there are no refunds for my digital program*****

I'm the founder of Fashion Illustration Tribe, a momma and creative (and performing artist), fashion designer, educator, author and illustrator.  I graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1995 and started teaching in their BFA Program in 1997. (Learn more about me and my approach here) During my 25+ years Parsons career  I've been so blessed to have taught:

 pattermaking, draping, and sewing, model drawing 1 and 2, 

Fashion Portfolio, Fashion  Illustration, Fashion Flats, 

and Fashion Concepts development (developing design ideas in a creative croquis book).

Ultimately, in 2008 I created their very first online fashion design online studio course and in that moment I knew that someday this program right here would be born!!! I taught that course to students globally for ten years straight along with other courses. My book is called the Language of Fashion Design, and I also created a course for Craftsy/Bluprint (which is closing up their company now as we speak!) It was a wonderful ride. Over the years I learned that my gift was enthusiasm and energy, as well as an ability to see what people are capable of even when they don't believe it. I realized I had a gift of showing them what is possible  -recognizing their inner voice and bringing it out.

I can hear you say what you want in your heart, and I can hear the voice in your head that is holding you back. I LOVE watching the strides and "miracles" as my clients and students step into their self-knowledge and evolve quickly into experienced and passionate voices. WE LOVE diversity and ethical fashion. WE LOVE creativity and expression. WE LOVE color, fabric, texture, culture.  We love humans and women and how we live and love. We love craft, detail, and the creative process. We love becoming more and more of who we are called to be every day We love to live our fullest lives by experiencing the magic of creativity and vision!

For more info visit my website here.

SELF PACED Soulful Fashion Foundation Immersiuon Is a  transformational , life changing, personal  in depth , whole person approach to fashion studies 

where you are the driver of your path.  I’ll work with you to customize your path  to meet your deepest calling  and undo your fears to liberate your creativity, confidence and expression!