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Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Illustration Tribe

I want DRAW you out of your shell so you can flow and shine freely in Fashion Art and Design! All of the ideas held in your head....I'm here to share the tools, to bring them out onto paper, in an encouraging environment that meets you at your pace. I want you to feel safe to create, growing into your confidence in a playful, curious way, what I'm teaching learning in my classes at Parsons since 1997 . This is where you can discover the MAGIC that lives in your hands, your mind, and your heart when they work together. Where what you feel, think, know and are curious about l as you leads as you develop your unique style / voice to share with the world and explore what's within you.

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About this course

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Freedom Fashion 

Dive in deep to self discovery and expression 

 learning professional   and creative fashion design and illustration skills!!




We’re you discouraged from studying something creative, 

Or did you hold limiting beliefs 

That tell you that toy can’t?

Even though you know you are in your heart??


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

And watch your ideas flow as if magic, because 

You are familiar and open to express your divine inspirations

 in the moment with ease your imagination takes form!  

I’ve created a program based on 20 years of Parsons teaching....

That dismantles fear, disarms the terrified,

And takes you on a journey from beginner to deep.

Experienced.. confident, familiar and well-versed.

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, Authro, 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 facilitator.

"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


“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 Design

Pamela klein

Fine Artist, Designer, fomr Chair at Parsons Schoo


I’m laura, 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 the digital program.