Summer Fashion Design Illustration Class

9 06 2013

Oscar Show

We are having a wonderful time at the Clinton Library exploring our creative ideas in fashion design.  I am so fortunate to have my art students volunteering along my side to help inspire others.  I have one current art student who loves fashion and is so great at communicating to younger artists how to best create original ideas.  I have one alum that is looking to reinvigorate her artistic skills by working with me and our guests.  Today she shined…she created a thematic series “young hip city girl on vacation”.  She told the story about this young girl and where she was going, what the event was, and how all the outfits worked together with color, pattern, and style.  We loved it!  Two middle school girls attended the class last week and returned with sketches and ideas.  We had the chance to discuss their “homework” and push them to add clarity and details.

Illustration Class

I was able to work with a boy who will be in third grade next year.  He saddled up to me and we manipulated the wooden manikin to pose it for our design.  We discussed super hero outfits- “NO”, we talked about sports, “Yes”, and we designed a new kind of soccer goalie outfit.  He really liked working with the colored oil pastels and the willow charcoal.  Next a kindergarten stepped up to the table and she had so many ideas.  I helped her see the simple shapes to create a basic form and then she got to designing.  She was inspired and so very creative. Grandma and Momma watched and took photos … they loved it too.  We will be seeing her next Saturday.  Each student went home with a portfolio and more paper to continue drawing until next week.

Celeste Designs

Dress Concepts

This has been a great experience with so many different ages.  As we sat at the table drawing, listening, and laughing, I realized the age group and how this all came to be.  We had grandparents, parents, an art teacher, alum art student, a senior in high school, middle school students, and elementary students all enjoying drawing, a simple concept around fashion illustration but at the same time a very powerful moment shared by everyone.  We opened untapped creativity, encourage beginning talent, and reawakened genuine artist talent.   The class was created to help showcase the Oscar de la Renta Fashion Exhibit but our little design illustration class has inspired some future designers too.

Second Grader

Middle School





2 responses

9 06 2013
Migliore, Amy

Hi Joy,
If I can get the design issues group of NAEA to support us doing a session together, do you want to partner up and share our fashion experiences at the conference in California?

Amy Migliore

9 06 2013
Joy Schultz

I would be happy to work something out with you. Let me know if it happens and we can create a plan.

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