Sunday, July 7 2013 was the day of our 2 hour Fashion Watercolor Workshop. My sister (Hello Claire) and my design practice (Hello Cole) partnered and we were able to offer a two hour workshop here in Cincinnati.
We limited attendance to 4. A very small group. We did this because we (Claire and I) wanted to make sure the attendees would get lots of individual attention and to keep it intimate and low key. I doubt we will offer something this small again.
In the future, we're looking at teaching a group of 10-30 students. It will be a different vibe, but Claire will be able to teach more students this beautiful artform.
Students arrived and sat around my kitchen island. They sipped freshly brewed loose leaf tea and snacked on chocolate and candied ginger.
Claire and I finished setting up upstairs in my studio. We brought everyone up and Claire began the workshop by having everyone just start a sketch. This helped everyone loosen up and it gave Claire a chance to notice how each attendee handled the pencil, their comfort level, their natural ability. Claire did a warm up sketch too. Her paint set is featured below.
After the warm up, Claire got right in to teaching technique, tips and tricks and 'ways to spot a professional.' She introduced different materials and reviewed all the other styles of fashion illustration that are out there. She also gave a little bit of a history lesson.
Claire then had me put on an old Valentino runway show and she sat in a chair and demonstrated what live fashion illustration is like.
Everyone gathered around.
And watched her do this sheet in 5 minutes.
She built each model one-by-one in just a few strokes.
Beautiful. And neat to watch.
The live demonstration I think really helped everyone relax and just go for it. Everyone went back to the work table and got started.
Everyone illustrated the same model.....and look how beautiful and different the results are.
It was really fun to see these being illustrated right in my studio!
The attendees set their sketches aside and we all went down to my kitchen to talk about what we learned and to have a light tea lunch.
(We dined on tuna, croissants, salad, chocolate, tea, fruit, lemonade).
After that, we went upstairs, reviewed what we learned and took this great group shot!
Please visit my sister's website here. She has a great blog and of course, great work.