Liesl Long has a background in painting, textile design, and fashion illustration. Liesl was awarded the “Fashion Designer of Tomorrow” national scholarship by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, CA, where she earned her degree in Textile Design. Following graduation form FIDM, Liesl went to work for a textile company in LA, designing unique textile prints for global fashion companies. During this time she also started painting children’s art for Colleen Karis Designs which are nationally sold in TJ MAXX Home Goods. Returning to Louisville in 2011, Liesl continues her art career as a freelance children’s artist for Colleen Karis Designs, art teacher for Louisville Visual Arts, and Artist/Owner of Art by Liesl. Liesl’s art can be found for sale in local art galleries, boutiques, and art shows.
What do you hope your students take away from your class?
Two of my favorite quotes are: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”-Coco Chanel and “Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination.”-Tim Burton. These two quotes are an inspiration for all my art class projects. I love to see students embrace their limitless and unique imaginations. I hope after every semester, students walk out the door with an even stronger love for art, color, texture, imagination, and creativity.
What is your favorite thing to teach and why?
My favorite thing to teach is mixed media art with various layers of texture. I love showing students all the textures and patterns they can create with various stencils, fabrics, ribbons, and paper. Texture can be found in many things, and it is so neat to see how each and every student creates texture when drawing people, fashion, flowers, vegetables, fruits, etc. I enjoy seeing each student’s imagination come alive in every project!