About Laure Ferlita

Learning to sketch on location was a challenge for Laure Ferlita. “When I first tried sketching on location, I either came home with a blank page or I tried to put everything on the page and it was a glorious mess!” says Laure. She developed a system she calls the “5 e’s”—evaluate, eliminate, edit, embellish and exaggerate. Since coming up with the system, Laure has had a great deal of fun sharing and teaching others this simple way to create pages in their sketchbooks so that they too can enjoy sketching on location!

Another of Laure’s passions is watercolor. “Watercolor, for me, is the perfect sketching medium.” Laure says. “It provides ease of use, quick color saturation, clean up is  a snap and really, you don’t need much equipment. Used as a sketching medium, watercolor is not quite so intimidating either.”

To see more of Laure’s work, you can visit her web site at www.LaureFerlita.com or see what’s on the art table today by visiting her blog, Painted Thoughts!

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Creativity, Learning and Travel!

A Note From Laure:

What are your goals for 2015?

As I stare at the calendar and wonder where January disappeared to and not even mentioning most of February, I begin thinking about my goals for this (still) new (to me) year. I don’t know about you, but I want to have more fun, make more connections and create more.

So far, the year is off to a fabulous start as I’ve just returned from a week-long class at the beach with eight wonderful artists! The laughter, the late night conversations, and of course, sketching so many cool locations was all terrific fun! In fact, it’s kinda hard to sit at the desk and do “work.” I’d rather be sketching waves, talking and taking long walks on the beach.

Alas, those aren’t the only goals for the year. After all, there’s still eleven ten and a half more months. With that in mind, I’ve decided I want to go to new places, meet new people, have new experiences, create more and have more fun...and this year’s class schedule reflects this. I hope you’ll find something of interest there for you!

The first class up is going to be something I’ve always hankered to try, but was a little afraid of—it will take courage to teach this class as well as to take it! If you’re interested in getting very specific one-to-one feedback on your work and style, this is the class for you! You can read a bit more here.

With several new locations and a perennial favorite, I hope you find something exciting!

You can check out the new schedule here - 2015 Class Schedule.pdf.

Once again, I look forward to traveling with you!

                                                                           Laure Ferlita

If you would like to receive information about the future changes and classes, please click here.


Imaginary Trips offers online “trips” to fabulously exotic locations. Learn and improve your art skills, primarily sketching and painting as well learn more about the location we’ll be “visiting” without the usual hassles of traveling the world!

Busy, crazy life? Not much time to participate in an interactive class on some else’s schedule? Now there’s Independent Learning Classes so you can learn on your schedule, when you have the time!

  1. Travel to wonderful locations - without the hassles of luggage or the expense of airline tickets and hotel rooms

  1. Go on an Artist’s Holiday and to paint and sketch in the comfort of your home

  1. Learn new skills  at a relaxed pace that fits in with your schedule

  1. Meet new people “traveling” to the same exciting destination

  1. Develop your skills with feedback from an accomplished watercolorist


The following is a quick overview of the new pages and how to navigate to the area you most want to visit. You can also use the navigational links in the upper right hand corner of each page.

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Imaginary Trips are trips to larger locations like a city or country. The “trip” classes are longer in length with more information provided about the various locations we visit. For more information on Imaginary Trips, please click here.

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Imaginary Visits are visits to a season or imaginary place like Autumn or the beach. The visit classes are shorter in length than the trip classes and usually not specific to an actual place. This allows for a lot of creativity and fun! For more information about Imaginary Visits, please click here

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Independent Learning Classes (ILC) are for travelers who have very busy schedules, those who do not have time to fully participate in interactive classes, and those who prefer to work at their own pace. ILC are self-paced with continued access to all of the materials for one year from the date of purchase. Travelers can begin an Independent Learning Class at any time. Please click here for more information.

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