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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A New Year Full Of Great Classes!

A Note From Laure:

I absolutely love this time of year! There is such hope for the year as the old sweeps out the door and we have 365 new days to make our mark and learn new things and see new places and try different things! For whatever reason, hope blooms (at least for me) at the first of the year. I am looking forward to a happy, creative, prosperous year and I wish you the same!

Oh my goodness! There’s so much going on, I’m not even sure where to start! Let’s start with the live learning opportunities because there are several worth mentioning:

Keeton’s Office and Art Supply, Bradenton, Florida - I will be teaching Anatomy of a Wave on Saturday, January 14th and a class on sketching sunsets on Saturday, February 11th. Please click here to learn more about the classes and to register!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida - I will be teaching a two day workshop called, “Postcards in the Gardens” on March 9th and 10th! There will also be a one day class in April with the same theme. It will be sooooo much fun. The gardens are a treat all by themselves as the sit right on the water and it’s truly an oasis. To learn more about the classes and to register, please click here. Hope to see you there!

And the last workshop is going to be An Imaginary Trip Made Real to England! I am going to be teaching in Shakespeare’s birth city, Stratford-Upon-Avon in August 2017! I have partnered with the Blue Walk, a tour company that understands an artist’s needs to slow down and sketch. I can hardly wait to explore the cobbled stone streets and English gardens. We’ll also be taking tea and possibly attending one of the theaters to take in a play. Sound like fun?! You can go here for all the details and to join in the fun!

Online Learning Opportunities...are coming! I managed to come down with that awful “plague” that’s going around and I’m way behind, but am currently planning out new classes and hope to have the schedule up by the end of January at the latest.

Meanwhile, over at the Imaginary Realm, I will have “An Imaginary Visit Through Autumn, Parts 1 and 2” available by the end of January for those of you who were not able to join in the fun last fall.

Independent Learning Classes are self-paced and you will have access to the course materials for 365 days from the date of your enrollment! They’re the same class materials your receive during an interactive class. They have been retooled so you learn when you want, where you want, how you want and you can play the video demonstrations as many times as you’d like!

There are currently four IL classes offered with more in the works. The Imaginary Realm is straightforward and clean which makes it easy to navigate. You can watch the videos and see the pdf handouts across all of your computers and tablets. There’s even a completion monitor to let you know how much of the class you’ve finished!

Please check back soon for more classes and come on over to the Painted Thoughts Blog to find out what’s going on right now!

Are you ready for more adventures?! I am!


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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