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 Visit With An Old Friend

A Note From Laure:

After a long, Florida summer of high temps, I find myself craving a change in scenery. With no vacation on the schedule, I’ve started looking forward to a change in season instead. Autumn has always been a favorite time of year as it seems life’s hectic pace starts to slow down just a bit. The cooler temperatures are most welcome and I begin to look forward to an evening or two by our outside fireplace. I constantly look for the slight change in the air and light we have here in Florida since we don’t usually get the bright foliage until much later on.

It has been a long while since we’ve had “An Imaginary Visit Through Autumn” and I am so looking forward to this visit! I hope you’ll come and join me! Cooler weather or not, it will be an opportunity to play with color and work on capturing the memories of this too-brief season. Between the gorgeous scenery and the vivid color of the changing trees as well as a visit to the Farmer’s Market, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! Our visit will begin on September 1st. For more info, please click here.

And it seems we might still have time to sneak in another class after we meander through Fall—any requests?! How about a holiday class? Another location? Send me an email and let me know your thoughts! You can reach me by clicking here.

Click the underlined class name above to go directly to the class information OR you can click on Imaginary Visits!

If you’re unable to attend an interactive class, I encourage you to consider the Independent Learning Classes. These 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!

In addition to the self paced class, there are more options available: Private Email Critiques and 1-on-1 Mentoring Sessions! Depending on where you are on your artistic journey and your current life demands, I believe one of these options will work for you.

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 out “the new realm” and tell me what you think!  You can click on the logo below to go directly to the site or go to the Independent Learning link in the upper right corner to learn a bit more.

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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