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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Another New Location!

A Note From Laure:

Have you ever gotten a peek at something that’s just too good to resist? That’s what happened to me recently. My good friend, Claire McFeely, shared her photos from a visit to the annual Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley, Washington, and, well, I was gonna wait until next April to run the class, but it just looks like way too much fun!

And so, for our next adventure, we’re headed to “An Imaginary Visit to A Tulip Festival” next! (Patience has never been a virtue of mine—just ask anyone who knows me well.) Between the gorgeous scenery and the vivid color of the blooms as well as special activities like kite-flying, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! We’ll be “leaving” on June 23rd and if you hurry, there’s even special savings on this class in recognition of 6 years of traveling and sketching fun at ImaginaryTrips.com! For more info, please click here. (Thank you so very much, Claire!)

After we get back from Washington, next up on our travel itinerary, we’ll be zooming back to Europe for “An Imaginary Visit To Switzerland!” And I gotta tell you, I think I’m really gonna like this place...not only did they invent milk chocolate, they consume more chocolate in this country than any other in the world! Yeah, we’re going to be fast friends, I can tell already. Besides chocolate, the country is teeming with the rugged mountain ranges of the Alps, beautiful blue lakes, chateaus, bustling modern cities and wildflower meadows. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! To check out the class, click here.

Click the underlined country names 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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