An Imaginary Trip To Selby Gardens!

Come and experience one of Florida's premier botanical gardens!

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Gentle waterfalls, sparkling koi ponds, shaded walkways, lavender gardens, green houses, topiaries, green houses and special gardens of bromeliads, succulents, orchids and much more! And it can all be found in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens!

There is color EVERYWHERE along with texture and values from the softest pinks to brilliant violets and magentas. From the exotic to the familiar, Selby Gardens is a paradise located near downtown Sarasota, Florida. With a view of the bay to the west, the sunsets are glorious behind the backlit masts of sailboats moored on the water.

Courtyards and benches with water features are found in out of the way corners. There's even a small vegetable garden!

Our Imaginary Trip To Selby Gardens will be delightfully fun and on this extraordinary trip, you'll learn how to:

• simplify complex scenes and eliminate unnecessary details

• work with color in a more confident way

• learn to suggest texture and detail in a quick but convincing way

• mix intriguing greens

• capture the essence of a scene in a limited amount of time

• exaggerate and embellish colors and values

• and best of all, you'll "come home" with an extraordinary sketchbook full of all the wonderful places we will visit!

The skills learned in this class help to prepare you for going out on your own to sketch at a location of your choosing. The primary focus of the class is to help you to eliminate the details and overwhelm of trying to capture the essence of a place while focusing in on what really attracts you and to get it down on the page quickly.

Class Format

There are six assignments with video demos and pdf handouts provided so that you can see the techniques used. You have complete flexibility as to when you watch the videos as well as how many times once you've enrolled.

Some "travelers" find it helpful to paint along with the video, pausing it as needed to learn the techniques Laure is demonstrating. Others watch the video and then apply to a photo reference of their choosing.

This Independent Learning Class is a great learning style is for those artists who have a demanding schedule, for those not interested in participating in the private blog environment, or feedback from Laure. It is also an excellent format for those artists who work slowly and have no desire to work faster or to work on location.

The artist will have access to the materials for one year from the date of class start* (April 27th, 2017). All handouts can be downloaded and kept. Videos can be watched as many times as the artist wants, but are not downloadable.

*If the artist signs up for the class after April 27th and before June 1st, the class materials will come online in a weekly format. If the artist signs up for the class after June 1st, all materials are available upon enrolling.

Art Skills

Students who enroll in this class should have the following:

Basic drawing skills including an understanding of shapes, shading, and values

Basic painting skills including an understanding of washes, values, shaping and shapes (While it is not necessary for you to use watercolor, all demos and techniques will focus on using watercolor as the main sketching medium)

Computer (User) Skills

Use of email (to receive assignment notifications)

Participation in a blog environment if participating in the Interactive or Combination Class (how to post images, how to post comments; instructions are given to get you started)

Computer Technology Requirements

Computer with high speed internet connection

Email (to receive assignment notificationss)

Scanner or digital camera (for posting images) if participating in the Interactive Class

Please Note: Interactive and Combination Class options will be limited in size.

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Your Instructor

Laure Ferlita
Laure Ferlita

Laure Ferlita is an accomplished watercolorist residing in sunny Florida. Watercolors, nature, travel, painting on location, sketching for the joy of it, and most especially, color, are her passions!

Vibrant color can be found in almost any subject and its shadows. It is her joy to bring those colors to life on paper with some paint and a little water. For many years, Laure worked as a graphic designer, so you will most likely see a strong graphic element in her work.

She started sharing her joy and love of sketching on location over at in 2009 and has helped many "travelers" to find their artistic voice since then.

“Watercolor, for me, is the perfect sketching medium." Laure says. “It provides ease of use, quick color saturation, and clean up is a snap and really, you don't need much equipment. After you move past the hype of how difficult watercolor can be, you find out how much fun it is to get out there and actually create on location. It's way too much fun!"

To see more of Laure's work, please visit her blog, Painted Thoughts or her Instagram account at @laure.ferlita.

Course Curriculum

  Photo Use In The Imaginary Realm/ Classes
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on April 27, 2017. An assignment will be posted once-a-week for six weeks. The class format option you choose will determine the end date of the class.
How long do I have access to the course?
The class format option you choose will determine the length of your access to the class materials. The Interactive Class ONLY ends on June 15, 2017. The Independent Learning Class ONLY will end on April 27, 2018 or later depending on the date of enrollment. The Combination Class will end on April 27, 2018.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first 4 days after April 27th OR the date of your purchase if you opted for the Independent Learning Class ONLY and we will give you a full refund.

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