An Imaginary Visit To The American Southwest!
Endless skies, vistas that stretch forever, and nature in all forms—come visit the Southwest!
There is no doubt that the American Southwest has some of the most beautiful vistas in the world! Dramatic skies, incredible rock shapes (called hoodoos), gravity-defying arches, views-for-miles and lush, incredible colors! We’ll be visiting the following in our four assignments:
- Antelope Canyon
- Arches National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
We will learn about using complementary colors to create a zing to our pages (think orange and blue!), how to give our pages a finished look, creating suggested texture, when to leave details out and when to add them, how to capture a grand vista that goes on for miles in a short period of time and what we can do to add unity and harmony to our sketchbook pages when we’re traveling and moving fast!
Video demos are provided for all of the assignments. All techniques are shown so that you can “see” when and where they’re used. You have total flexibility as to when you watch the videos once they are posted. The demos are available for the duration of the class and you can watch them as many times as you like. 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.
Imaginary Visit To The American Southwest 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 color combinations
• 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.
There are four 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 and the assignment is posted.
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* (October 12th, 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 October 12th and before November 2nd, the class materials will come online in a weekly format. If the artist signs up for the class after November 2nd, all materials are available upon enrolling.
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
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 ImaginaryTrips.com 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.