SA2114 - Abstracting Watercolors: A Sure Fire Plan That Works

11/13/2021 1pm - 4pm
Sterling Edwards
Abstract, Watercolor
$161.00 (9 seats left)

Abstracting Watercolors: A Sure Fire Plan That Works   

Instructor: Sterling Edwards    

Class Code: SA2114  

Sponsored by:  HK Holbein   

Workshop Fee:  $149 + kit fee ($12) = $161

Skill Level:  All 

Medium:  Watercolor          

Time:  Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Abstracting Watercolors: A Sure Fire Plan That Works  

Instructor: Sterling Edwards    

Class Code: SA2114  

Sponsored by:  HK Holbein   

Workshop Fee:  $149 + kit fee ($12) = $161

Skill Level:  All 

Medium:  Watercolor          

Time:  Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not that easy to paint and eye-catching abstract with watercolor. There is a lot more to an abstract painting than just throwing paint on a canvas or piece of paper in the hope that something wonderful will emerge. Instead, it takes a plan, at least to get things started. In this three-hour workshop you will learn the basic concepts and theories of abstraction from internationally renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards who is quite well known for his watercolor abstracts. This information packed workshop will focus on finding inspiration for a painting, building a strong composition, creating a multitude of textures, saving white paper, building dynamic darks to create drama, layering positive and negative shapes and so much more. Sterling will also teach how to paint with the large stiff bristle brushes that he designed himself for achieving beautiful washes of color, softening edges, and creating exciting textures. If you have struggled with abstract painting or maybe you are ready to try something new and exciting, then this is the workshop for you. See for yourself why Sterling Edwards is one of the most sought-after watercolor instructors in the U.S.  

This workshop is for all skill levels, however; previous drawing and watercolor experience is always beneficial.

Supply List:

The following is a list of recommended materials and tools for watercolor workshops conducted by Sterling Edwards. Participants are encouraged to bring what they have and refer to this list if they need additional items. It is not necessary; however that everyone have the exact products that Sterling uses since the techniques that you will learn work well with a wide variety of materials. Sterling ALWAYS encourages workshop participants to use professional grade materials to obtain the best results. 

Paper:  A good cold pressed watercolor paper is recommended. Sterling prefers 140lb and 300lb cold pressed Fabriano Artistico Traditional White watercolor paper or Arches 300 lb cold pressed Traditional paper if more texture is required. Paper can be purchased in blocks of various sizes and in individual sheets. Blocks usually consist of several pieces of paper that are glued around the edges. If individual sheets are purchased it is recommended that a mounting board of some type is also brought to the workshop.

Brushes: A good assortment of round and flat brushes is necessary for most of the styles of painting that are demonstrated in Sterling’s workshops. Recommended brushes are; a #4, #6, #8, and #12 round watercolor brushes, and a liner or rigger brush. Flat brushes should include a ½”, 1”, and a 2”. One or two flat stiff bristle brushes such as oil painting brushes should also be brought to the workshop. They are excellent for lifting shapes and blending edges. Sterling uses the brushes that he designed, the Sterling Edwards Blending and Glazing Brushes. They are available in 1”, 1 ½”, and 2”.

Paint: Paints will be provided for you by HK Holbein. Sterling uses and recommends professional grade watercolor paints. There are several good quality paints on the market that can be purchased at most art supply companies. Select a wide variety of at least twelve to fourteen colors. NOTE: Sterling uses a palette that is predominately transparent. All of the techniques that Sterling teaches work with opaque and semi-opaque colors as well as transparent. Sterling uses the following Holbein Watercolors:

Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Permanent Yellow Deep, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna,

Brilliant Orange, Umber, Quinacridone Scarlet, Bright Rose, Permanent Violet, Payne’s Gray, 

Royal Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultra Marine Deep, Green Gray

Palette: A good watercolor palette with a lid is necessary. There are many styles to choose from. (Sterling uses a palette that he designed to accommodate large brushes, The Sterling Edwards Big Brush Palette) 

Miscellaneous tools and accessories:

Drawing pad


Roll of toilet tissue

Roll of paper towels

Box of facial tissue     (Buy the cheap stuff, not the brands that have facial lotion in them)

Kneaded eraser or soft art eraser

Hand held hair drier

Camera for photographing demos (Video recording of any kind is strictly prohibited at Sterling’s workshops)

Reference photographs

Two containers for water

Jacket or sweater (The air conditioning is sometimes kept cooler because of all the hair dryers and crowd size)           

Mounting Board for your loose paper

1” Masking Tape

Students are not required to use the same paints or any other materials I use for my paintings. The main focus of my workshops is techniques and creativity, not color.

Time Of Workshop :  
1pm - 4pm
Date Of Workshop :  
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Instructor :  
Sterling Edwards

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