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SA1916 - Abstracting Watercolors: a Sure Fire Plan that Works

11/16/2019 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Edwards
watercolor, Abstract
$149.00 (3 seats left)

Abstracting Watercolors; a Sure Fire Plan that Works

Instructor: Sterling Edwards 

Class Code:  SA1916 

Sponsored by: HK Holbein, Savoir Faire    

Workshop Fee:  $139 + kit fee ($10) = $149

Skill Level: All  

Medium: Watercolor 

Time: Saturday, November 16, 2019 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:  SA1916 

Sponsored by: HK Holbein, Savoir Faire    

Workshop Fee:  $139 + kit fee ($10) = $149

Skill Level: All  

Medium: Watercolor 

Time: Saturday, November 16, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, it's not that easy to paint an eye catching abstract with watercolor. There's 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're 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. 

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 these exact products as the techniques that sterling teaches work well with a wide variety of materials. Professional grade materials are always recommended. 

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: 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. The following HK Holbein colors are Sterling’s preference; however, each artist should make their own decisions as to which colors and brands they like:

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

**Paints will be provided for you, or you can bring what you already have** 

Palette: A good watercolor palette with a lid is necessary. There are many styles to choose from. Sterling uses the palette that he designed; The Sterling Edwards Big Brush Palette.

 Miscellaneous tools: 

 Drawing pad

 Drawing pencil 

 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

 Hand held hair drier

 Camera for photographing demos    (Video recording cameras or devices of any kind are strictly prohibited)

 Reference photographs 

 Two containers for water

 Jacket or sweater              

 Mounting Board for your paper

 1” Masking Tape

Time Of Workshop :
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Date Of Workshop :
11/16/2019
Instructor :
Sterling Edwards

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