Sterling Edwards

Creating Expressive & Dynamic Watercolors

May 20-26, 2017 (Five Teaching Days)

Spend five days with internationally renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards as he shows you how to create a painting that stands out from the crowd. You’ll learn how to create energy in your painting with a balance of positive and negative shapes, how to build rich values and save white paper, and how to use expressive color just to name a few. You’ll also learn numerous ways to create drama in your paintings with expressive brushwork and balancing hard and soft edges, while becoming more aware of the importance of painting in an interpretive style rather than simply copying what you see. Sterling will show you easy and effective ways to find suitable subject material, how to build a strong composition, and how to create a piece of art that is different and thought provoking.

This workshop is intended for all skill levels and will cover a wide variety of watercolor techniques and subjects. If you’re ready to take your painting to new levels and push the boundaries of your creative side then this is one workshop that you won’t want to miss. See for yourself why Sterling’s workshops are so popular, educational, inspiring, and fun.


Sterling Edwards is a listed contemporary watermedia master and photographer born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1951. At age twelve, he was enrolled in oil painting classes after his parents noticed that he had a natural ability to draw. From that time until the present he has been intrigued with art of all mediums and has taken advantage of every opportunity to expand his knowledge and skills. Though Sterling is predominantly self-taught, his work has been influenced by his friend and master artist, the late Zoltan Szabo.

Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors. He usually paints with large brushes to capture the basic shapes of his subject while keeping detail to a minimum. Once the basic shapes have been identified he looks for opportunities to overlap and interlock the shapes to create balance in the painting and to develop a strong composition. This combined with a dramatic balance of strong light and dark values, and unusual and expressive colors patterns, results in a unique painting that is often a balance of abstract and representational design that captures the mood and dynamics of the subject as interpreted by Sterling.

In 1993 Sterling began teaching his style of painting at workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine in an article titled, “Ones to watch” and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles nationwide. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an international organization based in Toronto, Canada that recognizes those who have mastered transparent watercolor. Also in 2007 Sterling designed and introduced a signature set of watercolor brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally. In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America. That same year he was selected as a featured artist in the book, “Best of America Watermedia Artists” published by Kennedy Publishing Company. He is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”, published by F+W Publishing Company and is a contributing artist in six other books by various publishers. In 2013 Sterling was proudly accepted by invitation into the International Watercolor Society.

Today Sterling’s book, signature line of products, and instructional DVD’s are marketed worldwide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world and he is represented by several galleries in the U.S and Canada. He works from his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $595
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $665
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $790
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Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $457
(There are 6 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
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CCancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary

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Workshop Itinerary

For this week, the arrival date is Saturday, not our normal Sunday.

Saturday, 5/20
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5/21-5/25
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own or Box Lunches can be ordered (pre-order required)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Wednesday, 5/24
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 5/26
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Monday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.

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