Watercolor from A to Z with Sterling Edwards

Carnegie Building Rotunda Room
Presented by
Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Grade Range
Adult - Adult
Member tuition
Non-member tuition

$570.00 (become a member)

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Supplies provided
Art Area
Visual Arts

This is a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. However, previous watercolor and drawing experience is very beneficial to gain the most from this workshop. 

A wide variety of watercolor techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. 

Each day will begin with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that students will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles, including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. Sterling prefers to use large brushes for most of his paintings, completing them with a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. 

Following lunch, students will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. There are no requirements as to what subject the student paints or what size they prefer to paint.

Sterling Edwards’ main objectives as a teacher is to go beyond merely teaching watercolor technique. He makes every effort to encourage the student to be creative with design and color in their painting. All of the techniques that he teaches work equally well with either transparent or opaque watercolor. It’s what the student does with the techniques that will truly distinguish the artist. 

The workshop will have a laid back and sometimes humorous atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions or request assistance with their painting. Sterling often offers one-on-one help in the afternoons for those who need additional assistance. Sterling’s workshops are designed to be fun, very educational, and inspiring.

Open to all levels.


Sterling Edwards

Visiting Artist / Workshop Instructor
CTAC Petoskey
Cancellation & Class Policies

Cancellation Policy for Multi-Day Workshops

Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment 30 days prior to the first workshop session.  If a workshop is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)

Student Withdrawal
Requests for cancellation by the student at least sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  Requests for cancellation by the student between thirty (30) and fifty-nine (59) days prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a 50% tuition refund . NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop.