SLWS 2016 Workshops

Sterling Edwards Workshop:  Apr 4 – 8, 2016

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master 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. Since that time, he has been intrigued with art of all mediums and has taken advantage of every opportunity to expand his knowledge and perfect his skills. Predominantly self taught, Sterling has developed a unique style of painting that has gained international recognition and the respect of his peers, students, and art aficionados.

Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of nature, ranging from abstract expressionism to traditional. He usually paints with large brushes to capture the basic shapes of his subject while keeping detail to a minimum. He then looks for opportunities to overlap and interlock the shapes to create balance and dimension in the painting. This is combined with a bold composition, dramatic balance of light and dark values, and expressive brushwork and colors resulting in a unique, and often thought provoking, painting. Many of his paintings offer a combination of abstract and representational design that capture the mood and dynamics of the subject as interpreted by Sterling. 

In 1993, Sterling began teaching his painting styles and methods at workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Sterling’s work has been featured in a number of prestigious national publications including Watercolor Magic Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” and in Watercolor Artists Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, (CSPWC), an international transparent watercolor organization based in Toronto, Canada.  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, (TWSA) , and selected as a featured artist in the book, “Best of America Watermedia Artists”. He is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process” and is a contributing artist in six other books by various publishers. In 2013 Sterling was honored to be accepted, by invitation, into the International Watercolor Society

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Don Andrews Workshop:  Jun 13 – 17, 2016

Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor.  He has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa for over 30 years.

Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society, and two Best of Show awards from the New England Watercolor Society. 

Don is the author of the books, “Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor“, “Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor” and “Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist“. He has also created two DVD workshop sets that are based on what he teaches in a full week workshop: one on painting figuresand one set painting landscapes, as well as his DVD, “Making Watercolor Glow” taken from his original video. He is also featured in the Watson Guptill publication “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor” and North Light’s new book, “Confident Color”and has had numerous feature articles published in American Artistmagazine, and the Watercolor issue of American Artist.

For more information, please visit Don’s website at
Anne Abgott Workshop:  Oct 7 – 9, 2016

 Canadian born, Anne Abgott, maintains her studio in Cortez, Florida. She is the author of the #1 Best Selling Book “Daring Color”, published by North Light Books.

Anne is the past President of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and is a long time member of the Board of Directors of Art Center Manatee in Bradenton, Florida and chairs their Education Department.

Anne teaches workshops all over the United States and Canada. Her workshop and class schedule can be found on her web site. Anne competes in local and national exhibits, winning many awards along the way. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society as well as the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

For more information, please visit Anne’s website:

In early August the SLWS will be sending out registration forms for these workshops to members who have paid their 2015-2016 dues by August 1, 2015.  Workshops fill up early so pay your dues on time to take advantage of receiving our first notice.  The registration for these workshops will be opened to the public on September 15th with forms posted on our website.  

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