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Zoom Ready?

Do not expect Zoom just to work!  If you plan on taking a class or just using it, test it first.  I started using computers when there was no keyboard, just punch cards, so I have a little experience!  I have used to computer to connect to clients around the world with little problems.  This week it all caught up to me when I was using Zoom!  I joined the Board Zoom meeting using my desktop and discovered the webcam did not work.  I had moved from Windows 7 to windows 10 some years ago and the webcam only worked on Windows 7.  I then realized that there was no microphone attached, so I could only listen and watch the meeting.  Maybe that was the reason it was a quick meeting!  I tried my laptop and by the end of the meeting I got it to work.  I am now getting ready for my wife Sandy to do a Zoom Art lesson, so I have been checking which of my 3 desktops and 4 laptops is best for her.  The answer is, I will be purchasing some new hardware!  The laptops that I do have with built in webcams seem to have problems with the speakers or the microphone.

What I thought was going to be a breeze, was anything but!  Be smarter than your webmaster and check to see you can Zoom with your computer now!  Then, Zoom a friend and do some art work together!

Wayne Wagstaff

May 2020 Challenge

Well without regular meetings, it has been a challenge to come up with a Challenge, but we have! The “May be at home challenge”. Due to the high cost of doing this on the internet there will be no prizes!

Hopefully you will enjoy the time you spend on it while you think of the rest of us, wishing we could be together to share the experience. 

The subject of the challenge is open. I had thought of doing something on Covid-19 like a boot stepping on it or have it in the background of the painting.  Others have suggested something springy like roses.  Choose whatever will put a smile on your face and you will enjoy doing. 

You can post your painting on our up on the web site, to Facebook page (South Surrey & White Rock Art Society) or email it to by May 31, 2020. 
      For questions/concerns, please contact Wayne Wagstaff, Webmaster
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Mt Cheam in Fall
Olivia Burage.jpg
Catherine Brown.jpg
Georgeadis, Jennifer -Play_of_Light
Tynehead Saw.jpg
Sofia and Lola.jpeg
Anna V Kopcok -  Oceanside
Mt Cheam in Fall
Olivia Burage.jpg
Catherine Brown.jpg
Georgeadis, Jennifer -Play_of_Light
Tynehead Saw.jpg
Sofia and Lola.jpeg
Anna V Kopcok -  Oceanside
Mt Cheam in Fall
Olivia Burage.jpg
Catherine Brown.jpg

How to Join a Meeting with Zoom

Here is an application that the schools are using that allow teachers to connect with their students and carry on classes. It is called Zoom and we will be using it. We hope you will find it easy to use and have fun with it. To help you, we have a link to a Youtube video Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection . Just click it and start watching.

Continue reading How to Join a Meeting with Zoom

Try your own meeting or get together!

You may want to try your own meeting, by connecting with artists, friends or family. Give it a try, it is free but only for 40 minutes, then your meeting is dropped unless the host is a paid member. The Society will be a paid host, so you can join us and stay on as long as we want. Members may be able to use the Society’s Paid account for unlimited get together if we can work out a method to control it. If you want more information on running your own meeting click here How to use Zoom for Remote and Online learning. Enjoy

Thursday – April 2 – May 7, 2020 – Ian de Hoog –

Composition, Design and Process in with Ian de Hoog

with Ian de Hoog

Dates:              April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2020

Time:               6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location:       Visual Arts Studio, South Surrey Recreation Centre

“Begin with the end in mind and then put first things first”  – Stephen Covey

Join me as we step through some of the more interesting aspects of creating a painting.  While some topics will definitely cross mediums, the focus of this class will be how these aspects are specifically affected by the watercolour medium.

Topics will include:

  • Scene simplification by focusing on shapes, not things
  • Connecting/interconnecting shapes with various wash techniques
  • Creating a value map and applying the map to the painting process
  • Texture as a compositional element and using dry brush techniques to create it
  • Using colour to create harmony
Continue reading Thursday – April 2 – May 7, 2020 – Ian de Hoog –

Sixty Years and still going!

It was over sixty years ago, that a group of “Artists” got together and formed what was to become White Rock Painting and Sketch Club in 1962 and later know as the South Surrey and White Rock Art Society. Today they are one of the largest art groups in the Lower Mainland and have a waiting list of over one hundred people.

History 1959 to 1977


History 1978 to 1992


The view of Sea to Sky Gondola – Story of Success!

Hello to all artist members of SSWRAS,
My painting ‘The view of Sea to Sky Gondola’ has won the second place in the juried art exhibition “2019 Scenes from Western Canada” and now is displaying at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island. Please check the information through the link below:

Because I did not received any email that announced the award information in advance until I went there to visit the art show and then found the surprise to me. Sorry about the kind of rush information.
The juried art exhibition is keep going until Sept. 15th.
Time & Hours: September 02-15, open 7 days a week, 

                        Monday-Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00 PM, 

                         Sunday, 10:00 to 3:00 PM

Location: FCA Gallery, 1241 Cartwright street, Vancouver

There is no opening reception. Sincerely welcome all artist members to visit the show. Hope that you all will enjoy the luxurious art trip and the beautiful scenery on Granville Island. Please let me know what you think and welcome any critique or opinion to me, thanks a lot to you all! 

Best wishes,

Chiao Chiao Yang

Visual Artist

Handy Tips for Acrylic Painters

All paint is a combination of a ‘glue’ and pigment. The glue in acrylic paint is a plastic consisting of microscopic spheres of polymer suspended in water. When the wa-ter evaporates as the paint dries the spheres come to-gether to bind the pigment. Make sure you use only a little water to thin your paints so the ratio of spheres to water is not diluted. This dilution can affect the paint’s bonding ability. Use Polymer Medium as a thinner in-stead.
Polymer Medium is available in Matte and Gloss and may also be used for glazes. Matte Medium is dull be-cause it contains a powder made of ground crustacea. The microscopic particles of the powder have jagged edges which hinder light refraction, thus giving a flat finish. Gloss Medium is clear and therefore shiny. Don’t use Matte Medium for thick or multi-layered glazes. The effect of the powder clouds the layers thus dulling the colours and forming a ’fogged’ appearance..