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Weekend Workshop -Colour…How to make it your Slave! with Catherine Robertson(acrylic/oil)

May 16 & 17, 2020

Colour…How to make it your Slave! with Catherine Robertson(acrylic/oil)

Mixing what you want for the effects you want. No more mud!

Cost: Member $140.00

Non-Member $165.00


CLOSES ON May 1st, 2020

Maximum of 16 people in class so register early

Workshop dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2020 in the Visual Arts Studio at the South Surrey Recreation Centre, 14601 20th Avenue, South Surrey, BC

Time:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. to set up

Class Description:  Learn how to mix the exact colours you wish each time, no more ‘mud’, along with many other important and useful techniques necessary for harmony. The use of neutral areas, proportions, clarity, playing warms against cools, making colour ‘glow’, setting the mood, values and accents in colour etc. 

A thorough colour knowledge assists in beautiful work as well as peace of mind in the often-confusing task of colour mixing.  (we will be making our own 12-point colour wheel, based on the 12-hour clock)!  One exercise will mix ‘requested’ colours and explains why we used what we did for the result.

 Supply List:

Oils, Acrylics OR Prismacolour Coloured Pencils

Cadmium Red Light, Cad. Yellow Light, French Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Titanium White, Cobalt or Ivory Black, any other colours of ‘your’ choice. The equivalent colours if using coloured pencils.

  • Low odour paint thinner/solvent for Oils. 
  • water container(s) for acrylics
  • paper peel palette for mixing
  • brushes of choice but one 1/2″ Flat
  • pencil sharpener for coloured pencils
  • any other favourite supplies you use yourself
  • please bring along a picture or two you might use as subject matter.
  • rags or paper towels
  • 5 – 6, or more, small dollar-store canvas for practice. (approx. 8 ” x 10″ or larger. Your choice). 
  • A drawing pad if using coloured pencils

Weekend Workshop -Colour…How to make it your Slave! with Catherine Robertson

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Thursday – Ian de Hoog – Composition, Design, and Process in Watercolour (Apr 2020)

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




All paints are Daniel Smith

❏ Hansa Yellow Medium

❏ Yellow Ochre

❏ Pyrrol Red

❏ Permanent Alizarin Crimson

❏ Ultramarine

❏ Phthalo Blue GS

❏ Green Gold

❏ Sap Green

❏ Venetian Red

❏ Van Dyck Brown

❏ Payne’s Blue Grey


❏ Large

❏ 1” Hake

❏ Mop brush size 14

❏ Medium

❏ Round size 8, 12

❏ Small

❏ Chinese calligraphy brush

❏ Rigger size 4

❏ Dagger/Stripper


For workshops it is best to use ¼ to ½ sheet size though you can of course use whatever size you wish.  Ian will demonstrate on ½ sheets.

❏ Arches or Saunders Waterford 140 lbs Rough paper

❏ Small sketchbook


Sponges, towel, tissues, water container (x2), masking tape, 2b –6b pencil, charcoal sticks, water spray bottle, hair dryer, painting boards & lightweight easel.

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

not used Layering Paint and Creating Expressive Edges with Lalita Hamill

REGISTRATION Opens June 1 and is done online

Please note that registration for this workshop closes Sept 6th @ 6 p.m.

Workshop dates: Saturday and Sunday, Sept 14 and 15, 2019
in the Visual Arts Studio, South Surrey Rec. Centre
Time:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. to set up

Cost: Member $175.00

Non-Member $200.00

Maximum of 16 people in class so register early


Students can expect to complete one or two studies in two days.  We will use the Old Master alla prima techniques for layering, beginning with wet and thin and ending with dry and thick.  We will also focus on brushwork and creating a variety of edges to create further interest and expression in your piece.

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Not Used ANATOMY OF A LANDSCAPE IN ACRYLICS with Georgina Johnstone

with Georgina Johnstone

Visual Arts Studio, South Surrey Rec. Centre
Time:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. to set up
 All levels – beginners welcome.

Cost: Member $140.00

REGISTRATION is done online

Please note that registration closes on October 5th, 2019 at 6 p.m.

There are 10 spots open in the following workshop…

We have 6 registered but need a minimum of 8 registrants for this workshop to proceed.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all levels to learn from this amazing artist. 

Why not invite a friend to join you!  Non members are welcome to register as well.

Please note that registration closes on October 5th, 2019 at 6 p.m.Cost: Member $140.00
Non-Member $165.00

Maximum of 16 people  

Workshop dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, 2019
in the Visual Arts Studio, South Surrey Rec. Centre
Time:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. to set up

I enjoy the challenge of painting any subject, but I’m always drawn to landscapes. I am fascinated by the concept of the horizon, the coming together of sky and earth (or water) to create a line that doesn’t exist in reality. Any painting we create is a window into a world. It may be a painting of a dappled forest, a mountain vista, a cup and saucer on a table or the flowers in your garden, but when hung on a wall it extends the viewer’s vision into a space beyond the wall. Using the tricks and tools at our disposal we entice the viewer into that world, hopefully to stay awhile.

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Getting to Know You

Our GTKY subject this month is Carole Milne. Carole does a sterling job of keeping our website up to date, organizing and taking care of weekend workshops, the Thursday night free classes and also working on the Society handbook
“I started out with the Coquitlam Fine Arts in 1988, then moved to Burnaby and was a member of the Richard Major Group of Artists and the Burnaby Artist Guild for approximately ten years (I was an executive member for two years). I was a member of the Eileen Fong Gallery in Tinsel Town for five years. This was a working co-op of artists and was a fun time for all the artist involved. A big thank you to Eileen Fong for developing and organising this. Eileen is also a member of SSWRAS.
We moved to South Surrey from Burnaby (Deer Lake area) in 2010 and I joined the White Rock Arts Council (now Semiahmoo Arts) first and then the South Surrey and White Rock Art Group. I was also a member of The Delta Artist Guild in Tsawwassen for one year. I am currently a member of the SSWR Art Society, Semiahmoo Arts and an active member of The Canadian Federation of Artists.
I started with Coquitlam Fine Arts in 1988 shortly after my husband died suddenly. I was 40 and starting a new life and I decided I was going to do something for myself that I had always wanted to do and never had the chance to. I thought awhile about what I should do and it was art, so I joined Coquitlam Fine Arts working in watercolour.
I have had two episodes of health concerns in my life that prohibited me from painting for long periods of time. In 2005 it was discovered that I was going blind. Thank God they had an operation to fix that, as it was both eyes. Unfortunately I lost my fine vision and had to change my method of painting and could no longer do very detailed work. In 2010 I was diagnosed with a serious, fast-spreading cancer. I was out of commission both times with numerous operations for about five years, but as soon as I could I went back to painting.
I love to learn about art, and learn more by doing than reading, so the Thursday night classes being set up are right up my alley. I enjoy all the members and hope that they are enjoying and learning from this experience. I really feel that SSWRAS is the best art group around and we offer the most to our members of any art organisation in the lower mainland. This is thanks to all the work put in over the years by some of our members who raised so much money to allow us to be in this position. The group of executives we have right now are real thinkers and doers, and not afraid to step outside the box to accomplish things, to the good of all of our members.
I originally started with watercolours painting mostly flowers, then landscapes and a lot of people in detailed costumes with very small one or two haired brushes. I continued to paint in watercolour for about 25 years. I started using acrylics and did not like them at all, but I continued trying them again every once in awhile. I didn’t like the fast drying time and found it hard to achieve the colours I wanted so I put them away for a few years. Then I tried oils and really loved the blending you could do with them. Then I went back to acrylics and now I really like them and have been painting more in acrylics than watercolour or oils. Depending on the scene I try to determine which medium would be best for the subject matter.
I originally painted flowers, but now landscapes primarily. I also enjoy doing funky things and abstract. I love variety, so nothing is the same. Variety is the spice of life. I love to do palette knife work, but I’m still working on the best methods for this and on my strokes.
My favourite colours are blues, red, oranges and purple. In addition to painting I like designing and making clothes. I am also a quilter.
Some of my favourite artists are: Emily Carr, Norman Rockwell, Robert Genn, Tony Onley, Steven Quiller, Kihai Kececi, James Koll, Lalita Hamill, Robert McMurray, Georgina Johnstone, Sheryl Walker and Anne Morrison.
On my travels I have visited: Stephen Quiller’s Gallery, in Crede, Colorado (I also took a weekend workshop with him in Sydney, B.C.); The Norman Rockwell Museum and Studio in Stonebridge, Massachusetts; and Georgia O’Keefe’s Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
One tip I’d like to share is—keep practicing, eventually you will get it. It’s all a matter of learning. Don’t give up. I’ve just discovered spatulas and I love them.
I’m working on a variety of things at the moment. The big one is studio cleaning and reorganizing, so I will be able to work better. I’m also working on the courses for SSWRAS, the website, the Society handbook and I’m also trying to find time to paint—which is happening. So I’m a happy camper.”