Thursday Night Classes

South Surrey White Rock Art Society Thursday Night Classes are Free BUT with Limited Enrollment!
**NEW** Click HERE to see the list of upcoming Thursday Night workshops for 2018!! Registration opens on October 25th.
Thursday night is our painting and fun nights. Come join us and learn! The classes are open to members only and are FREE!

Classes are Thursdays evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre, Visual Arts Room, 14601 20th Avenue, Surrey.

Attendees are expected to

  • Arrive at 6:15 pm to help set up and get yourself set up and ready for class.
  • Refrain from wearing any scented products like perfume, cologne/aftershave, scented hand creams, etc. as many people have sensitives to these products in the class or at our monthly meetings (please save those for your date nights!).
  • Assist with the take down at the end of the class

For all Thursday night classes, you must pre-register. This can be done in one of two ways –
1. by email at workshopchair@artsociety.ca providing the following information
Name / Phone number / Email address / Class Name / Class Dates
OR
2. by signing up at the meeting and providing your Name, email and phone number

Thursday evening classes are NOT run on a drop-in basis. Those that sign up for these classes are expected to attend each of the nights the class is offered. Once you have signed up please make note of the class(es) you have signed up for. A reminder email will go out in advance of the class BUT please be sure to make note of all classes you sign up for.

Please familiarize yourself with the society’s refund policy and review the workshop/classroom courtesies posted the website.

If, after you have signed up for the classes you find that you can not attend please notify the workshop chair as soon as possible so that someone on the waitlist or another member can take advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity offered to the SSWR Art Society members.

Please Note: If the course is full please submit your name to be added to the wait list. If a spot becomes available you will be notified.

If you have ANY questions or have to cancel please contact the Workshop Chair, Violet Smythe at workshopchair@artsociety.ca and not the instructor. Thank you!

Upcoming workshops:

    Robert H McMurray, AFCA, FCA - Bring your gear and let’s paint - FULL - wait list available

    Bring your gear and let’s paint with Bob McMurray - Acrylic or Oil

    Five Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1, 2018
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    Working in oils or acrylics from photo reference, we’ll explore the process of starting and finishing a painting. Do you need everything that’s in the photo? Can you improve on composition? What should you leave out or change? Develop a full range of values? When to stop? How do you finish?

    Bob's website: http://artists.ca/rmcmurray

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    Ian de Hoog - Confident Watercolour - Prepare then Paint - FULL - wait list available

    Ian de Hoog - Confident Watercolour - Prepare then Paint

    Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: Feb 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8 & 15
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    “Chance favours only the prepared mind” - Louis Pasteur

    Sudden flashes of insight don’t just happen— they are the products of preparation. Preparation, therefore, is the key to success in watercolour.

    Over six sessions we will look at subject selection, composition, sketching/perspective, colour theory and of course painting in watercolour. The goal is to set you up for success! Watercolour rarely rewards the painter who just squirts out a little paint and starts sloshing it around the paper. For a medium that is so fluid and organic I have spent a lot of time feeling tight and rigid when using watercolor. It was only when I started to work before painting that I began to feel more freedom.

    Ian de Hoog’s website: www.iandehoog.com

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    Georgina Johnstone - Using a Limited Palette (Acrylics only) - FULL - wait list available

    Georgina Johnstone - Using a Limited Palette (Acrylics only)

    Five Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: March 22, 29 and April 5, 12, & 19
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    “If you’re anything like me you have bought dozens of paint colours because you were enchanted with the colour, and you had every intention to use them at some point. The problem is that having all those colours available can get very confusing. Don’t get me wrong. I love colour but having 14 different blues and 12 shades of yellow makes it hard to match that one particular green that you really liked and want to use again. After wasting time and paint on numerous occasions I decided to organize and use just a handful of colours—a warm and cool version of the 3 primaries. I still have all those others waiting on the sidelines if I want to invite them as ‘guests’.”.

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    Catherine Robertson - Make Your Colours Glow (Acrylic/Oil) - FULL - wait list available

    Catherine Robertson - Make Your Colours Glow (Acrylic/Oil)

    Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: April 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    Exciting and dramatic colour effects, along with subtle temperature and value changes, are explored in this class.

    The artist who loves the quietness, yet richness, of neutrals and is interested in the very important role they can play in your work, along with the warmth and joyfulness of brilliant colour, should find this exploration both fun and useful.

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    Violet Smythe - Artistry of the Flat Brush - FULL - wait list available

    Violet Smythe - Artistry of the Flat Brush

    Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5 & 12
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    In these classes you will explore painting with a flat brush, also referred to as a chisel brush. You will develop the ability to manipulate the brush; control the angles and pressure changes to capture the “essence” of your favourite garden flowers like Fuchsia, Coneflowers, Daisies, Iris, Lily, Clematis, Daffodils, Tulips and Pussy Willow - just to name a few!

    Use these beautiful creations to embellish your journals or adorn a special card or postcard for a special someone!

    Violet's website: vsmythedesign.blogspot.ca

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    Amy J. Dyck - Figurative Oil Painting for Beginners and Intermediates - 13 spaces available

    Amy J. Dyck - Figurative Oil Painting for Beginners and Intermediates

    Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: July 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 & 23
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    Prerequisite: basic drawing skills

    The human figure has inspired artists to express it's inherent beauty, emotion, and drama, for as long as we have been making marks on cave walls, but can also be some of the most difficult objects to render realistically and beautifully.

    Come join us as we deepen our ability to render the full figure skillfully with oils! Using photographic references (yours or mine), and artist demonstrations as a guide, we will work through the steps of the indirect method of painting by creating a basic under-painting first (with an emphasis on gesture, shapes, and values) and then layering on top with increasing degrees of complexity (looking for realistic skin tones, rounding forms, unity).

    ARTIST WEBSITE: www.amyjdyck.com

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    Catherine Robertson - Colour Pencil Techniques - 9 spaces available

    Catherine Robertson - Colour Pencil Techniques

    Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 & 11
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    Start drawing confidently and beautifully in colour pencil with lessons from artish and instructor Catherine Roberstson. Learn to choose the perfect materials for your skill level, budget and preferred subject matter. Learn about blending, how to add amazing textures and details. Move on to drawing a still life from objects you bring to class or from your refernce photos using techniques for underpainting, drawing shadows, creating atmospheric backgrounds and more.

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    Hazel Breitkreutz - Elements and Principles of Design (acrylic/oil) - 12 spaces available

    Hazel Breitkreutz - Elements and Principles of Design

    Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
    Class Dates: Oct 18, 25 and Nov 1, 8, 15 & 23
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
    You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
    Open to 15 Members Only

    The students should be prepared for an hour of theory or directives, followed by painting each week, and then critique of your work if you wish. We will look at the Elements and Principles of design and how to implement them while designing the image space. The class will be geared for those artists who are familiar with their chosen medium.

    “I will endeavour to direct the students in learning and implementing the elements and principles of design in developing the picture space. Developing the eye and abilities in the quest to critique their own works.”

    You can see samples of Hazel’s work in the Buckland Gallery in West Vancouver or on their website - www.bucklandsoutherst.com

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