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


The following is a list of what I currently use. You do not need all of the paints that I have!! The palette is an expansion of what began as a split primary palette. I have marked the paints I use most often with (***). I have included the pigment number for the single pigment paints. Please check your tubes, you may already have the colour I am suggesting!!

Hansa Yellow Medium (PY97) ***
Quinacridone Gold (PO49) ***
Yellow Ochre (PY43) ***
Raw Umber (PBr7)
Quinacridone Rose (PV19)
Pyrrol Scarlet (PR255) ***
Deep Scarlet (PR101)***
Pyrrol Crimson (PR264)***
Phthalo Blue GS (PB15:3)
Ultramarine Blue (PB29) ***
Cerulean Blue Chromium (PB36) ***
Phthalo Green BS (PG7)
Undersea Green (premix)
Sap Green (premix) ***
Perylene Green (PBk31)
Burnt Sienna (PBr7) ***
Burnt Umber (PBr7)
Neutral Tint (premix) ***
Green Gold (premix)
Cobalt Teal Blue (PG50)
Cobalt Violet (PV14)

Mop #14
Round size #12, #8
Hake 1″, 2″
Rigger size #4

Arches 140 lbs cold press or rough  – try to work on a quarter sheet (11 x 15) and have at least one per class
I also use Opus Finest but they unfortunately don’t have a rough surface

Small sketchbook
2B or 4B pencil
Corrugated plastic panel 12 x 18 inches or similar
Masking tape
Paper towel
Small spray bottle
Cellulose sponge

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.

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 waitlist. 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 workshops@artsociety.ca and not the instructor. Thank you!