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



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.