Ian de Hoog - Capturing Birds in Watercolor (Online); Saturdays, September 10-October 1, 2022

Date: Saturdays, September 10-October 1, 1-hour bonus critique session October 8, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM Pacific Time (1:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:30 PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: Watercolor

Discover tools and techniques for painting birds in watercolor. Each session will start with a presentation/demonstration, followed by student participation. Students will be able to show their work online for individual and group discussions. There is also an online forum where they can share their paintings, leave comments and ask questions. Recordings of each session will be available to stream each week.

Week 1 – Sketching and drawing birds for watercolor

The ability to draw good shapes is crucial to success in painting birds but you don’t need to draw everything. We will work through simple techniques to create the form and parts of a bird while discussing when to stop drawing and begin painting.

Week 2 – Sketching birds with watercolor

This week we will expand on the drawings and start applying paint! We will look at a couple of techniques for creating “quick” sketches of birds in a sketchbook. Going forward, it will be your work in a sketchbook that will contribute the most to the development of your finished paintings.

Week 3 – Stationary birds (Perched and standing)

The week the focus will be on working through the steps to create a finished painting of a perched or standing bird. A variety of techniques will be introduced to help the student increase their confidence with their brushwork and ability to introduce value and texture into their work.

Week 4 – Flying birds and creating new forms from reference material

Building on the knowledge learned, we will learn to paint flying birds in the final week. Focusing on composition, shape and technique an effort will be made to help the student add the element of flight to a bird painting that will complement rather than distract from the overall subject of the painting.

Ian de Hoog is a Canadian artist and teacher working primarily in watercolour. He is an active member of the South Surrey and White Rock Arts Society, Semiahmoo Arts Society and the Federation of Canadian Artists. As an instructor, Ian is a frequent contributor to the Visiting Artists series for the Opus Arts Supply chain in British Columbia and is a watercolour instructor at the Shadbolt Centre for Fine Arts in Burnaby, BC. In addition to this Ian has also travelled throughout BC to give various workshops and demonstrations to different art groups and societies.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.