Course Code E1803P36
Tutor Kim Whitby
Dates Thursdays, 25th April - 27th June 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Beginner/Intermediate
Fee £500

This course aims to introduce students to the water-based mediums of watercolour and ink. Both indoors and outdoors, you will work responsively, exploring the particular qualities of these mediums and learning to use them in combination with drawing, to collect and record findings in a sketchbook and developing your learning into finished artworks in the studio or outdoors if appropriate.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner + level.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?


Sample colour mixing exercises with limited palette watercolours, and photographs of a suggested brushes selection will appear on my Blog page of my website – in November 2016.


Some materials will be provided by The Art Academy for his course. Fabriano watercolour paper will be available to purchase by the sheet for the duration of this course.

A basic Watercolour Pack which is tailored for this course will be available to purchase from the office on the 1st day of the term, we recommend you buy one if you do not have your own materials.

Watercolour Pack – £30

  • Watercolour paints box with small brush and limited selection of colours eg one burnt umber and two yellows reds & blues.
  • Brush round size 10
  • Brush small flat
  • Brush chinese style
  • Sketchbook – A6 landscape watercolour journal
  • Sketchbook – A3 portrait watercolour pad
  • Blotting paper


As well as buying the pack students will need to bring a few other materials of your own along to the sessions, below is a list of these materials you are required to provide for the course. Please also check the ‘what to bring’ sections above. Your tutor will advise if further materials or equipment are required as the course progresses.

As we will be working outdoor and indoors, within reasonable expectations, please dress warmly and come prepared to work outdoors. You may like to bring a chair/sit mat/or watercolour easel (although I use nothing more than a mat myself)

  • Brushes selection – 2” household painting brush – all the way down to a narrow rigger – photos available on my website Blog entry Nov 10 2016 – use the search bar and enter “brushes”.
  • Range of soft pencils B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B etc plus one hard pencil e.g 6H
  • Black Winsor and Newton drawing ink
  • A dipping pen with nib
  • Water bottle
  • Plastic pots for mixing around 8 pots
  • A suitable bag to carry your equipment out and about
  • A few bulldog clips
  • Tissue roll (Regina or similar)

wax crayon (optional)

NB DO NOT USE detergent of any kind when washing brushes, water bottles or pots!

Please check in advance of your class if the item you require is available, as the Academy may not have this in stock. Please note that the Academy shop d oes not sell watercolour equipment or materials other than those items listed in the Watercolour Pack , so these will need to be sourced externally. Materials can be purchased from the Academy shop during shop hours.

About Your Tutor

Kim Whitby initially pursued her art in the direction of teaching; completing a BED Hons teaching and art degree, at King Alfred’s College in Winchester in 1993 and working professionally afterwards. In late 2012 at home in Wales, she began a part time Fine Art Masters Degree at Aberystwyth University’s School of Art, which she completed in December 2014. Since then she has worked both as an artist and evolved her teaching to include adults of all ages, which she really enjoys. She teaches workshops and longer courses in Galleries, Museums and Arts Centres in Hampshire where she is currently located, and The Art Academy in Borough Market, London. Kim works directly from life, frequently on location and particularly enjoys heritage subject matter and structures. She was grateful to have gained access to work in and around HMS Victory in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard during her MA, and last year was selected to respond to Jane Austen’s House Museum and collection, as part of a commission for Hampshire Cultural Trust during the bicentenary commemorations of Jane Austen’s death. Kim works in ink, watercolour and oil. Sketchbooks form a key part of her process. She is interested in ideas about when drawing stops, and painting begins. Kim is delighted to have had her work recognised in the short period since her MA, through the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and by Artist and Illustrators Magazine selecting her as an “artist to watch 2017”. She won Pintar Rapido London 2016, which is an en plein air competition. She also won her way, as a ‘wildcard’, through to the final three, on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Art Academy Map

Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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