Course Code E2003P36
Tutor Kim Whitby
Course Dates Thursdays, 15th April - 17th June 2021
Days 10
Times 10.30am – 4.30pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500
Location Online

This course aims to introduce students to the water-based mediums of watercolour and ink. Both indoors and as originally planned, outdoors (for those who wish to develop their working outdoors where a Zoom Phone App might prove useful), you will work responsively, exploring the particular qualities of these mediums. You will be 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/desired.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

NB ​Kim Whitby will present a short online IGTV video explaining the materials list and showing the items you will need for this course. This film will also explain the items which will be used in the first session and introduce the tutor to you. The link will also be available on Moodle.

Please make sure you are well equipped for the course.

Gather a collection of watercolour brushes and implements – small and large up to 2-3cm in flats, filberts, rounds, chinese, dipping pen, and anything else which makes marks you enjoy – see image below.

Make sure you have a range of watercolour paper and watercolour sketchbooks.
A good quality cartridge paper sketchbook is also useful.
We will use full sheets of paper so it may be better to buy paper in larger formats which you can cut down. A roll of Fabriano may be a useful investment.

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.

  • Brushes selection – see below link and photo here. ush-zip-case-set-of-10.htm

    Some of mine are very cheap – painting and decorating brushes/cheap chinese brushes/childrens art

    brushes…only a few are expensive!

  • Range of soft pencils B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B etc plus one hard pencil e.g 6H eraser too!
  • Black Winsor and Newton drawing ink – the one with the Spider on the front!
  • A dipping pen with nib
  • Watercolour sketchbooks 2-3 minimum (A3-A5) (Seawhite of Brighton, Moleskine, Royal Talens….anything that says watercolour paper…avoid watercolour paper from The Works, this is not appropriate) eets-225gsm.htm
  • A few sheets of watercolour paper. 4 Hot Pressed, 1-2 Not, 1-2 Rough (Bockingford/Cass/Seawhite of Brighton/Jacksons or Saunders Waterford by St Cuthberts Mill are good. -of-25.htm
  • 2-3 sheets of good thick Cartridge Paper m
  • Full sheets of Blotting Paper (4-5)
  • OPTIONAL roll of Fabriano paper, prices vary online
    Fabriano Accademia Drawing Rolls 1.5m x 10m 120gsm£21.65London Graphic Centre
  • WATERCOLOURS – in tubes or half pans. 7 colours only please.
    Light Cadmium Yellow
    Deep Cadmium Yellow
    Cadmium Red
    Alizarin Crimson
    French UltraMarine
    Cerulean Blue
    Burnt Umber

    You may find a suitable set (e.g. Cotman) but you might need to supplement this with additional colours

  • Water and jars/water pots
  • Drawing board/table top/sheet of MDF to create a suitable working area protected with plastic or ink spills

    and splatters

  • Masking tape
  • A small amount of PVA glue, scissors and tonal papers for session 1 (white, black and different grades of

    grey paper). ​Still life items session 1 + 2​ items (in red, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple-ish colours

    eg. plate, fruit, cloth, vegetable, mug, vase, tin, jar, etc.)

  • Bulldog clips
  • Plastic pots/palette/jam jar lids for mixing around 8 pots
  • A suitable bag to carry your equipment out and about if hoping to sketch outdoors
  • Tissue roll (Regina or similar) or reusable cloths eg old facecloths
  • wax crayon or tea light candle or clear wax resist crayon….I find the best results with a tea light candle.
  • Masking fluid


  • A hairdryer/fan heater might be useful. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN USING IT NEAR WATER.
  • Later in the course we may use a lamp or boxes to create interior scenes but this will be explained the week

    before each session and is very flexible.

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

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.


This is an Online Course.

Refreshments and Facilities

Access to a common room and kitchen is limited while distancing measures are in place. It can be used by up to 12 people (from the same class) at scheduled break times only. The kitchen can be used by 1 person at a time for hand washing and waste disposal facilities only.

Students are currently not able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food. Students are able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available. The payment is contactless.

Mugs are not available for use, and students are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs if they wish to use the coffee machine.

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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during 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 images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £500.00