Course Code OC2102T05
Tutor Kim Whitby
Course Dates Saturday, 12th February 2022
Days 1
Times 10.30am – 4.30pm
Experience Level Beginner
Fee £90
Location Online
This is a fun day-long taster course in watercolour painting for those who may be considering a longer evening or daytime course and are wondering how much they will enjoy it.
Throughout the day the tutor will lead the class in numerous short demonstrations , followed by sort practical painting sessions to introduce you to the common techniques used in watercolour painting. The tutor will demonstrate how to mix colour with an emphasis on working tonally, and the importance of  planning the sequences needed for a work on paper.
You will make many ‘sketchbook style’ explorations in the morning (although these may be done on sheets of paper), learn about paper varieties, paint types and some additional materials, whilst practically manipulating watercolour paint.
During a part of the afternoon students will have the opportunity to apply their learning and paint from a selection of still life items*. Tutor feedback and support will be constant during this longer afternoon painting session. A short review of learning will complete the day. Throughout the day you will be encouraged to play and enjoy the application of paint whist also developing an understanding of ways of working from observation.
*This course is remotely taught. A list of essential materials and still life items will be provided. Please plan ahead to gain the most from your day. The course price was adjusted to exclude price of the materials which are usually provided by the Academy.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner level.

  • 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.

Other course levels include:

  • 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.

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 course is taught online using Zoom platform.

What materials will I need

Please find below a list of the materials you will need to have for this course:
*2 or 3 Sketchbooks WITH WATERCOLOUR PAPER inside. A BULLDOG clip or two.
Seawhite of Brighton make a good quality and affordable version of a WATERCOLOUR SKETCHBOOK. Bockingford is a good reliable paper. Cass and Jacksons . I use Moleskine and Royal Talens sketchbooks myself and Seawhite whilst teaching.
( NB I DO NOT recommend watercolour sketchbooks from The Works.)
OR WATERCOLOUR PAPER in sheets WITH a DRAWING BOARD and MASKING TAPE to secure whilst using. (A piece of MDF board  for DIY would be fine.)

*A selection of brushes for watercolour
….if possible one  round, filbert, a flat and a rigger. Plus any others you have AND a 4/6H pencil (that is a very hard one)
(Please make sure they are not all small please……one  1-2cms wide – or even larger with size 6 being the smallest round and 1-2cm for the largest (my filbert and flats are 2.5cm wide.)

*Watercolour paint in the form of PANS or TUBES
Seven watercolours …try to keep it a small selection and if you have other colours remove them from your selection on the day.
I suggest:
Lemon yellow (I use Cadmium light)
Darker egg yolk yellow (I use Cadmium dark)
Bright red like a post box(mine is Cadmium red)
Crimson red (my preference Alizarin Crimson)
Light blue like the sky(I have Cerulean)
Darker blue (mine is French Ultramarine- maybe Cobalt? – Prussian blue or Phthalo?)
Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber. (but not too warm – I find these wary greatly by brand)

*Tissue/cloth/kitchen paper

*Mixing palette/tray/plastic plate/ceramic plate – but a watercolour tin will do the trick if you have your paints in one, which is what I use. Or you may use old jam jar lids/plastic tub lids etc

*Waterpot (or jam jar) 
Think about a water bottle of painting water and waste water bucket depending on where in your home you will be working….you may not have access to the sink where the best WiFi signal is if you are like me! 

*Pencil to draw (2-8B) and a little regular cartridge paper eg A4 copier paper.
*Still life items – please gather….one example
(Fruits/Veg are good examples but it is colour that is key…anything similar to….)
Red apple/pomegranate/chilli pepper/tomato
Yellow banana/lemon/pepper
-Orange orange/onion/
Green apple/lime/grapes/cauliflower/chilli/
Purple grapes/plum/red onion/aubergine
Blue plate/checked blue and white tea towel/blue and white plate
*Please think about where you will work. You may wish to cover the table top and protect your clothing. I always stand to work…you may find this easier too? See note on water too.

Technical equipment

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials  and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lesson will be facilitated through Zoom platform. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

We will not be held responsible for any technical issues that you might experience with your own equipment or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.

Further Details

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
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Code of Conduct

Code Of Conduct 

We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid the following:

  • Interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.


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Fee: £90.00