Course Code SC2003250
Tutor Kim Whitby
Course Dates Monday - Wednesday, 29th - 31st March 2021
Days 3
Times 10.15am - 4.15pm
Experience Level Beginner+
Fee £280
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This watercolour course is suitable for both complete beginners as well those who want to further develop their understanding of the watercolour medium and progress with their knowledge of its properties. During the course you will practically explore and practice number of skills including controlling tight details in watercolour, working using varied amounts of water, mark-making, lifting colour, representing textures and adding/ removing paint to create texture. These explorations will be based on first hand observations of real items, patterned surfaces, varied textures and surface finishes.

On the final day you will have time for a longer more finished painting which combines the course aims; both looser and more tightly painted areas. It will focus on planning the sequenced execution of this (and subsequent) work in watercolour. The final watercolour may take the form of an observed still life, or personally devised project by the student.

This course is suitable for beginners, although having followed an introductory day to watercolour or short course, would be beneficial as we will not have time to focus on every aspect of this complex medium. Some prior knowledge of drawing or understanding of very basic colour theory would be helpful.

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?

Students will be using the following materials during the lessons. Currently we recommend students bring their own equipment and materials to avoid sharing these with other students.

  • pencils, including a H4 or H6
  • brushes in different shapes and sizes (see photo to illustrate)
  • papers in various sizes (A5 – A3) and finishes – HP (hot pressed) , NOT (cold pressed) and Rough
  • sketchbooks
  • Sponge ink watercolours tubes or pans – I can suggest a set of 7 colours if wished (I use Cadmium Yellow Light and Dark, Cadmium Red, Alazarin Crimson, Cerluean Blue, French Ultra Marine and EITHER Burnt Sienna or a not too warm Burnt Umber)
  • masking fluid
  • wax crayon
  • tissue Clean pots for water and mixing – DETERGENT FREE – well rinsed
  • blotting paper – a single A2/1 sheet

Wearing an old shirt or apron would be advantageous.

About Your Tutor

KIM WHITBY

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.

WEBSITE

www.kimwhitby.com

Location

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”.

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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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  • If you would like more information or advice on courses at the Academy please contact shortcourses@artacademy.org.uk.
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£280.00

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