Course Code SC2004350
Tutor Jennifer McRae RSA
Course Dates Monday - Thursday, 16th August - 19th August 2021
Days 4
Times 10.15am - 4.15pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £350
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

In this masterclass, you will be painting with media of your choice – watercolour, acrylics or oils. You will be painting from two models over four days, incorporating both short and sustained poses. The variation of composition on a daily basis during the course will inspire freshness of vision and encourage experimentation, as well as focus on nuance and the particular. For those wishing to concentrate on working with a water-based medium on paper, this offers the opportunity and time to experience what watercolour has to offer.

This exciting course is an intensive four days that offers a high level of tutor contact time. You will work under the expert guidance of Jennifer McRae RSA, whose work can be found in a number of collections including the Royal Collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Advanced level.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

For painting with watercolours Jennifer suggests to bring the following:

  • pencils to draw out first if wished
  • plastic palette or tear off palette pad
  • a good set of varied watercolour colours (pans or tubes as preferred by the student). Gouache and acrylic can also be included.
  • an outlay of paper depending on ambition over the weekend. Bockingford is lovely as is arches, some cheaper thinner for sketchy beginnings to warm up. Then 4 or more sheets of decent heavier paper. I like Bockingford 400gm but lesser is good too.
  • kitchen roll instead of rags
  • masking tape or clips to secure the paper to a board
  • an assortment of soft watercolour brushes ranging in size from fine to broad will allow for all kinds of experimentation with marks & washes
  • several small jars or pots, plastic cups for the water ( several small vessels are better than one large- keeps the paint purer and cleaner for a fresher painting.)
  • masking fluid, gum arabic and other corresponding mixers and blockers can be brought along and tried out too.
  • Working flat allows for washes and unusual broad wet marking, sometimes an interesting beginning pre drawing over from the model(s). The student can feel free to collage with ripped thinner watercolour friendly paper glued on to the working paper as a pre base before bringing their sheets to the class if they wish to try painting a few pieces through textured areas. The more varied the supply of paper the more scope during the course.

About Your Tutor


Jennifer McRae is mainly a figurative painter based in Edinburgh. Jennifer works predominantly with oil, watercolours, canvas, paper. Jennifer’s work can be found in number of collections including National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection and many others. 



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.
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Fee: £350.00