Watercolour and Ink


COURSE DATES: Fridays, 19th April – 7th June 2024

TUTOR: Laura Ribbons


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm


FEE: £500 + £15 materials fee

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

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. You will be learning to use them in combination with drawing, to collect and record findings in a sketchbook and develop your learning into finished artworks in the studio or outdoors if appropriate/desired.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the work of others, applying findings to own work.
  • Create drawings and paintings in colour and monochrome, both indoors and out, utilising wet mediums.
  • Create paintings that utilise the paper as the lightest tone/ colour.
  • Create drawings and paintings that utilise dry paper/brush and wet-on-wet techniques.
  • Create a series of experimental artworks utilising the different properties of watercolour and ink
  • Research, plan and complete a self initiated project.

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

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. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

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.


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.


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.


There is a materials cost of £15 which includes some materials for the course. You will need to 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.

Make sure you have a range of watercolour paper and watercolour sketchbooks, as you’ll often need to work across multiple surfaces.

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. The Academy stocks a small selection of A1 watercolour papers but other than this all materials will need to be sourced elsewhere.

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.


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

Laura Ribbons is an artist, curator and arts educator based in Hastings. Laura has been working in watercolours for over 10 years and is a passionate advocate for the medium. She is a graduate of Wimbledon College of Art with a degree in Fine Art (Painting). She was the winner of the 2012 Orbis Art Prize and was nominated for the Clyde & Co Art Awards the same year. In 2016 Laura gained a Masters degree in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent, allowing her to further develop her interests in plant-human relations and the climate crisis, both topics which conceptually inform her practice. Laura has exhibited widely and her works feature in a number of private collections across the UK, she has also exhibited in Spain where she lived from 2018 – 2019. In 2022 Laura was invited to take part in the Towner Gallery’s Open Plan Residency programme. As a socially-engaged arts practitioner Laura has worked on projects with a number of high profile galleries including the Towner Gallery, Watts Gallery – Artist Village and Pallant House Gallery.


Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • 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.

Materials & Equipment

  • 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 silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

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