Wet tonal ink drawing – still life with Kim Whitby


Ref: SWE11345

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About this course

Develop your concept of tone, pattern and mark-making, or techniques compatible with watercolour. Make observational artwork and produce a still life drawing in ink.

Course Description

The course aims to develop the concept of tone using wet drawing in ink. You will be encouraged to investigate ways of representing texture and pattern in water-based drawing and explore the role of different brushes and tools. You will see demonstrated some wet drawing techniques and have the opportunity to develop wet drawing skills and techniques with support. Many of these processes are also applicable to watercolour, so this course is also suitable to the aspiring watercolourist.

You will use ink and water to explore the concept of tone on paper. You will work directly from observation to gather sketches and make explorations directly from a variety of textured and patterned items in ink. You will see demonstrations of mark-making and develop and apply your own wet drawing mark-making repertoire, in a studio setting.

By the end of the course, you will have made observations, sketches and references in tonal ink. You will have used and reflected on the role of brushes and mark-making tools in water-based drawing and will have gathered a collection of observations for your future reference. You will complete the course by producing a more extended observational composition of wet drawing by making a still life drawing in ink on paper.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Blotting paper, tissue roll, masking tape, water pots, some ink, cartridge paper and some Saunders Waterford 640gsm paper.

What students need to bring

  • Wax tea light candle.
  • Absorbent cloths/tissue.
  • A selection of brushes in a range of sizes including house painting style brushes - 1cm, 2cm and 3cm.
  • Please also bring any items listed in available to buy that you may have.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 2 or 3 sketchbooks A5/A4 (NB - watercolour paper sketchbooks or VERY heavy cartridge at a push)
  • A few loose sheets of paper
  • A selection of brushes rounds/flats/filberts/riggers in a range of sizes
  • Pencils 4H, HB and 2B
  • Dipping pen and nib
  • Masking fluid
  • Daisy palette/mixing pots
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Kim Whitby

Kim Whitby is an experienced educator with a first degree in Art Education at King Alfred's College in Winchester and has latterly gained a Fine Art Masters Degree at Aberystwyth University. She teaches regularly in London and with organisations, groups and societies. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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