Art Tuition

Kirstin White is an enthusiastic and experienced tutor who enjoys passing on her knowledge.

Watercolour painting lessons with Kirstin White.

Watercolour painting lessons are currently available, socially distanced, in Martyr Worthy or in Bursledon. The venues are COVID-secure.

Summer Term classes are now booking

In periods of lockdown, the art lessons will move onto WhatsApp.

If you need help using WhatsApp for the first time, please email

In periods of Lockdown, we move to WhatsApp for our art lessons.

The Lessons

All watercolour painting lessons with Kirstin White include instruction on how best to use and be imaginative with watercolour paint.  Class members use water-based paint and drawing media in order to follow an art lesson each week.  These groups are small and the two-hour art lessons are bite-size. The lessons will help you to build your watercolour painting skill and creativity in easy stages.  Many of the skills learned are transferable to other media.

The lessons are themed. Each month, the individual lessons are linked to an umbrella topic. You will be painting something different, almost, every week. Lessons build together to get you painting like a pro’ in no time!

Test pieces, examples, finished paintings and demonstrations make up the varied art sessions.  Consequently, weekly watercolour painting group with Kirstin White are fun, sociable and relaxed. 


The Venues

Martyr Worthy Village Hall

Watercolour painting lessons at Martyr Worthy Village Hall.

Martyr Worthy Village Hall is an appealing building, with a pleasant atmosphere, situated opposite St Swithun’s Church.

The venue is COVID-secure and social distancing is in place. In periods of lockdown, the art lessons will move onto WhatsApp.

There are four weekly class lessons in Martyr Worthy. They are on Wednesdays 10 am until 12 noon, Wednesday 2 pm until 4 pm, Thursday 10 am until 12 noon and Thursday 2 pm until 4 pm.

Weekly watercolour painting sessions in Martyr Worthy consist of an Advance Class, an Improvers Class, a Beginners Class and a Suitable-for-All Class. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced watercolourist, you will find the right weekly group for you in Martyr Worthy.

You may be interested to know that have a yoga class, at Martyr Worthy Village Hall, too! It all happens in Martyr Worthy!

Greyladyes Arts Foundation (GAF)

Watercolour painting lessons at GAF, Bursledon.

The GAF is a delightful community space in the heart of old Bursledon, Hampshire.

The venue is COVID-secure and social distancing is in place. Please remember to bring your face covering.

The class lessons in Bursledon are from 7 pm until 9 pm on Monday evenings.

Weekly watercolour painting sessions in Bursledon are Suitable-for-All, in other words, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced watercolourist, you will be welcome in the class. 

This is a relatively new group, which was formed on 23rd September 2019. Please enquire about availability before buying places.

To conform with COVID-19 guidelines, there will be a maximum of ten people per session in any class. Transference from one session to another in Martyr Worthy or Bursledon, across the week, will often be feasible, just ask.

What you will need

Six-week beginners courses include a materials and equipment pack. I strongly recommend that students purchase quality over quantity for their personal kit. This gives every student the best chance of success with watercolour painting and minimizes unnecessary frustration.
Requirements: Three 5ml tubes of Winsor and Newton Artists’ Quality Watercolour paint, in the following three colours. 1) Winsor Yellow, 2) Winsor Blue (Green Shade), 3) Permanent Rose. A red sable watercolour painting brush in size 12 – purchase one at the first class for £15. Good quality watercolour paper. This can be in loose sheets, spiral bound or in a block but whichever format you choose, make sure that is is 300gsm/140lb in weight and that the surface is described as ‘NOT’. Brands that I suggest are ‘Arches’ or ‘Saunders’. ‘Langton’ or ‘Bockingford’ are not as good but are suitable and more readily available. You will use a sheet about A4, or quarter imperial, size each week. Warning, do not buy Crimson and Black and expect to be able to follow the lessons! You will also want a plastic daisy well palette or two, a 6B pencil, an eraser, something to sharpen your pencil with, quarter-inch wide masking tape, toilet or kitchen roll and a couple of clean jam jars for water.

There are many suppliers both online and locally. Of the many, you might try Ken Bromley, Jackson’s. Frank Herring, the Picture Framing Shop at Hiltingbury, Perrys in Southampton or Cass Art at Winchester School of Art.