Watercolour En Plein Air, at Dedham Hall

Dedham Hall, CO7 6AD
04/04/2020 - 11/04/2020

This course is carefully designed with the ‘serious improver’ in mind, and for those who want to further their practice of painting outdoors.

For students of this demanding medium Jem believes that treating all painting as ‘just practise’ and being willing to take chances (and learn from resulting ‘mistakes’) are key to making good progress.  It’s a direct and bold approach that leads to a  fresh and dynamic outcome.  Subjects will include skies, trees, fields, village and coastal scenery, with the aim to paint outdoors at nearby picturesque locations of Essex and Suffolk, weather permitting.  The focus will be on completing paintings ‘on the spot’, whilst enjoying the process and our surroundings.

Tuition will be through a mix of approaches, including plenty of demonstration, some studio-based ‘technique sessions’ and by occasional reference to renowned Greats of the medium.  The underlying principles for successful painting will be addressed and demonstrated continually and students will receive individual guidance according to their needs.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Jem if you would like to discuss any aspect of the course content in greater detail.

Materials & Equipment

Click here to download the recommended Materials & Equipment List for this course.


Further information about Dedham Hall

For information about our wonderful base in the heart of ‘Constable Country’ please visit Dedham Hall’s own website here:  DEDHAM HALL

To book a place

  • Telephone Wendy & Jim Sarton on: 01206 323027
  • Email: sarton@dedhamhall.co.uk
  • Visit: www.dedhamhall.co.uk/

Cost: Double room pp: £835.00, Single room: £935.00, Non Residential: £440.00
Type: Residential
Status: Places Available

Big Sky Art 2020 - En Plein Air in Norfolk

The White House, PE31 8JY
21/06/2020 - 25/06/2020

On Big Sky Art courses, we will have a studio base, but I like to teach outdoors whenever possible.  I believe that the best way to achieve some of the most important things in painting is to observe, experience and then to interpret the landscape for oneself.  Direct contact with the subject can be most inspiring and often brings more of the individual artist to the result.  Even in adverse weather I will try to have spells outdoors, however fleeting, to absorb the atmosphere of a location.  Also to show my students how to ‘see’ a scene, interpreting it mentally into watercolour, and to take compositional and reference photographs which may be useful in the studio later.

The landscape and the big open skies of Norfolk will afford a great opportunity to paint together and for me to teach both individually and in a group.  I am personally excited to be tutoring in this unspoiled locale, beloved of many notable painters through the ages. I hope you will join me at The White House in North Norfolk in for one of my courses.  Please feel free to contact me in advance of booking if you would like further information on any aspect of the course content.

Materials & Equipment

Click here to download the recommended Materials & Equipment List for this course.


Brochure And Price List

Download the brochure and view the pricelist using the links below



Cost: See brochure link above
Type: Residential
Status: Places Available

See Also Workshops

I also run shorter format Workshops which are usually one or two-day,
and non-residential.

Contact Me

If you’d like to contact me to discuss purchasing original watercolour paintings, arranging tuition, attending a painting holiday or for any other reason, then please feel free to email or call me and of course you can also network with me on social media.

E: contact@jembowdenwatercolour.co.uk
T: 0117 9711735