One-To-One and Online (Private) Watercolour Tuition with Jem Bowden

I provide one-to-one tuition at my home studio in south Bristol, OR online via video meeting (using Zoom – details below).
I feel this is the optimum way for most students to learn. The ability to focus up close on any aspect of painting is so beneficial. In a relaxed atmosphere I can demonstrate techniques – in and out of the context of a painting – at your own pace. We can go off on tangents as we need to, discuss any issue or problem as it arises and resolve it to move onwards and upwards.

You may have an idea of where you’d like to begin, for example with techniques for a specific subject, or maybe it is something more fundamental such as planning, composition, ‘interpretation’, creating impact or controlling the paint that you want to focus on.

Alternatively, I can structure tuition around priorities that I can identify from viewing your work. It’s always good to start with a chat about your paintings, where they are currently and what you’re aiming for.
As well as through technique demonstration much of the learning will be through analysis and discussion of your paintings in relation to associated references.  Learning to paint is about learning to see and interpret, rather than about technique alone.


ONLINE TUITION – via video meeting / ‘Zoom’

If we cannot meet up in person we can instead do so over the internet.
Using the free software ‘Zoom’ (which you can learn more about and download HERE) in combination with your laptop or PC, we can meet ‘virtually’ by video call. This is nowadays surprisingly easy, and the technical requirements are quite minimal.  Your internet connection will need to be quite good but doesn’t usually need to be brilliant.

What you will need

You will need to have a webcam so that I can see you as we chat.
Virtually all laptops have these built in, as do many stand-alone monitors.  I can advise a little bit if you would like to discuss this.

As tuition sessions progress you may need a table space to organise your painting materials/equipment alongside your laptop/PC, so that you can see your screen and what I am doing at the same time as painting yourself.

HOWEVER, during the first few sessions at least it is usually the case that the student will not actually paint along with me, so you won’t need your equipment set up, only to be able to watch and chat.

I have a two-camera set up, so that you will be able to see my board/paper/hand clearly, and also see my face when we’re chatting so it will be as if we are together.
We will also ‘share screen’ whereby we can look at and discuss images, including your work, reference photographs and the work of other artists when helpful.

It will be useful during a first session (especially if you are a beginner) if you can have your brushes and other materials to hand, so you can show me them as we discuss materials.

The Zoom software is quite simple to use at the student end of things, and in general I can guide you through this. If you’d like to chat about any of this please feel very free to contact me.

Tuition content

The tuition content will be much the same as studio-based tuition, as described in the first paragraphs above.  Ultimately it is flexible to the student’s needs.  Normally I will need to see a good selection of your recent paintings as a starting point, to be emailed to me as jpegs in advance of a booked session.
Please feel free to contact me for any further details or to make a booking.

The Black Sheep Brush

Whenever you attend tuition face-to-face with me, you will have the opportunity to try and buy my very own creation, the Black Sheep brush.  My ‘right hand man’ – find out more about it here.

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.

T: 0117 9711735