Watercolour Landscape Painting Tuition
In The UK and Online With Jem Bowden

I love helping people with their painting and provide various types of tuition. I teach one-to-one either in my home studio (in Crail, Fife), online via Zoom or in the great outdoors (‘en plein air’).  I also offer instructional videos, lead residential painting holidays/courses, run shorter-format workshops and give demonstrations, lectures or group critiques around the UK.  The latter can also be done very effectively online (via Zoom) so distance is no object.
Have a look at the sections below for more information about how you can learn watercolour painting with me.  Click through from each section for further details, and if I can help with anything then please get in touch.

Courses & Residential Painting Holidays

If you like the idea of spending some fun, creative time in inspiring surroundings while learning to paint, primarily in the great outdoors, then please do have a look at the courses (or ‘painting holidays’) that I’m teaching.  For non-residential tuition of shorter duration please see Workshops.

Spring Watercolour En Plein Air, Dedham Hall, 8th - 15th April 2023

Dedham Hall, CO7 6AD
08/04/2023 - 15/04/2023
Join Jem, just before the trees burst into leaf, to develop your watercolours literally in the field, at picturesque coastal and village locations and around the idyll that is our base.  There will be boats, water, trees, skies, buildings and even the odd figure!... **THIS IS AN OUTDOOR/'PLEIN AIR' COURSE**

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Big Sky Art; En Plein Air in Norfolk - June 18th - 23rd 2023.

The White House, PE31 8JY
18/06/2023 - 23/06/2023
Join Jem OUTDOORS painting in this unique, unspoiled part of England with its small harbours, saltmarsh creeks and much more, offering inspiring, atmospheric subjects under the wide open skies.... And then there's our luxurious base! **THIS IS A PLEIN AIR COURSE**

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Video Tuition For Watercolour Landscape Painting

I have two instructional videos, ‘Plein Air Painting’ and ‘Studio Painting’.   Both videos are over two hours in duration (too long for a DVD!) and are available to purchase for download or streaming.
For full details on each, and to watch the previews, please click the button below.

Watercolour Painting Workshops

I teach some one and two-day workshops each year at well-known establishments around the country.  These are carefully structured introductions to my approach to painting.  They may include demonstrations, exercises, guided or step-by-step painting, as well as some analysis and reflection.
Tackling a challenge without expectation is I believe the best way to learn and develop as a painter, so I feel you shouldn’t be taking home a masterpiece, but rather some useful ideas to work with.  See below for upcoming workshops.

Workshops at Art Groups

I also regularly visit art groups and societies around the country.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this.

Landscape and Coastal scenes in watercolour: Seeing, interpreting & painting

The Sandpiper Studio, Foxes Farm, Badgers Rake Lane, Ledsham, South Wirral CH66 8PF
26/03/2022 - 26/03/2022
'Landscape and coastal scenes in watercolour: Seeing, interpreting & painting' This is a full day workshop. Jem will explain his process of 'seeing, interpreting and then painting in watercolour'.

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One-To-One Watercolour Painting Tuition In Fife And Online (worldwide, time-zone allowing)

For many people there is no better way of learning than through dedicated one-to-one tuition.  This is based either at my home studio in Crail, Fife (Scotland), in the great outdoors (also known as ‘en plein air’) or online via Zoom (worldwide)

Watercolour Painting Demonstrations & Talks

Please note I can now also give demonstrations online via Zoom, so distance is no object!
In demonstration I aim to explain the main principles I typically work to, show the range of techniques I use and the energy I put into my painting. I really like these occasions to be as sociable and ‘interactive’ as possible, so no need to hold back on the heckling.  I can even take you outside, with my ‘virtual plein air’ demos.

As well as demonstrations I also have a popular Zoom-based ‘presentation’ all about plein air painting.  This is highly illustrated and wide ranging, covering all aspects and issues associated with the practice of painting outdoors.  It features hundreds of photos, brief sections of video and even a quick look at some ‘apps’ useful in the planning of excursions.  You’ll feel you’re almost literally being taken out on a painting trip.  Or rather,  several, and in the full range of weather, but from the comfort of your home!

Articles & Writing

Since 2015 I’ve been a contributor to Leisure Painter magazine, always working to ensure my articles are of practical benefit to the reader (see: http://www.painters-online.co.uk/ for more info). In the past I’ve also written for New Artist, Paint & Draw, and Paint (magazine of the SAA; Society for All Artists). In 2016 I wrote/designed the current ‘Watercolour Diploma’ course for London Art College.

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