We would officially like to introduce our new Watercolour Diploma tutor Jem Bowden. Jem has been with us a few months now and we are delighted to be able to introduce him here, along with some of his beautiful watercolours.

Through his tuition Jem Bowden openly passes on everything he knows about the ways of watercolour.  

He is able to show painters of any level – from absolute beginner upwards – simple and fundamental ways to create great pictures, and inspire students on to develop their own skills, approach and ultimately, style.


As a practicing professional artist, Jem is a ‘pure watercolour’ painter.  In 2014 he received The Society for All Artist’s ‘Artist Of The Year’ award.  Through his love of being out in the natural world, and his great appreciation for watercolour’s power to express it, Jem has developed an impressionistic style of portraying his usual subject – the landscape.  His approach is sincere and utilises mainly traditional methods and techniques, but with a fresh and bold application.


“With regard to my own painting practice, my aim is usually to capture a scene as straightforwardly as possible, in a way which I hope is evocative of my experience. I prefer to paint outdoors whenever possible. I feel these paintings – as an immediate reaction to what is sensed and seen – are authentic to the experience, and each one is also a memento of a small  adventure .“

The Watercolour Diploma course, written by Jem, focuses on the fundamental techniques, so that students acquire a sound foundation in controlling the medium.  But it also includes much more, introducing some less orthodox applications and allowing for highly individual progression in terms of chosen subject or style.


Jem says:

”My approach to tutoring readily acknowledges that there are a number of ways to achieve a result, and I only attempt to speak and teach from my own experience.

Through my lifelong involvement as a practitioner and student of art (including employment in the Contemporary Art sector) I can empathise with the broadest range of views on the subject, and fully appreciate that while much can be learned, much will also remain a matter of taste or opinion.”

Jem Bowden
Watercolour Diploma Tutor

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8 thoughts on “Introducing Watercolour Tutor – Jem Bowden”

  1. Hi Diana,

    Great timing! Today the college posted a 10% off discount for all of their diploma courses! Pop over to their website, I will add a link below to their prices page. From here you can visit the course page and Jems tutor page and read about the course further. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email or telephone the college. Their email address is admin@londonartcollege.co.uk.


    I hope you enjoy the course!!


  2. I’ve looked at these links and it is not clear to me which of the courses listed is Jem’s. I am in the US and it’s not clear to me how the mechanics of the course would work. For instance, I assume I would be emailing photos of my lessons to Jem. Are there videos to watch? Course work to read? Live webinars to attend? On pricing does the College take off VAT for overseas students?

    Thanks for your help on this.

  3. Hi Mike,

    Jem only teaches the Watercolour Diploma. Each student has access to the ‘Art Room’ where they can view the course in pdf format, view the assignments and upload either photographs or scans of their work direct to him there. Jem then replies on the site and you receive a notification that its ready to read / view and collect. Students also receive a hard copy of the course in the mail. If they wish they can send their artwork via snail mail but i would suggest sending online would be the best way to go if you can.

    Students do have access to watercolour tutorial videos which are exclusive to the London Art College Students, however they are not specific to the course as such. They do cover many techniques for watercolour and are excellent in themselves.

    Tutors are unable to do live webinars, unfortunately it isn’t possible at this time.

    There is no vat on the courses 🙂

    If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to email me direct at techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk and I will help further.

    Best wishes


  4. Hi Diem,

    The courses are sent in hard copy printed format along with online digital pfd’s to access on or offline. There are a set number of tutorial / technique videos for students to watch and learn from. All students have access to these, they are not course specific. Students have direct contact with tutors via the teaching area and can message for help and ask questions. There is also a student forum for students to interact with other students.

    If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to email at any time


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