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Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.
A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca de Mendonça
5 – 12 September 2020 – two or three places left
Pastels and Mixed media
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind Mulick
3 – 10 October 2020 –  three or four places left
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 –  two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A vibrant watercolour of an old vineyard by Tim Wilmot.

We are also planning a full series of creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for 2021 and you can see a preview of those courses by clicking here.

Inspirational, interactive, free and fun… the word is spreading worldwide

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Our friend Wendy Thomson, who lives in Florence, Italy, is one of the many dozens of people who have joined Mike Willdridge‘s inspirational, free, interactive, online painting sessions. She sent us pictures she made during the last three sessions and tells us: “Thank you for the lesson on Thursday – it was great. I was amazed at how many people there were from all over the world. Every time there are more people attending….. the word is spreading worldwide.”

We have organised more sessions, each of which can now take up to 150 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, and they are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois, who hosts the sessions, will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions.

Mike’s next session is on Thursday 9 July at 2.30pm UK time, when the theme will be Moorish architecture.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in touch with Lois by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. The session will last a couple of hours.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching. Come and join our international painting party!

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A montage of some of our guests’ paintings from the last interactive session: a busy marketplace.

Inspirational, interactive, free and fun… Latest pictures from market day

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Once again, we have had a wonderful feedback from participants in Mike Willdridge‘s free, interactive, online sessions (hosted by Lois Breckon. The latest topic was ‘market day’ and that’s Mike’s demonstration picture above. Some 120 people joined in and here are a few of their comments:

I am immensly thankful to both of you for this amazing learning opportunity! I am sure I would not dare to paint human figures. And here they are…thanks to your encouragement!

Thanks so much for organising this workshop.  I had a marvellous time and learnt a great deal, especially how to work much more quickly and not spend time on masses of details.

I have learnt more in one afternoon than I have for a very long time.

Really enjoying these sessions. It’s certainly a novel way of working.

I’ve made another of those short, fun Facebook slideshows of some of the paintings made by some of ourguests during the session, which you can see by clicking here. More than 30 of the participants sent in their paintings and I’ve chosen just a few of them (at random) for the montage below.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

You can see an edited version of the session on painting a busy market by clicking here.

We have organised more sessions, each of which can now take up to 150 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions. (Details below.)

Mike’s next session is on Thursday 9 July at 2.30pm UK time, when the theme will be Moorish architecture.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in touch with Lois by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. {Please check the link.} Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. The session will last a couple of hours.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching.

And when you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real, on his Watermill course this autumn?

The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious
Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Mike Willdridge’s course, in watercolours and drawing (and gouache and acrylics) will run from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September. Details and link below. Why not give yourself something to look forward to and join Mike here? We are sure that everything will be back to normal by then, but don’t forget the Watermill’s coronavirus promise:

  • Rest assured that if travel restrictions in your own country or in Italy mean that the course cannot run on these dates, or that appropriate flights are not available, we will postpone your course until 2021.
  • If a workshop is cancelled, rather than just being postponed, we will refund any payment in full.
  • If a workshop is postponed and you cannot make the new dates for the tutor you have chosen, we will offer you alternative courses with others inspiring tutors.

Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.

Reviving more memories of Watermill painting holidays

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

We have just had a charming note from Dr Feroze Antia, who has been on painting holidays at the Watermill no fewer than four times. Feroze writes: “I know I haven’t been to the Watermill for quite a few years but I do think of you guys and have recommended a few tutors and friends over the years. I will come one of these days, but the times I had there were priceless, and I do think of you guys often.

In fact, only this week I was looking at some photographs from the time there with Keiko and decided to paint Verrucola again.”

Verrucola is a small village nestling around a great mediaeval Malatesta castle and we always go there to paint with our groups on Mondays before enjoying a traditional Italian trattoria lunch in the restaurant there. Feroze says: “At Verrucola, I have painted many views, but the one that always stuck in my head was this one (the picture above), painted with Keiko [Tanabe] many years ago and then attempted again last week while still in lockdown here in London. It’s the clothesline that fascinated me.”

Feroze reckons that the painting above was made in 2014. And the picture below was done last week. Thank you for sharing those with us and for your kind words, Feroze.

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We still have four painting courses on offer in 2020: see below for details. And Keiko Tanabe is just one of the inspiring international artists who be with us for more fun-filled, sun-filled convivial courses in 2021. You can find out all about those by clicking here.

Come and join us and make your own memories. You will find that, like Feroze’s, they will linger on – and on.

Watermill painting courses 2020

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.
A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca de Mendonça
5 – 12 September 2020 – two or three places left
Pastels and Mixed media
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind Mulick
3 – 10 October 2020 –  three or four places left
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 –  two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A vibrant watercolour of an old vineyard by Tim Wilmot.

We are also planning a full series of creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for 2021 and you can see a preview of those courses by clicking here.

Heralding a Renaissance in the Watermill activity: our July newsletter is out

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

As Italy rapidly returns to normal, we are preparing the Watermill for our guests for the first of our creative courses this year, which we are confident will start next month. Read all about our plans, and our precautions in this month’s newsletter, where we also celebrate a new venture, a series of inspirational, interactive and free online painting sessions with our friend and tutor Mike Willdridge.

In this month’s newsletter there are also stories on:

  • Keeping You Even Safer
  • The Watermill’s sun-driven mini-power station
  • Which Milind watercolour do you prefer?
  • More charming watercolours from Robert
  • Another stunning watercolour from Tim
  • Our sympathetic, caring, inspiring 2020 painting tutors
  • Be in the vogue! Come knitting with Norah
  • ‘Virtual’ writing is great. The real thing is even better
  • We can’t wait to welcome you on our language course

Read all about it! But even better, come and join us. You know you deserve it! Here are the courses we are running this year:

Updated 1 July 2020

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The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
8 – 15 August 2020 – two or three places left
Scriptwriting
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and their course at the mill, please visit their 2020 Profile Page.



Francesca La Sala
22 – 29 August 2020 – three or four places left.
Italian from the Italians
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.



Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca de Mendonça
5 – 12 September 2020 – two or three places left
Pastels and Mixed media
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind Mulick
3 – 10 October 2020 –  three or four places left
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 –  two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

We are also planning a full series of creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for 2021 and you can see a preview of those courses by clicking here.

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Our demijohns look forward to a new awakening

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Here is a lovely atmospheric picture by our daughter Lara Breckon, of some of our famous demijohns, looking very artistic in the wonderful new space we have created in the old frantoio, the olive press.

Work on this new project is on hold at the moment as we recover from the effects of coronavirus, but the picture is symbolic of the new awakening at the Watermill, where in the next month or so we plan to restart our renowned creative courses. We have six courses scheduled for the rest of this year, and now have every confidence that we will be able to run them. And thanks to the support of our Watermill fans and friends, bookings for next year are already looking buoyant.

As our finances begin to return to normal (it won’t be until next spring before we are back on an even keel, we suspect), we will be working on the ‘frantoio project’ to provide another exciting leisure area for our guests. And the demijohns, ancient wine containers, will play their part… Here’s another one, in the sunny Watermill courtyard, reflecting back the ancient buildings:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

As Italy begins to open up to welcome back international guests to this beautiful country, we are looking forward to the Watermill life returning to its peaceful and inspiring creative normality. We still have some places left on the remaining courses for 2020 and will be delighted to welcome you here. There are details below.

Why not come and see those demijohns for yourself? We are ready when you are: buildings renovated, walls painted, furniture restored, window boxes filled, courtyard full of plants: we just need your company to make it all perfect.

Below you will first find details of our inspiring 2020 painting courses, followed by information on our creative writing and Italian language weeks.

Updated 28 June 2020

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The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
8 – 15 August 2020 – two or three places left
Scriptwriting
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and their course at the mill, please visit their 2020 Profile Page.



Francesca La Sala
22 – 29 August 2020 – three or four places left.
Italian from the Italians
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.



Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca de Mendonça
5 – 12 September 2020 – two or three places left
Pastels and Mixed media
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind Mulick
3 – 10 October 2020 –  three or four places left
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 –  two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

We are also planning a full series of creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for 2021 and you can see a preview of those courses by clicking here.

Inspirational, interactive, free and fun…

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We have had a wonderful feedback from participants in Mike Willdridge‘s free, interactive, online sessions. We have run four of them already and there are more to come. In the last one before this newsletter went to press more than 120 people joined the Zoom session (hosted by Lois) and painted ‘washing on the line’ along with Mike. Above is Mike’s demonstration picture of the subject.

Some comments from guests on previous sessions:

“The perfect approach with or without the dreaded lockdown. I find both watching the ‘parts’ of the sessions AND painting alongside Mike really helpful. You get more of a sense how its ok to be freer. It gives you the confidence to be a bit chaotic and less prone to overpainting – always my problem. Interestingly, with no distractions I found it easy to concentrate and repeat what you were doing on zoom. Being set up beforehand, ready-to-go, and the concentrated session was just great.  Thank you so much.”

“What a fabulous way to bring the whole world together and coming, doing something happy.”

I’ve made one of those short, fun Facebook slideshows of some of the paintings made by some of our 120+ guests during the session, which you can see by clicking here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Some paintings by guests on our latest session

We have now organised more sessions, each of which can now take up to 150 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions. (Details below.)

Mike’s next session is on Thursday 2 July at 2.30pm. The theme is a busy market in Le Marche.

The following session is on Thursday 9 July at 2.30pm, when the theme will be Moorish architecture.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Photographs of the subjects for the next two interactive sessions with Mike.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in touch with Lois by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. {Please check the link.} Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. The session will last a couple of hours.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching.

And when you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real, on his Watermill course this autumn?

The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious
Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Mike Willdridge’s course, in watercolours and drawing (and gouache and acrylics) will run from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September. Details and link below. Why not give yourself something to look forward to and join Mike here? We are sure that everything will be back to normal by then, but don’t forget the Watermill’s coronavirus promise:

  • Rest assured that if travel restrictions in your own country or in Italy mean that the course cannot run on these dates, or that appropriate flights are not available, we will postpone your course until 2021.
  • If a workshop is cancelled, rather than just being postponed, we will refund any payment in full.
  • If a workshop is postponed and you cannot make the new dates for the tutor you have chosen, we will offer you alternative courses with others inspiring tutors.

Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.

Come and discuss your painting preferences with Milind

Painting by Milind Mulick, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Which one do you prefer? That was the question posed by our inspiring Watermill painting tutor Milind Mulick when he posted the two pictures above on his Facebook page at the weekend.

So what is your verdict? The picture on the left? Or the one on the right? I like them both, but I find the ‘abstract’ elements in the picture on the left quite alluring.

I’m not quite sure where this Italian square is, but it looks very much to me like Lucca, which is one of our Wednesday excursion venues during a Watermill painting week.

We will be able to find out from the maestro himself when he takes his painting course here this October. And you will be able to express your preferences to him personally, not only on the paintings above but on your own efforts to capture the wonderful Italian architecture and stunning scenery for yourselves.

Another Milind Italian masterpiece: an atmospheric and vibrant picture of washing on the line.

We are delighted to welcome Milind, a watercolour artist from Pune in India, to the international team of Watermill painting tutors. He has gained a remarkable reputation in his own country and, increasingly worldwide, for his atmospheric paintings.

Milind has been painting in watercolours for more than 30 years, his artistic journey beginning in childhood, following his father, also a painter. As well as being influenced by the great British watercolourists like Edward Wesson and Edward Siego, Milind has absorbed the styles of Indian artists too. He has won many awards and written a dozen books on watercolour painting.

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind has also been teaching for many years: “Teaching gives me great pleasure: I love meeting new people and helping them realise their artistic potential.” As a previous student says: “Milind pours his heart and soul into his paintings and believes in spreading his knowledge.”

Painting by Milind Mulick, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind will be with us for his course, which he calls Colourful Watercolours, from Saturday 3 October to Saturday 10 October. We have eight people booked in, so we still have a few places free, You can find out more about Milind and his course at the Watermill by clicking here.

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A shiny bicycle on a rainy day.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation.

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

Milind Mulick

Milind Mulick
3 – 10 October 2020 –  a few places left
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our Italian language week

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Illustration: thelocal.it

it’s a funny expression but we like it very much: Non vedo l’ora. Being strictly translated it means ‘I can’t see the time.’ But what it really means is ‘I can’t wait,’ or ‘I’m looking forward to it.’

Our friends at the English-language online newspaper thelocal.it, have been thinking more deeply about it and tell us that it also implies excitement about the future event, so that we can’t even ‘see’ or imagine the time coming.

So, to put the verb into the plural here is what we at the Watermill would like to say to you all: Non vediamo l’ora di darvi il benvenuto in Posara. We can’t wait to welcome you to Posara.

And we would particularly like to welcome you on our Italian language week, with our good friend and enthusiastic teacher Francesca la Sala, soaking up knowledge in the dappled sunlight under the vine verandah and making forays into the towns and villages surrounding us, to learn Italian from the Italians.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.
Picture credit: The Huffington Post

As they say, Che fegata, How cool!

We’ll even try to find you some ripe figs in the garden and in the local market.

And talking of cool, don’t forget the mill is fully air-conditioned, powered by our hidden photovoltaic panels, which make us self-sufficient in electricity. 

Che figata, indeed!

We have teamed up again with Francesca to bring you a unique course which is both fun and illuminating.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Learning the language under the shade of the vine verandah-
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Enthusiastic teaching from Francesca.

So when we say Non vediamo l’ora di darvi il benvenuto in Posara, we hope you will reply: Non vedo l’ora di tornare in Italia! We can’t wait to return to Italy,

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Francesca La Sala

22-29 August 2020

Learning Italian with the Italians Three/four places left

To learn more about Francesca’s week, please visit her Tutor Profile Page by clicking here.

Come and paint the wonderful Watermill scenery with Tim

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Tim Wilmot has just sent this lovely watercolour of an ancient vineyard in the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi, where we go on to paint on Fridays during our courses, before enjoying a gourmet lunch in a restaurant nearby, under the towering Apuan Alps.

We are looking forward to doing it again when Tim joins us for another of his fun-filled sun-filled inspiring courses this October. Ten people are already booked into the course, so we have a couple of places available. The dates are Saturday 3 October to Saturday 10 October and there is a link below for details. We would love you to join us.

Painting by Tim Wilmot a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Painting in the Watermill walled garden, by Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot is an artist from Bristol in the South-west of the UK, specialising in vibrant watercolours, using tone and light to bring out the best in the medium. Tim paints in a loose, impressionistic style.

As well as an exciting artist, Tim is also an inspiring teacher. He demonstrates regularly in England and, has more than 15,000 followers of his demonstrations on YouTube. He loves personal interaction with his students: “There are all sorts of reasons for coming on a painting holiday — it might be to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape — and it’s my job to try to find what your personal objectives are and help you achieve them. Oh, and have fun with like-minded people on the way.”

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Tim Wilmot’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

Some comments from some of Tim’s previous students: “I’m quite impressed with how you transform a dull image into an impressionistic and beautiful study of light and shadow. You’re a great tutor!”  “I really like your loose style.” “Like most, I struggle with too much detail. This will help me to “loosen up”. “I can’t help being inspired by the careful and wonderfully measured strokes of a genius” 

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Tim’s watercolour of a vineyard and the Apuan Alps near the Watermill

We already have ten people booked into Tim’s course, including one non-painting partner. So, we have room for a couple more painters (and their partners if they would like to join them).

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 – still a couple of places
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.