A gossipy street by Varvara Neiman

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

Watermill painting tutor Varvara Neiman has captured the animation of a village street in this amusing picture. She says: “I witnessed a morning scene of the local ladies meeting in the street discussing last night’s village party and their pets having a gossip on their own. They were part of a beautiful mosaic of morning colours, so clear that I painted the whole thing full of humour.”

You, too, can capture the vibrancy and humour of village life, as well as painting in the unspoiled rural scenery of Lunigiana, which surrounds the Watermill, when Varvara returns for another painting course next year. Varvara, who tutors in water-based oils, acrylics and watercolour, will be here again from Saturday 31 August to Saturday 7 September 2019. More details below.

There will be plenty of gossip, for example, at the weekly market in the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano, where we go to paint on Tuesdays.

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

Male bonding in the main square in Fivizzano on market day. I wonder what, or who, they are gossiping about?

As well as plein air painting, Varvara specialises in portraiture and moving figures in watercolour and she is also famous for her cityscapes, capturing fleeting moments.Here are some more umbrellas in the rain.

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

Varvara Neiman, who lives in Buckinghamshire, England, was born into an artistic family in St. Petersburg, Russia, where art and teaching were professions passed on from generation to generation. Her work combines classical discipline with a modern imagination. She is enthusiastic about painting en plein air and passionate about Cezanne’s famous quote: “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensation.” 

Varvara has been a popular and inspiring teacher for many years. She is skilled in oils, acrylics and watercolours and will teach in any of those mediums. (Water-based oils for easier transportation.)  During her course there will be group demonstrations as well as one-to-one guidance. Varvara likes to create a friendly atmosphere in the group, encouraging students to share their experiences. A couple of comments from Varvara’s previous students: I have been coming to classes with Varvara for almost 10 years and she never ceases to amaze me both with her artistic knowledge and range of techniques. “Not only is she excellent teacher she is also good artist… there is no-one better to teach you.”

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 – still plenty of places
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird discount offer: if you book now you can enjoy Varvara’s inspiring week with a £75 discount. The offer runs until the end of this year. Come and join us! And enjoy a good gossip!

Before you paint: stop and think why, says Keiko Tanabe

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

Keiko’s wonderful watercolour from the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi, one of our Watermill painting locations

Our delightful Japanese watercolour tutor Keiko Tanabe is returning next year for her fourth visit to the Watermill and we are delighted to have her back. Keiko will be with us for a special week-long course in watercolours from Saturday 18 May to Saturday 25 May 2019. There are more details below.

When people come on a Watermill painting course, they are always keen to put brush to paper to begin to capture the glorious scenery of the mill at the surrounding Tuscan countryside. But, says Keiko, just take a moment’s pause before you start.

Painters, she says, choose to spend a lot of time in their lives, um, painting. They have an innate passion for the process itself, the sheer act of painting, which drives them on.

 Keiko says: “So let’s make the time spent painting really worthwhile before we actually do it by thinking why: Why do we choose a particular subject?  Why is it so appealing?  Why do we think it’s worth our time (or life, really)?  She adds: “We all can, or should, take a moment before putting anything on paper or canvas, to think what is really inspiring us to spend the next hours of our life with.  Knowing that also helps us make an even stronger statement in our painting as it should be a focal aspect of our visual expression.”

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

A rainy day in Fivizzano where we go to paint on market day

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Keiko Tanabe was born in Kyoto, Japan but now lives in San Diego, California. Her paintings show stories of everyday life in different corners of the world. Keiko is a much sought-after instructor and has led more than 130 workshops around the world.

She says: Watercolour painting is a vehicle to communicate my artistic vision on the joy of living and the ingenuity of human creations.”

Keiko is also an inspiring and sympathetic tutor. Her workshops at The Watermill are designed for students who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make watercolour paintings that are full of light and atmosphere.

Here’s what one student had to say: What a wonderful and memorable week I have had!! The ambiance was just perfect, and Keiko was a wonderful teacher.”  Another added: “Keiko is a fabulous artist and I learned a lot with her…  I had a truly wonderful week at the watermill. It was perfect in every sense… a magical experience.”

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

Evening light on the Watermill vine Verandah: an idyllic setting for aperitivi.

You can find out more about Keiko and her course at the Watermill by clicking here.  We already have eight painters booked in for this week, so we still have room for four more (and their non-painting partners if they’d like to come). And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird 0ffer: there is a discount of £75 if you book this or any of our other 2019 creative courses before 31 December 2018.

Come and join us for a magical week with Keiko!

Keiko Tanabe
18-25 May 2019

Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Looking again at familiar sights on a Watermill painting courses

Painting by Robert Christopher, a guest at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

I’ve just made slideshow on Facebook using some of the charming pen and watercolour drawings made by one of our Watermill painting course guests Robert Christopher. They capture some of the sights you can see during our creative courses here. One of Robert’s skills is to take a slightly different viewpoint from other people and to make one look again at familiar sights.The picture above is of a quiet corner of Fivizzano, the walled mediaeval town where we go to paint during the Tuesday market. Here’s another of his pictures looking at a scene in a different way:

Perhaps more conventional, but no less charming, here’s a study of the recently restored 17th-century watermill.

Perhaps more conventional, but no less charming, here's a study of the recently restored 17th-century watermill.

You can see all of Robert’s pictures on Facebook slideshow by clicking here.

Robert is returning to the mill for Charles Sluga’s painting course next October and if you’d like to join him and enjoy the gardens and grounds of the Watermill, the sleepy towns and villages of our area, as well as the unspoiled grandeur of our scenery, we’d love to welcome you here. We We already have eight bookings on Charles’s course, one of whom is a non-painting partner, so we have room for four more painters (and their non-painting partners if they would like to come). You can find out more about Charles’s course by clicking here.

And, while our other painting courses are booking up fast, we still have availability on several of them. Please click here to view our painting programme for next year and if you’re keen, send us an enquiry and we will do our best to find your place.

Meanwhile, enjoy this quirky-angled Robert Christopher watercolour of a wooden bench on one of the watermill’s riverside terraces. We liked it so much, we bought the picture!

 

 

Mike’s halfway through his 100 paintings challenge

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

Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge is just about halfway through his fascinating 100 paintings challenge. He has set himself the task of producing 100 paintings in the last hundred days of this year. The painting above is number 47.

Mike says: “For a long time I’ve enjoyed looking at abstract art and wanted to move in that direction myself but found it difficult to move away from my representational style. Now that I have given up most of my teaching, I’ve found a renewed energy towards abstraction.”

The results have been sensational and you can see the paintings on Mike’s website by clicking here.  Even better, you can see some of his work yourself by coming on his inspiring painting course at the Watermill next summer. We’ve already purchased three of these exciting paintings and we’re looking forward to the fourth tomorrow. It’s Lois’s birthday and, sight unseen, we are buying painting number 49, which Mike will produce on November 9! That painting and the three earlier ones we bought will be displayed at the Watermill.

As Mike said earlier, he’s now given up much of his teaching but one place he cannot resist returning to is the Watermill at Posara. He says: “Over the years, I’ve tutored on painting holidays in several countries and many different locations. Now I tutor just once a year and am always delighted to be asked back for another year. The Watermill is the best painting holiday I’ve experienced: it’s such a tranquil venue, the organisation and staff are outstanding and the daily variety of painting locations are wonderful. I’m so much looking forward to returning in 2019 and 2020.” 

Mike will be with us in June/July next year and there are more details below.

And you won’t have to go abstract (unless you want to!): Mike will help you to capture the inspiring sights in and around the Watermill and the stunning scenery of Lunigiana, the unspoiled region of Tuscany which surrounds the mill. Mike is a great believer in drawing and carrying a sketchbook with him wherever he goes. He will encourage you to do the same as well as helping you to develop your painting style.

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

Mike’s sketch of one of the small wooden bridges across the millstream at Posara

Mike Willdridge works and in a wide range of media and is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor, often encouraging his students to be bold and to take chances. His classes are always light-hearted and fun, with the ‘teaching’ tailored to individual needs. He will concentrate on watercolours, but is also happy to help with gouache and acrylics too.

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

A demonstration painting by Mike of a waterfall beside the river Rosaro near the mill

A comment from a guest on one of Mike’s previous courses at The Watermill: “A wonderful holiday. You were such generous and friendly hosts and Mike was an excellent painting tutor.”  Another said: “The food was exceptional and the mill itself is great, in such a beautiful setting. A truly wonderful week in every respect.”

Mike Willdridge
29 June to 6 July 2019
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please click here.

And there’s an enticing offer for people who book before the end of 2018. Our ‘Early Bird’ discount gives you £75 off the cost of your holiday if you book before the end of the year. But we recommend that you reserve your place as soon as you can. We already have eight people (two of them non-painting partners) booked in for Mike’s course, but there are lovely bedrooms and a self-contained apartment suite still available.

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

 

In-depth reports from Claire’s inspiring painting holiday

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A colourful corner of the walled garden,

Our enthusiastic English painting tutor Claire Warner has just sent me two reports from guests who came on her watercolour (and acrylics and oils) week at the Watermill this year. They’re quite detailed, but I think they really capture what’s on offer here with great tutors like Claire.

The first report comes from Karen Beaney, who writes: “I didn’t really know what to expect from this trip. Would it be an intense and exhausting ‘art… art… art…’24/7 kind of thing? Or would it just be a regular holiday, albeit with a bunch of strangers with the odd bit of art thrown in?

“Thankfully, the balance on this adventure was spot on – yes, lots of great art as you would expect but set in a wonderful villa and with plenty of time to relax and unwind and really enjoy the wonderful sights and atmosphere of Tuscany. Inspiration for our artistic endeavours was certainly not in short supply – from the fantastic grounds of the villa with hidden treasures such as a river and watermill and its own intriguing architecture to the day trips we went on, each providing the perfect balance between nature, history and the everyday hustle and bustle of Tuscan life.

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Away from the hustle and bustle: the Watermill riverside

“The instruction from Claire, our tutor, was spot on and covered everything from technique to practical tips on how to set up and work outside, something I’d never previously done. I particularly enjoyed the review of the group’s work each evening, where we could share experiences and get feedback on our efforts. All in all, it was a great experience and one that I can’t wait to repeat again.” Here is a painting of a café by Claire Warner:

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

Another guest, Bex Foy, writes: “I had been looking forward to my painting holiday with Claire Warner at the Watermill for what seemed like ages and it didn’t disappoint; it was probably one of my favourite holidays.

“The accommodation was superb in such a beautiful location and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts, everyone was so welcoming and friendly. The group was mixed in terms of ages and abilities, some people came alone and some as pairs, but the mixture was great and we had a lot of fun in amongst the tuition. Claire organised for us to go out to a variety of wonderful places to sketch and paint and you were comfortable taking things at your own pace, in your own way. I really like Claire’s relaxed approach, so you don’t ever feel under pressure!”

Here’s Bex, feeling no pressure at all after a hard day at the painting coalface. The bottled beer is purely coincidental!The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Our warm thanks to Karen and Bex – and if you’d like to find out what all the fuss is about, please come and join us for Claire’s course next year. She will be with us  from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 September 2019.

Claire Warner is a professional artist and an experienced tutor, having taught all age groups and abilities for 25 years.  She will demonstrate in watercolours on this holiday, but is happy to help with those choosing oils or acrylics as their medium. All levels of artists can benefit from her teaching, and she offers plenty of individual attention.

She says: “My aim is to teach and encourage each student gradually to build up knowledge and the confidence to create their own style. I’ll demonstrate step by step with explanations — and offer plenty of individual attention when and where needed. I like to tease out their full potential with patience and a sense of fun.”

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

Claire’s evocative painting of a waterfall, capturing both movement and light

Please click here to learn more about Claire and her course at the Watermill. And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird offer: if you book before 31 December 2018 there’s £75 discount on this fabulous 2019 painting holiday. Come and join us and make this your favourite holiday too.

 

 

 

Enjoy new painting challenges with Jude Scott: faces, flowers and landscapes

Painting by June Scott, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are looking forward to welcoming inspiring painting tutor Jude Scott from Western Australia, who is going to be joining us for two weeks next summer. Jude will be teaching in watercolours (& acrylics and oils) from Saturday 17 August to Saturday, 24 August 2019 and from Saturday 24 August to Saturday 31 August 2019 and there are more details below.

Jude tells us that she loves watercolours particularly, for their immediacy, unpredictability, translucency, dazzling colours and powerful tones,” but she also paints in, and is happy to teach in, acrylics and oils. She says: “I love a new challenge and paint all subjects.” Her favourites are serene landscapes, vibrant floral works and intriguing faces.

 The watercolour above is called Contemplation. Jude says: Faces are fascinating, and this face inspired me with my own interpretation. A large painting was my aim and I found such a large drawing to be a challenge as I always draw freehand, simply stretching far enough with the pencil was physically demanding! I begin with the eyes and work out from there, getting the angles of the face and the tones is vital, I painted with a soft dreamy palette to enhance her cool look and had fun with the textured background. This painting is now in a government collection in China.”

And I love the watercolour below, called Riverside.

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

Jude says: A trip down to the river with the grandies resulted in this painting-they were having such a marvellous time spotting the enormous jellyfish! Sketches on site were used for a painting the next day. I began drawing the figures first from photographic references, flooding the background and foreground with water, dropping in the colour and allowing to dry. Then the figures and the shadows were painted and, after drying the darks were strengthened.”

Jude Scott, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.As for teaching, Jude says: “I love sharing what I have learnt over many years of painting and it is always a thrill watching ‘the artist within’ emerge from each individual student. I strongly encourage students to develop their own unique style of brush strokes and mark making: just relax, be brave, don’t forget to breathe and the rest will surely follow.”

One of her previous students said: Jude was truly amazing, great tempo, strong knowledge base, strong interpersonal skills, just the right mix of doing and listening.” And another added: “She catered for the individual, encouraging a personal approach of expression, whilst at the same time teaching sound techniques. Her outgoing and bright personality really made her classes fun.”

You can learn all about Jude and see more of her paintings on her Tutor Profile page on the Watermill website, by clicking here.

We have already six bookings for Jude’s first week (17-24 August 2019), two of whom are non-painting partners, so we have room for seven or eight more painters. Currently, Jude’s second week (24-31 August 2019) is fully booked, but there may be cancellations, so if you’re interested in that week please also let us know and we will put you on the waiting list.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! 

And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2018 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2019 painting holiday.

And finally, here’s a wonderful landscape by Jude called Evening-Pentecost River (in the Kimberley region of West Australia). We’re looking forward to seeing how Jude, and her students, capture the wonderful scenery of Tuscany. Why don’t you join her and us?

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

 

 

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness: just the time to plan your 2019 creative week at the Watermill. Read all about it!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.There’s lots to read about in this month’s Watermill newsletter, from ‘notan’ to poetic reflections, and from cool water bottles to solar panels. Eclectic, or what? You can read all about it by clicking here https://watermill.net/mill-news/millnews101/millnews101.php

With so much to say we’re already looking forward to clinking glasses with you on the vine verandah. Our 2019 creative courses, in painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language are filling fast. Time to get your booking in, especially with our enticing £75 discount Early Bird offer. Ci vediamo!

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It may be misty now but soon there will be more glorious Tuscan sunshine for you to enjoy our stunning locations.

Carry a sketchbook and create instant memories says Mike Willdridge

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.The sketch above by our enthusiastic and inspiring watercolour painting tutor Mike Willdridge of the marketplace in the nearby mediaeval walled town of Fivizzano, where we go to on Tuesdays during our Watermill weeks. You can come and paint and sketch with Mike at the Watermill next June: there are more details about his 2019 painting course with us below. Or please click here for more details.

Mike always carries a sketchbook with him wherever he goes and considers it a vital part of his artistic life. He’d like you to do the same. He says: It’s incredible how looking back on a past sketchbook will instantly remind you not only of the subject matter but also quite personal feelings you may have experienced at the time. Try it! I don’t keep a diary but my sketchbooks (I have a lot of them) are an instant recall of many, many memories.”

Mike adds: “Maybe a good analogy is that of ‘smells’. How often does a certain smell straight-away remind you of something in your past? I suggest that It’s much the same with a sketchbook.” 

Here’s an example. Mike says: “From this paint and ink drawing I can recall vividly the wonderful old chateau we stayed at, the exact time of day, the people I spoke to whilst drawing etc. etc.”

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

Frog on a Fountain. Villa I Bossi, Arrezzo, Italy, 2014

A sketchbook can also be a great vehicle for gathering information. Mike says: “Maybe it’s for something specific – to help you with a ‘finished’ painting.  Maybe you have no idea why you’re using a sketchbook but, at a later date, it proves useful; an ‘aide-memoire’ to help you or inspire you towards another work.”

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

Two pages from visits to museums and galleries

“I don’t know whether you’ve noticed but, so far, I haven’t used the word “drawing”. This has been deliberately to emphasise that ‘anything goes’ for working in a sketchbook. Yes, most of my uses of a sketchbook involve drawing and painting but a sketchbook can also take found objects, cuttings, photos, written work, scribbled ideas, other people’s work (my grandchildren are always painting in my books), postcards etc., etc.”

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

A sketch of one of the small wooden bridges across the millstream at Posara

Mike concludes: “Sketchbooks can be very personal recorders of events in your life but there is no need to be precious about their use. You’re not likely to have to hang your sketchbook on a wall for all to see. The sketchbook can be, if you wish, a collection of memories and information for your eyes only.”Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Mike Willdridge works and teaches in a wide range of media and is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor with more than 20 years’ experience. Although his classes are always light-hearted and fun, he is experienced enough to vary the level of ‘teaching’ to individual needs. For more about Mike and his course of the Watermill, please click here.  We already have eight bookings on Mike’s course next June, two of them non-painting partners. So we still have room for five or six more painters. And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird offer: there is a £75 discount on this inspiring 2019 painting course if you book before the end of this year. Come and create your own colourful and enduring memories!

 

 

 

Memorable pictures from our Watermill painting weeks

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

We thought we just like to share with you a few pictures from our Watermill painting weeks. The one above is by our tutor and friend Terry Jarvis, of one of the villages in the Apuan Alps, one of the locations on our painting excursions from the mill.

And here’s a friendly ink and watercolour sketch by one of our students, Nancy Kimzey Anderson, bringing a bubbly personal touch to the Medician fountain in the main square of Fivizzano, where we go to paint on market days.

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And how about this study of an ancient doorway, by student Robert Christopher?

These are just three of the delightful paintings and sketches made by our students and tutors alike: there are endless subjects to paint in and around the watermill and in the lovely unspoiled countryside of northern Tuscany which surrounds us. Come and find your own subject and enjoy inspiring tuition on a fun-filled, sun-filled painting week at the Watermill. Places are filling fast and we have an enticing Early Bird discount offer: if you book on one of our 2019 courses before the end of this year, there’s a £75 discount.

Here’s a list of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring 2019 painting courses:

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

Paul Talbot-Greaves
27 April to 4 May 2019 

Watercolours (and acrylics)
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please click here.

 

Keiko Tanabe
18-25 May 2019

Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1-8 June 2019 and 8-15 June 2019 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her courses at the mill, please click here.

 

Vicki Norman
122-29 June 2019

Oils en plein air

To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Mike Willdridge
29 June to 6 July 2019

Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

To learn more about Mike & his course, please click here.

 

Sue Ford
13-20 July 2019

Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics

To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Jude Scott
17-24 August 2019 and 24-31 August 2019

Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics

To learn more about Jude and her courses at the mill, please click here.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August to 7 September 2019

Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours

To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Claire Warner
14-21 September 2019

Watercolours, oils and acrylics

To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21-28 September 2019

Courageous Color Workshop in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolours

To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Charles Sluga
28 September to 5 October 2019

Watercolours, acrylics and oils

To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please click here.

 

Tim Wilmot
5-12 October 2019

Watercolours

To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please click here.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019

Watercolours

To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please click here.

You can learn more about our 2009 painting holiday programme, including a typical itinerary and the costs for our delightful bedrooms and self-contained apartment suites, by clicking here.

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

A masterly watercolour by David Taylor of the market in nearby Fivizzano, where we going to paint Tuesdays.

 

Painting with Sue could be hard on your fingers!

Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I’ve always loved this pastel painting by our charming and inspiring watermill tutor Sue Ford. And, believe it or not, it’s painted on sandpaper! She says: “The gritty tooth of this paper makes it an ideal support for pastel paintings as it grips the pastel. However, it’s hard going on your fingers especially if you like to rub pastel in!”

Sue loves creating pictures in any medium – and she loves passing on what she’s learned to other people to help them release their creativity. So, we are delighted to welcome her back for another special week-long painting course. She will with us from 13-20 July 2019 and will teach in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic. I’ve just made a short Facebook slideshow about Sue and the Watermill and you can see it by clicking here.

Here is a watercolour demonstration by Sue of the village and castle of Verrucola, where we go to paint on Mondays during her week.Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

As well as a multitalented, multimedia artist Sue is a very keen teacher. One previous guests one of her courses at the Watermill said: “Sue Ford is an exceptional tutor with a lovely manner and treats all with respect and kindness.” Sue says: “Each student will be guided carefully throughout the day, from initial demonstration to getting started, followed by patient, professional tuition. I aim to help my students to create paintings which will give them the confidence in their abilities and help them to develop their own artistic vision.”

One of our guests on Sue’s previous painting course at the mill said: “I had a wonderful time. Everything was superb – the accommodation, the trips out and the food! Utterly wonderful. It was an experience that I will treasure.”

Enjoying painting tuition with Sue in the Watermill’s walled garden

You can find out more about Sue and her course at the Watermill by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! 

And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2018 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2019 painting holiday.

And here are a couple of practical tips from Sue to get the best out of working in the exciting medium of pastels. Sue says: “It’s best to work pastel paintings upright, on an easel, allowing the pastel to fall down the paper; otherwise you’ll be blowing dust around if worked flat.  I also place a folded piece of paper at the base of the drawing board to catch the falling dust.

 “And, before putting your pastels back into the box, clean them by putting the used pastels into ground rice in a plastic box with lid. Give them a shake and they’ll come out pristine clean.”

And finally, there’s another wonderful Sue Ford pastel, of the beach at Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, one of the venues for our excursion day on Wednesdays during our painting weeks.