Put your easel in our landscapes with Mark

Painting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented, enthusiastic and inspiring English painting tutor Mark Warner has an engaging habit of taking a picture of his easel in the landscapes he paints. There’s one above. We’d like you to do the same and put your easel in our landscapes during Mark’s painting week with us this Summer. Details below. Eight people are already booked in, so we have room for just three or four more painters.

Actually, you don’t even have to bring your own easel unless you want to: we’ll lend you one of our lightweight ones when we go out to one of our stunning locations during the week, including a castle with a village nestling at its feet, a walled Medieval town, a privately-owned convent and a hilltop village with extraordinary views of the mountains.

You can use it, too, in the watermill courtyard, walled garden and along the riverside and millstream. Don’t forget to take a photo, like Mark.

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Mark Warner is a specialist in acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel and his painting course here will run from Saturday 22 July to Saturday 29 July 2017.

Amy Monte dei Binachi view

Mark lives in Shropshire in England and is not only a respected artist but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience. Mark is passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. His sessions are very popular — and he leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment.  He says I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes/photographs taken on location.”

Keiko garden 2 Jess -reducedSketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself.” Mark works on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. He says: “I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.” 

Mark at easelPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel.

To learn more about Mark and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Watermill lost in the wonderful scenery

Discover how to paint a plein air picture in just 20 minutes with Tom Byrne

Painting by Tom J Byrne, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Our new Watermill painting tutor Tom Byrne, who stepped happily into the breach when Sarah Spencer had to full out for medical reasons, reckons he can show you how to achieve a great plein air study in just 20 minutes.

Tom’s course, in oils and watercolours, will run from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 7th June. There are more details below. The course is suitable both for beginners and more established plein air painters.

Painted in watercolor in the Corsini gardens, florence, Italy. May 2015. This is the tree over the box maze where the tortise wander around being cute.

Painted in watercolour in the Corsini gardens, Florence, Italy. Tom says: “This is the tree over the box maze where the tortoise wander around being cute.”

During the week we’ll be visiting local beauty spots as well as painting in the stunning Watermill gardens and along the millstream and river and Tom says: “I’ll be demonstrating both at the mill and on location an I’ll be showing you methods for making a quick study as well as more elaborate techniques.” There will be 20-minute painting studies in both oil and watercolour.

The focus will be on good composition and among the topics are:

  • Best practice in laying in a plein air
  • Under-painting for plein air and alla prima in oil.
  • How to use watercolour in wet on wet and colour layers.

Tom says: “Italy has always been the first-choice location for artists who flock here from all over the world to experience the light, friendly people, good food and verdant Italian countryside. We’ll do all that at The Watermill.”

Tom J Byrne is a landscape painter living in Florence, Italy where he specialises in plein air painting. He is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”

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

Work in progress: a view over Florence by Tom Byrne

Here’s some praise from former students. One said: Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said: “Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

Come and join us at the Watermill and paint en plein air in the glorious Tuscan countryside with TomLunigiana Bardellino

Happy memories of painting at the Watermill from Sue. She’ll be creating more this Summer


Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Sue Ford
, our delightful and talented painting tutor from England, is returning to the Watermill this Summer. She says This is one of my favourite venues. My last course here, in 2015 was a great success: a lovely group of people and Bill and Lois made us very welcome. The authentic local food and the accommodation were beautiful — and we enjoying fabulous days our paining on location.” Sue’s painting above of the beach at Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, one of the locations for our Wednesday excursion during our week-long creative courses. We like it so much it is hanging on the Watermill sitting room wall.

Sue’s inspiring week-long painting course is in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic will run from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 22 July. More details below. Sue says: “I just love creating pictures in any medium – and I love passing on what I’ve learned to other people and to help them release their creativity.”

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

A demonstration painting by Sue of the arch in the Watermill courtyard

Her students enjoyed their Watermill week with Sue, too: One 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. Sue Ford is an exceptional tutor with a lovely manner and treats all with respect and kindness.”

Sue with studentsSue Ford was born in York, North Yorkshire and has experimented with almost every conceivable media in her career. She now a well recognised and admired professional artist and tutor. Here are some of her pupils at work in another of our great en plein air locations, an old monastery:

Sue Ford Joy and Sanjana at Convento

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.”

sue plus pic15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford  Three or four places left

To learn more about Sue and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

 

Just two places left on Nel and Bec’s first pastel course at the Watermill

Nel and Rebecca head shotWe are delighted that Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça are coming to us for a unique week-long course in pastels this September. There are more details below. We are also delighted that 10 students (and two non-pastelling partners) are already booked in for this course, so we only have room for two more students (and possibly one more npp!) Nel and Bec will be with us from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 30 September 2017.

They say: “We are very excited about this course, as it is our first New Pastel School course abroad. The course will include some painting en plein air, some studio based work and trips out to beautiful locations. What we seek to offer is a new experience of using pastels outside and to introduce the joys of exploring how inspiring another countries landscape and countryside can be. As ever the atmosphere will be relaxed with one to one help, demonstrations and lots of lovely food! We seek to inspire you all to try something different and join us.”

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

A pastel called Good Afternoon by Nel Whatmore

Here’s what one of their students on a previous course had to say: “I just wanted to write to say how much I valued the opportunity of being with you both again. You work so well together… Your teaching plan is extremely well thought out and balanced; it is highly intensive but you reach out to your students on so many levels, adding layers of experience and competence with every session.  The interactive classes had us all totally engaged and we learned so much more from discussing how to finish your picture. You are professionals with a capital ‘P’…”

Together Nel and Bec have created The New Pastel School, after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work. Their course at the Watermill offers the unusual experience of having these two experienced pastel artists sharing the tuition, and combining their expertise and great enthusiasm for this versatile and exciting medium. As tutors, they can help people to see that there are always different ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels.

Nel's wonderful pastel 'Star of the garden.'

Nel’s wonderful pastel ‘Star of the garden.’

Nel Whatmore loves colour and paints in a very expressive way as her focus is on light and getting emotion into a painting. She particularly adores painting flowers, landscapes and seascapes. She has been a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show for the past 10 years, where her stand has won multiple awards including a 5 star award in 2016. She has appeared on TV and celebrity collectors include Zoe Ball, Richard and Judy, Gary Neville and David Gower.

 

 

Rebecca's pastel Lying in the Sand

Rebecca’s pastel Lying in the Sand

Rebecca de Mendonça’s teaching and painting is the result of a varied career in the arts that has taken her from a degree at Wimbledon College of Art in Theatre Design, and working on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall and the Phantom of the Opera to exhibiting at The Pastel Society and being a well known demonstrator. She has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet, actors in West End Shows, and has had work accepted by the Society of Equine Artists and The Pastel Society.

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça One or two places left

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click  here

Tom Byrne steps in for Sarah for a great oil (and watercolour) painting course

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

An oil of one of the hills surrounding Florence, by Tom Byrne

I am sorry to have to report that our lovely oil painting tutor Sarah Spencer has developed a medical problem, which makes her painting arm numb and weak. The diagnosis is currently inconclusive, but Sarah is on steroid injections to keep the mobility in her right hand and has been advised not to travel. We wish her the very best for her long-term recovery.

Sarah will clearly not be able to take her course with us this June, but we have happily been able to secure the services of a wonderful oil (and, an added bonus, watercolour) painter, Tom J Byrne, who lives and works in Florence, Italy. Some time back, Tom was a pupil of our friend Michael John Angel, Director of Studies at the Angel Academy in Florence – and ‘Johnny’ Angel was in turn a pupil of the great portrait and fresco painter Pietro Annigoni. So Tom has an impeccable artistic pedigree. We like his work so much we recently gave one of Tom’s paintings of Florence to a special friend for a special birthday present.

Tom's oil painting of Florence which which we bought and gave as a special birthday present

Tom’s oil painting of Florence which which we bought and gave as a special birthday present

Tom J Byrne is a landscape painter living in Florence, Italy where he specialises in plein air painting. He is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”

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

Work in progress: another view over Florence

Here’s some praise from former students. One said: Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said: “Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

Come and join us at the Watermill and paint the glorious Tuscan countryside of Lunigiana with TomLunigiana Bardellino

Enjoy an ‘amazing’ painting — and gastronomic — experience with Lea

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

Lea Nixon’s painting of a corner of the Watermill courtyard

Our talented and inspiring English watercolour tutor Lea Nixon is joining us this June for another sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring painting course and we’d love to welcome you here, too. Here’s what one guest said about Lea’s course here last year: “The whole experience was amazing … I loved it.”

Another said: “Lea was a wonderful tutor. He not only encouraged us to be productive but divided his attention equally with all his students, a hard task at times to achieve. I personally felt I came home with some worthwhile artwork but mainly came away with a wealth of new-found knowledge gleaned from watching and learning Lea’s painting style.”

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

Lea’s painting of the market in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano, where we go to paint on Tuesdays

And it’s not just a painting experience. As well as Lea’s skilled and sympathetic tuition, you’ll also enjoy the Italian lifestyle, especially the food. Another guest on Lea’s last course wrote: I very much enjoyed my week at the Watermill. What you do is quite unique in that you get the gastronomy as well, visiting the various restaurants and your own excellent kitchen to experience the true taste of Tuscan food and wine. Furthermore, nothing is too much trouble and you have the personal attention of the owners to ensure that you have a good time.”

Another guest said: “I have been on at least 50 weeks of workshops in the last 12 years and I have to say that the last one with you was the best ever in terms of the organisation and the lovely food and wine we had. The local restaurants were very memorable – the sort of places you wouldn’t go to on your own, full of character and a quality experience.”

Dinner at the watermill..Great tastes, good company.

Dinner at the watermill..Great tastes, good company.

Lea Nixon head and shouldersLea Nixon is an exceptional watercolour painter from Wigan in the north-west of England for whom mood, character and atmosphere are particularly important. Lea specialises in watercolours, the magic of which excites him again and again. He has been a school teacher for the past 30 years in art and music, so creativity is in his blood – and he likes nothing more than to help others to achieve their artistic goals. Lea says: There are many different styles and ways to paint a picture and your own personal style defines you as an artist. I like to spot the originality in my students and work with them to develop their skills. It is fantastic fun.”

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

Lea’s painting of Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre, one of our excursion venues

Lea’s course at The Watermill is for all levels of experience. He says: “We’ll learn about all the qualities to make a good watercolour and I’ll give you a procedure which will simplify the whole painting process. Watercolour is a captivating medium and there are so many ways to use it to make beautiful pictures.”

Lea Nixon head and shouldersPainting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.24 June- 1 July Watercolours

with Lea Nixon

To learn more about Lea and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

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

Tuscan poppies by Lea Nixon

Yet another speedy picture from Mark Warner

Mark Speed 3I love the speedy time-lapse videos that our Watermill painter Mark Warner sends us from time to time and I can’t resist sharing them with you.

Here’s another one. That’s just a screen shot above: you can see the whole video by clicking on this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By5N2pMQ3jDqSWxVTGlQLVFuQWM/view.

The painting is a view from Stiperstones Ridge in Shropshire, England, in oil and black conte on blue pastel paper.

This time it was produced back in the studio from a photo taken while up on the hills painting a different view. And here’s a painted sketch from the same location, but looking in the opposite direction. Mark says: “I like my colour and mark-making!”Painting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mark Warner is a specialist in acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel and his course here will run from Saturday 22 July to Saturday 29 July 2017. Eight places  are already already taken for this course, so we have room for three or more painters.

Mark at easelMark Warner is an artist and tutor who lives in Shropshire in England. He is not only a respected artist but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience. Mark is passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. His sessions are very popular — and he leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment.  He says “I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes/photographs taken on location.”

Sketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: “This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself.” Mark works on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. He says: “I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.” Here’s Mark’s ‘Harbour Boat Sketch.’Harbour Boat Sketch (4)

Mark at easelPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel.

To learn more about Mark and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Come and make marks with Mark — and savour the magic of Tuscany and The Watermill.Tom riverside photo Jun 13

 

Use Colo(u)r Contrasts to ‘Push and Pull’ Areas in your Paintings, says Maggie Renner Hellmann

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented and sympathetic Californian painting tutor Maggie Renner Hellmann has just sent us this inspiring painting tip for using color (or colour if you’re English!) contrasts to enhance your paintings.You can learn more about this and much else besides on Maggie’s ‘Courageous Colo(u)r Workshop’ at the Watermill this June (details below). We already have 13 painters booked in to this course, but have room for one or two more.

Maggie says: “As a painter and composer of paintings, you will want to direct the viewers eye to your ‘focal areas’ (i.e.: focal point, star, or what delighted you about this particular view to want to paint it!) Here are some useful tools to help you ‘push back’ and ‘pull forward’ areas in your work.”

She says: “Not everything gets to be the ‘star’. Think in terms of music: You want a chorus background and a lead singer. The ‘star’ in your painting is that lead singer.”

To bring the viewer to the star of your painting, you can use three techniques (left to riht in the picture above.):

  1. Color Value Contrast: Place your lightest light next to your darkest dark to bring the viewer’s eye here. Others areas will have lower value contrast. This is a method noticeably used by many ‘Realism’ painters.
  2. Color Intensity Contrast: Use your most vibrant or intense color at the focal point to bring the viewer’s eye here. Other areas are more muted in color intensity. This is a method noticeably used by many ‘Tonalism’ painters.
  3. Color Hue Contrast: Use complementary hues at the focal point to bring
    the viewer’s eye here. (ie: Purple next to yellow, or red next to green.) This is a method noticeably used by many ‘Modern’ painters.

Maggie says: “Feel free to use one of these methods, or varying amounts of all three to ‘push’ and ‘pull’ areas in the composing your paintings, according to your sensibilities

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Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California painter who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant color. She says: “I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.”

Maggie is also a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. She’s been teaching for more than 15 years – and she loves it! Her years of experience in painting in many mediums have distilled her teaching to the core fundamentals that will help guide any painter toward success. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced.

Here’s some praise from some of her former students: “What I liked best about the workshop was Maggie’s approachable manner and encouragement, her clear understanding about color and light, her experience in simplifying landscapes and the discipline of first studying the subject in values – and how to make poetry out of a simple landscape.”

“What I particularly like about your teaching is that you seem to be able to distil the learning into meaningful chunks that are understandable and then you demonstrate the concept and have us practice it. Your methodology is very effective. I really like getting your feedback. You give it in a very helpful and constructive way and always let us observe you painting.”

RENNER H&SPainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.17-24 June Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums

with Maggie Renner Hellmann. One or two places left

To learn more about Maggie and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly: a painting checklist from Charles Sluga

Charles Good Bad and UglyOur talented and inspiring Australian painting tutor Charles Sluga has posted this interesting tip in a recent newsletter. He asks: Basically, how do you know if your painting is good, bad or ugly?”

Charles says; “Here is a little checklist:
The Good
Your painting is pleasing to look at and has a simple clear message.
The colours are in harmony – meaning they sit well together and you haven’t got too many unrelated colours.
There is an overall tonal pattern, with a dominant tone.
You have a combination of soft and hard, or lost and found edges.
It isn’t complicated by unnecessary detail.
You have eliminated what is not needed for the ‘story’.
It has the mood you wish to convey.
You want to continue looking at the painting.

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

The Good

The bad and the ugly
Charles says: “When a painting is bad it is often also ugly, but not always. It can be pretty, but a bad painting. So let’s combine the two – Bad and Ugly.”

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

The Bad and the Ugly

Charles says; These are the indications that you have a bad and/or ugly painting.”
The Bad and Ugly
Lacks a clear concept.
Visually displeasing.
Too many hard or found edges.
Too many unrelated colours.
Bad design.
No clear tonal pattern.

Charles adds: “Look at the two very quick studies (both unfinished) here and see which of these you can apply. Note that these conditions also apply to an abstract. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, but how it is designed that matters.”

Charles Sluga is a highly respected and sought-after watercolour artist in Australia who has gained a reputation for his versatility in both his technique and choice of subject matter. Charles is also skilled in acrylics and oils and is happy to teach in those media, too. Charles not only teaches technique, but also how to think and see as an artist, which he considers just as important. His friendliness, sense of humour and willingness to impart his knowledge makes his classes relaxed, informal and inspiring.

Here’s what some previous students had to say: In addition to being a very talented artist, Charles is an extremely capable and professional teacher: we all benefited from his instruction and guidance during the week.” The most relaxing holiday I have had for a long time: lovely accommodation and exceptional food.”

At the moment Charles’ course is fully booked, but there may be cancellations and we can put you on our waiting list.

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)

with Charles Sluga

To learn more about Charles and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Come and be good The Watermill!

Painting by Charles Sluga, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.

Inspiring oils from Sarah’s course at the Watermill last year

Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented and inspirational English oil and acrylic painting tutor Sarah Spencer has just posted some fine oils from her lovely course with us at The Watermill last year. The one above is an oil on panel of some Tuscan olive groves, while below is a study of the loggia in the Malaspina castle at nearby Verrucola, where we go to paint on Mondays during our courses.

Sarah S VerrucolaAnd here’s an atmospheric oil of an ancient staircase on the Convento dei Carmine, another stunning Watermill location.

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

We are looking forward to welcoming Sarah back for another inspiring oil and acrylic painting week. Here are some of her painters last year in the sunny Watermill courtyard:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Award-winning English artist Sarah Spencer RAS, NEAC* is internationally known for her landscapes, portraits and still lifes. She has had no fewer than 10 solo exhibitions in London since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools. Her work has won national and international acclaim. (*Alumnus of the Royal Academy Schools, elected member of the New English Art Club and Federation of British Artists.) She also tutors painting courses and leads masterclasses for, among others, the UK Royal Academy and the University of the Creative Arts.

Sarah is a passionate and inspiring teacher. She says: I am really looking forward again to sharing my passion and passing on what I’ve learned about oil and acrylic painting and about drawing.”  Her course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced painters. We have three or four places left.

As well as landscapes, you may also want to try your hand at portraits or still lifes. Sarah is skilled in teaching those, too. Here’s her charming ‘small picture of a small person‘:

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

We had a lovely time this year at the Watermill with Sarah. As one guest said: Thank you for taking such good care of us. The group was lovely and Sarah Spencer was very helpful with the tips on techniques.”

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June 2017 Oils, acrylics and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer Three or four places

To learn more about Sarah and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us!

Looking forward to meeting you in the Watermill courtyard

Looking forward to meeting you in the Watermill courtyard