Bring your partner on a Watermill creative week and enjoy a ‘Posara Holiday’ scooter ride!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.I used the still above, from the famous film Roman Holiday to urge people coming on our Watermill creative holidays to bring their partner with them. And it reminded me of one of the happy pictures we took this Summer of my daughter Lara and I posing on one of the old Vespas collected by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni:

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I am no Gregory Peck, but I reckon Lara can give Audrey Hepburn a run for her money in the good-looking stakes!

We also had fun with Flavio’s vintage scooters during a Summer painting week with our Australian cobber Terry Jarvis. Here’s one of our guests, Geraldine Larkins, getting ready for a spin.. Behind is Terry himself, holding up a sketch of the scooter, which he made as a present for Flavio.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s the sketch:

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If you fancy a spin through the village yourself next year, I am sure we can persuade Flavio to take you. Whether you come with your partner or not…

Now it’s November you’ve only two more months to take advantage of our Early Bird offer, of £GBP 75 off any creative course, which expires at the end of the year. So why not scoot to our website (just click here) and choose which course suits you best. Next year’s courses are filling fast, so a quick scoot is advised!

Here’s the list. First, painting courses:

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

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

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Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

Sandra plus pic26 May – 2 June 2018 AND 2-9 June 2018

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her courses at The Watermill, please click here

Sarah Y plus pic9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

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

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Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

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

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Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

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

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Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.15-22 September 2018 

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

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Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

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Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

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

For knitting courses:

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Sarah Hazell Three or four places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.14-21 July 2018

Marie Wallin Course full, waiting list

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

For Italian language holiday:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.30 June to 7 July 2018

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

For creative writing holiday:

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Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

For yoga retreat:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.25 August – 1 September 2018

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

For personal development retreat:

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18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

To learn more about Caroline and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here.

Don’t forget your partner!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. For more details, please click here.  They also receive a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

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

It’s a great offer! Pass it on!

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our 2018 creative courses.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.

Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

 

Daily demos from Tim at stunning locations

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

I just made a slide show on the Watermill’s Facebook page of some of the great demonstration paintings made by our brilliant watercolour tutor Tim Wilmot. But I couldn’t use them all, so here are a couple of them from the Facebook show and a few more for you to enjoy. This year Tim made a couple of demos every day, as well as making sure all his students were well looked after with help and advice.

Above is a study of the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara, from the grounds of the gourmet restaurant, where we go to paint — and eat! — during your painting week. And this is a study of the steps to the loggia of the great Malaspina castle at nearby Verrucola:

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This is Tim’s impression of the back of the Watermill and the plunge pool:

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And below, the belltower in Fivizzano on market day:

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

Finally, a colourful impression of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, one of our excursion venues:

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We had a wonderful week with Tim and we are looking forward to welcoming him, and his wife Sheila, back for another inspiring week next year. As well as an exciting artist, Tim is also an inspiring teacher and on his course, suitable for all levels, he’ll help you to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape as well as nurturing you own artistic ambitions. As one student of Tim’s says: I can’t help being inspired by the careful and wonderfully measured strokes of a genius.”

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with Tim Wilmot

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our Painting Holiday Enquiry Form by clicking here. Here’s another atmospheric demonstration painting by Tim to whet your appetite:

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Sensational oil paintings from Vicki from our part of Tuscany. Come and join her next year!

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Above is a beautifully evocative study in oils of the Alpi Apuane mountains near The Watermill, made by our new tutor Vicki Norman on a previous painting expedition to this beautiful area. Vicki says: “I got up very early one morning to make a study of the colours as I looked across the valley … I wanted to record the colours of the hills as they receded.”

In her paintings Vicki seeks to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour and play of the light and she’s certainly done so here. She says: “The bright yellow of the ginestra at the front contrasted beautifully with the lilac of the marble- capped mountains behind. I knew if I could capture the colours of the moment, I could use them for subsequent studio paintings at home.

You, too, will be painting those sensational mountains on Vicki’s course. The week-long course is primarily in oils but Vicki is happy to teach in other mediums, too. It will run from Saturday 6 October to Saturday 13 October 2018. Come and join us and share the magic. We already have seven people booked in for Vicki’s course, so now is the time to reserve your place and take advantage of our Early Bird booking discount (see below.)

Below is another great oil painting, called  Massa sunset. (Massa is the capital of the province in which The Watermill is located).

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

Vicki says: “Looking south from the coast below Fivizzano, it is possible to see the marble docks at Massa. This is where they took Michelangelo’s marble from the mountains and prepared it for transport sculptures, what an amazing place! And it’s still working now, I liked the sense of history and the colours of the industrial machinery against the sky at sunset was irresistible. The soft colours blended in the sky and I found repeating spots of orange and red along the beach that allowed me to play with mark making and small accents of colour. I’m very fond of this painting, it sums up so many things I love about Tuscany!”

Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.As well as a great painter, Vicki is also a great teacher. She’s been teaching professionally for more than 20 years and offers plenty of help and individual attention. As one previous student said: Vicki has a way of explaining complex ideas that makes them simple enough for a beginner to grasp easily, yet she can stretch the advanced painters in the group too.”

Vicki specialises in teaching en plein air and we have many great locations for you in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana surrounding The Watermill. Vicki will teach primarily in oils and watercolours, but she’s happy to help with other mediums, too.

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!

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6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils (and other mediums)

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

Early Bird discount:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our Painting Holiday Enquiry Form by clicking here. Here’s another atmospheric Vicki Norman painting to whet your appetite:

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

Mike’s Scilly sketches capture the essence of the islands in a few strokes

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our friend and Watermill watercolour painting tutor Mike Willdridge and his delightful wife Sue have recently returned from a week on St Martin’s in the Isles of Scilly. Mike has sent me a couple of watercolours (with black ink) of part of St Agnes, the smallest and least inhabited island of the five main islands and the southernmost settlement in England.

Mike says: “I’ve tried to capture something of the ruggedness and isolation of this island using as few marks as possible and working quickly into my sketchbook.”

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Mike will be back at The Watermill next year, from Saturday 8 September to Saturday 15 September 2018, and we’d love you to join us for his fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. Mike will teach primarily in watercolours, but he is skilled in, and happy to teach in, gouache and acrylics too.

Mike is particularly keen on all forms of drawing as a way of recording and responding to everyday events. As you seem, he constantly uses a sketchbook and will encourage you to do the same, gathering speedy impressions and building up a visual record of your time at the Watermill and among the mountains, castles, walled towns and hilltop villages of this unspoiled region of Tuscany. Below are a couple of his ‘Posara’ sketches, which were demonstrations made when out ‘on location’.Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

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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.

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.”

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!

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8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our Painting Holiday Enquiry Form by clicking here.

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

Mike’s picture of the millstream rushing beneath gardener Flavio’s famous bridge

Take off on a painting flight with Sandra at The Watermill

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Isn’t this a stunning watercolour by Sandra Strohschein, one of our inspirational painting tutors at the mill? It’s called Solo flight. Sandra will be with us again next year, so why not join her and let your watercolours take off, too!

Sandra is coming back for not one, but two inspiring weeks. Choose one, or come on both! (See below.) Her painting below, of a rainy market day in the nearby walled town of Fivizzano, was made on location during a recent visit to The Watermill. A painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy

We had a wonderful course with Sandra earlier this year and our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A couple of their comments: “Sandra was full of enthusiasm and talent and made every day a joy.  To have two chances most days to paint was utter heaven and in such wonderful surroundings. I didn’t paint a masterpiece but thoroughly enjoyed my week.  I hope to remember some of the tricks Sandy taught us and use them in the future.”

 “Many thanks to you both for a fabulous week. Your forethought, hard work and professionalism are very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and nothing was at fault. You have created a gem. Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all your lovely people.”

Sandra will be back for these two weeks: 26 May to 2 June and 2-9 June 2018, so why not join her for one, or even both of them? You’ll have to hurry, though, we already have seven bookings on her first course next year, and seven on her second! So we’ve room for just four or five more painters on each week. And if you book now you’ll qualify for our Early Bird discount.

Painting by Sandra Strohshein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.

A painting of the Watermill from the riverside by Sandra

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersSandra Strohschein from Michigan, USA, has achieved an extraordinary mastery of her medium, transparent watercolours. She works in a fast loose impressionistic style, but above all, she produces passionate, emotionally charged paintings, full of energy.

As for her teaching, people frequently tell her about how much fun they have on her workshops and how nobody ever wants them to end. Anohter painting guest on her course at the mill said: “Watching your demonstrations was such an education and your kind and patient individual help was invaluable.”  

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!

 Sandra plus picSandra Strohsheine

Waterolours

26 May to 2 June AND 2-9 June 2018

Please click here to learn more about Sandra’s painting holidays at The Watermill. 

 Early Bird discount: book now!

 If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our secure Booking Enquiry Form by clicking here.

Come and join us and savour the magic of The Watermill!

Sandra under the roses in the walled garden

Sandra under the roses in the walled garden

Come and join Terry on his stellar Watermill painting course

Terry rose demo 1“I wanted to thank you for a most wonderful stay at The Watermill.  Your treatment of us was terrific.  Six stars doesn’t come close!  I enjoyed every minute. Terry’s course was great.  He is an excellent teacher – very encouraging and knows how to bring out the best in his students.  He has a great personality.”

That’s a comment from one of our guests on Terry Jarvis‘s inspiring painting course earlier this year. Terry will be returning here next year with a special week-long painting course in watercolours (and oils and acrylics). His course will run from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018. Why not come too and enjoy the six-star treatment?

Don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a generous £GBP 75 per person discount (about AUD 120) on any of our fabulous 2018 painting holidays.

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

Terry’s lovely watercolour of market day in nearby Fivizzano, where we go on location during our painting week

Terry Jarvis is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists. The son of a goldminer, he was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals Terry also works in oils, pastels and acrylics and is happy to teach in those media too. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills.

Here’s what another guest on one of Terry’s Watermill courses had to say: “Terry Jarvis was superb with people, very positive and very relaxed. I’ve been on painting holidays before and learned nothing but Terry was great. When you got stuck he’d come along with a smile – and a brush – and bring your picture to life. He wasn’t afraid to criticise your work, but he had a really positive attitude, which helped you to improve.”

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

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Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

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

Come and join us and enjoy a six-star, sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring week!Terry rose demo POV

 

Come and paint your own new works in Tuscany with Sarah Yeoman

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I love seeing new work by our talented watermill painting tutors, so I was very pleased to receive some new pictures from Sarah Yeoman this week. I really warm to the realistic, yet atmospheric images in Cabin kitchen, above, celebrating the simple cabin in the Adirondacks where Sarah spends much of her time in the Summer. And how about Round Pond, below? Sarah has a magical way of evoking water.

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

Speaking of water, here’s Sarah’s wonderful watercolour of the Rive Rosaro as it flows past the Watermill, painted by Sarah during one of her earlier watercolour tuition weeks here.

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

And here are some of Sarah’s students, watching and learning, before embarking on their own quests to capture our beautiful scenery on paper.

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We have many fond memories of our previous  painting weeks with Sarah, so we are doubly delighted that she is coming for two weeks next year, from Saturday 9 June to Saturday 16 June 2018 and from Saturday 16 June to Saturday 23 June 2018. We’d be delighted to welcome you here, too, for one – or both – of Sarah’s sun-filled, in-filled, inspiring weeks. And don’t forget the Early Bird discount (see below.)

This is Sarah’s famous picture of the Watermill, which hangs in pride of place in our sitting room.

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.

As well as being an award-winning artist, Sarah is also a very talented teacher, who brings out the best in her students, recognising their unique talents. One commented: “Many artists are successful in producing paintings, but not all are true teachers. Sarah has the ability to demonstrate confidently, withholding none of her ‘secrets’, to encourage students and gently give suggestions for improvement.”

Another said of one of Sarah’s previous painting courses at The Watermill: Our week’s tuition with Sarah was awe-inspiring. Her attitude to taking on a subject and her encouragement and enthusiasm made everyone improve their painting during the week.” Another guest added: “I had a fabulous time and enjoyed everything – the scenery, meeting new people, the lovely ambience of the Watermill and of course, the painting and Sarah.”

New Sarah Y H&S EditedSarah Yeoman is an award-wining American watercolour artist whose mastayers, and unusual perspective sets her apart from the crowd. She is known for her command of light and the strong narrative of her pictures.

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!

Early Bird discountIf you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount (about $100) on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability or reserve your place, please use our  painting enquiry form by clicking here.

New Sarah Y H&S EditedPainting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

 

Please click here to learn more about Sarah’s painting holidays at The Watermill. 

Come and share the magic of The Watermill!

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

Sarah’s watercolour study of a view from the Watermill studio

 

Come drink the wine…

Charles demijohnsHere’s a rather fine watercolour of our collection of old demijohns (vessels for storing wine) in The Watermill courtyard made by our lovely Australian tutor Charles Sluga.

He was tutor to a fun group of seven Americans, three Australians and three Brits last month. We are nothing is not cosmopolitan at The Watermill. Of the demijohns, he says: “No, they were not full before the workshop!”

 Charles won’t be with us again until 2019, but you can see the demijohns (and paint them if you dare), drink our wine (from a more demure carafe) and enjoy expert tuition next year from our inspiring  2018 painting tutors.


paul plus picPaul Talbot-Greaves
28 April to 5 May 2018 – course full, waiting list open
Watercolours (and acrylics)

To learn more about Paul, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


maggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann
19 May to 26 May 2018
‘Courageous Color Workshop’

To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
26 May to 2 June 2018 and
2 June to 9 June 2018

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


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Sarah Yeoman
9 June to 16 June 2018 and
16 June to 23 June 2018

Watercolours

To learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


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Terry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel and Bec plus picNel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça
1 September to 8 September 2018
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca, their course at the mill and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page


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Mike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


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

Claire Warner
15 September to 22 September 2018
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


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Vicki Norman
6 October to 13 October 2018
Oils en plein air

To learn more about Vicki, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


 

Tim plus picTim Wilmot
13 October to 20 October 2018
Watercolours

To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the mill!

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

Professional, but great fun, too. That’s Mike course (and the others) at The Watermill.

Mike group sillyWe pride ourselves at The Watermill on our efficient organisation, brilliant food and expert tuition. But above all we try also to provide warm hospitality and a sense of fun.

Our guests seem to appreciate our efforts and many return again and again, for which we are truly grateful (as well an enjoying their company!)

It’ always genuine fun on Mike Willdridge’s courses and to prove it he’s sent us the ‘silly’ picture of the group on his last course, posing for a photo at the end of the week.

Mike will be back at The Watermill next year, from Saturday 8 September to Saturday 15 September 2018, and we’d love you to join us for his fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. Mike will teach primarily in watercolours, but his is skilled in, and happy to teach in, gouache and acrylics too.

Mike is particularly keen on all forms of drawing as a way of recording and responding to everyday events. He constantly uses a sketchbook and will encourage you to do the same, gathering speedy impressions and building up a visual record of your time at the watermill and among the mountains, castles, walled towns and hilltop villages of this unspoiled region of Tuscany. Below are a couple of his ‘Posara’ sketches, all of which were demonstrations made when out ‘on location’.Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

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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.

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

The River Rosaro, which flows by the Watermill

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.”

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

Mike’s picture of the millstream rushing beneath gardener Flavio’s famous bridge

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!

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8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our Painting Holiday Enquiry Form by clicking here.

PS There’s a slide show featuring some more of Mike’s work on The Watermill Facebook page. Please click here to see it.

Watermill painting tutor Maggie has been hanging with the big boys and girls…

…at the American Impressionist Society National Annual Juried show:

Maggie impressionist She says: “If they could just move that 1st place big blue ribbon down a little bit…! Mine’s the one in the black frame!”

We think Maggie’s paintings deserve first place in many a show and we are looking forward to welcoming her back for another Courageous Color Workshop next year. (Details below). Here’s another lovely oil painting by Maggie, of the village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. It is based on a sketch she made there during her week here and finished off in her studio.Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy

And here’s a quick acrylic demonstration of the Tuscan landscape, made on location during her Watermill week:Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Our guests on her course this year had a wonderful time, judging by the feedback we’ve had. Here are some comments: Maggie is good at teaching in all mediums and with all levels.   She did wonderful demos in watercolour, acrylic, pastel and oil.  Every day we did critiques together and learned from each other. I highly recommend this art workshop as well as the most wonderful accommodation with great food and wine. A little piece of heaven in experiencing Italy.”

“Our experiences at the Watermill were definitely the highlights of our tours!

“Maggie’s gentle and helpful manner coupled with technical skill and aesthetic sense opened the gates of motivation for students, making them comfortable in their new surroundings and primed for an exciting creative experience in those beautiful hills of Tuscany. I also appreciated Maggie’s husband, Lou’s ready assists for our physical comforts. What a dream adventure, the two of you, along with Bill and Lois, prepared for all of us!”!

Maggie will be back for another Courageous Color Workshop next year, from Saturday 19 May to Saturday 26 May 2018.

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

Out on location in the glorious Tuscan countryside

Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California artist who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant colour. She says: “I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.”

Maggie is also an enthusiastic tutor who has been teaching for more than 15 years – and loves it! Her workshop will cover oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolour. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced painter. Maggie says: “In this plein air, we will paint in various spectacular Tuscan locations. You’ll learn about, and practise, the core elements of successful paintings – color, composition, focal point, light source, values, positive & negative shapes, volumes, edges, brushwork & perspective, as well as how to use contrasts to give excitement and drama to your paintings and much more!”

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!

*** If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please click here.

maggie plus pic

9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

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

Painting in the Watermill riverside garden