Archives for January 2016

Good enough to eat – and paint. Enjoy May strawberries with Janie

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.When outstanding botanical artist Janie Pirie visits us for her unique week-long course in the middle of May, we’re planning to have fresh Italian strawberries on the menu, artistically and gastronomically!

We English tend to think of fresh strawberries from June onwards (Wimbledon tennis!), but in Italy the season starts in May. Of course, these days you can get strawberries much of the year round, specially grown and imported, but we much prefer the home-grown variety for sheer flavor. We’ll certainly be using some in our fresh fruit salad with homemade amaretto ice cream, one of the Watermill’s tasty deserts. And we’ll make them available for drawing with Janie – but don’t eat them before supper time.

That’s Janie’s lovely picture in coloured pencils above. Just look at the light reflecting on the strawberries, and her expert use of colour, especially on the unripened fruit. Good enough to eat.

During Janie’s fun-filled, sun-filled course at the Watermill next year we plan to take you out for short visits to lovely locations nearby, but we’ll spend a lot of time in the mill gardens and in the light and airy Watermill studio, with its stunning views of mountains and the river. Janie says: We’ll find something to draw – either from a market stall, a garden or the countryside – and take it back to the studio to draw and colour.”

Looking at Janie’s wonderful coloured pencil pictures  it may seem daunting to try to emulate her work. But, says Janie, students on her course at the Watermill  will be amazed at home much they will learn – and achieve – in a week. She says: “A piece of fruit, an interesting vegetable, a small flower on a stem are all subjects that can be drawn and coloured in one day.”

Janie Work page (2)

Janie will take you through every stage of the process to achieve the very best results, from first observation to the creation of a rich and gloriously coloured picture. Her course is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Here’s a comment from one of her students: “Everyone always finishes Janie’s courses on such a high, inspired and eager to create more beautiful paintings with real passion.” Another said: “Janie is extremely helpful, a wonderful, stimulating tutor, always ready to offer advice and support.”

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including meals with wine at 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!

 

Janie Pirie head and shoulders14 May to 21 May 2016

Janie Pirie  Painting plants with coloured pencils

To find out more about Janie and her course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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

 

Claire’s Yoga & Meditation Tips: Flex Your Meditation Muscle

Claire Murphy, who is running our first-ever yoga and meditation retreat here next September, has sent us a few simple and straightforward tips and techniques, which you can incorporate as part of your everyday life. These contain elements of what Claire will be teaching during her five-day retreat here. We hope you find them helpful. Today Claire invites you to Flex your meditation muscle.

Blog yoga Flex Your Meditation MuscleClaire says: “Meditation is dose-effective – this means that little and often (10 minutes per day) is far more beneficial than trying to sit for 30 minutes to an hour once a week. It can be as simple as watching the breath, listening to sounds as they come and go or focusing on an image or natural object (flowers or a crystal for example).”

Why don’t you join us to learn more on our relaxing and inspiring Unplug and Unwind yoga and meditation retreat at The Watermill next September?  Bookings are already coming in from people seeking spiritual refreshment with us in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany. So come and unplug, unwind and flex your meditation muscle with us!

Mill courtyardWe think that Claire Murphy and The Watermill are the perfect combination for a yoga and meditation retreat where you can not only ‘unplug and unwind’, but also savour the true Italian lifestyle in Lunigiana, the unspoilt region of Tuscany surrounding the mill.

Yoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique five-day programme, with fresh and inspirational yoga and meditation sessions, plus inspiring visits to local historic and scenic attractions – and beautiful home-cooked Italian food and wines!

Claire says: “My aim is to offer classes that are fresh and inspirational, always being informed by the latest developments in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.”

*Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday.

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 219 September to 24 September 2016

Claire Murphy Unplug and Unwind

Please click here to learn more about Claire and her course at The Watermill.

 

How to book a 2016 yoga and meditation retreat or find out more

If you’d like to book or find out more, please visit our Yoga retreats website for more information, by clicking here, or use our secure Yoga Enquiry Form by clicking here.

Mix your colours for the best effects, says painting tutor Lea Nixon

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.English watercolourist Lea Nixon, who is hosting two inspiring painting courses at The Watermill this year, suggests you should be wary of using pure colour.

Lea says: “I love to mix my colours. Either on the paper (dropping cool colours into warm, for example cobalt blue into burnt sienna: you can achieve beautiful effects doing this) or in my palette making beautiful glowing greys. 

“A pure colour is hard to find in the finished picture. Pure colour to me looks ‘twee’ and too pretty. I might paint a red letter box or a green canopy etc in pure colour, but that’s about it. So I only use a few colours to mix all the different colours in a painting. This limited palette of colours makes a much more attractive painting. It’s amazing the array of colours you can make just using cobalt blue and burnt sienna.”

Above is a painting of Lea’s from Nice in the South of France. He says: “The red awning is pure cadmium red, but everything else is mixed using burnt sienna, cobalt blue and yellow ochre. There’s no pure colour in there apart from the red which makes the awning sing – because it’s placed next to those mixed colours.”

You can learn more about how it’s done with Lea at The Watermill this year. His first week-long watercolour painting course here in June/July is now completely full, so we have opened up a second week for him later in the year. It will run from Saturday October to Saturday 8 October 2016.

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.  The magic of watercolours 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 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. It’s a brilliant journey to take and I can’t wait to get started. Watercolour is a captivating medium and there are so many ways to use it to make beautiful pictures.”

 Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Saturday 1 October to Saturday 8 October 2016

Lea Nixon Watercolours

To find out more about Lea and his course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

No snow for Sarah at The Watermill this September!

Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Isn’t this a wonderful charcoal drawing from our new Watermill  painting tutor Sarah Spencer? It’s of the sea off Whitstable in Kent in the Souht-east of England.: Clouds and high tide. Sarah says: “Given up waiting for snow!” One things for certain, there won’t be any snow during Sarah’s oil, acrylics and drawing week-long course here this September!

Sarah S H&S for tutor profileAward-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).

Below is a lovely oil of hers of the palazzo dei priori in Perugia:Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Sarah also tutors painting courses and leads masterclasses for, among others, the UK Royal Academy and the University of the Creative Arts. She is a passionate and inspiring tutor and will take her Watermill students to paint en plein air at wonderful nearby locations, as well as teaching the art of portraiture and still-life in the Watermill studio. She will teach in oils and acrylics and in various drawing mediums. Here’s an intriguing double portrait of Sarah’s twin daughters:Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Spencer’s course will run from Saturday 3 September to Saturday 10 September 2016 and you can find more details by clicking here.  We already have eight bookings on Sarah’s course, so we’ve room for only three or four more.

If you would like to enquire about current availability and/or reserve a place, please use our Secure Enquiry Form, by clicking here. Sarah’s course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced painters. She says: I am really looking forward to sharing my passion and passing on what I’ve learned about oil and acrylic painting and about drawing.”

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

3 September to 10 September 2016 Four/five places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

 

 

Tuscan sunshine from Terry to warm you up!

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Brr, today it’s cold in Florence (where we spend our Winters), so thanks to our Australian mate and Watermill painting tutor Terry Jarvis who has sent us this reminder of Summer above, in one of his watercolours from a previous visits to The Watermill and Tuscany. He calls is Tuscan Sunshine. Thanks Terry — and we are looking forward to meeting up again for your watercolour course here next July. Here’s Terry demonstrating under the Watermill’s rose pergola the last time he was here:Terry rose demo 1Terry Jarvis is returning to The Watermill next Summer for a week-long painting course in watercolours.* It will run from Saturday 2 July to Saturday 9 July 2016. Terry is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists and a great fan of the watermill and the surrounding area of Lunigiana. *Terry works in oils, pastels and acrylics, as well as watercolours, and is happy to teach in those media too.

Here’s another of Terry’s pictures, of another great painting location: Market Day in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano. Terry says: “A captivating part of the week during a watermill painting holiday, when you meet the locals in the square by an incredible 16th Century Fountain. Just straight out of the movies! While I am there I love to buy a big bunch of flowers for the watermill.”Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Terry rose demo POV2 July to 9 July 2016

Terry Jarvis Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

Please click here to learn more about Terry and his course at the mill.

The son of a goldminer, Terry was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals. He now exhibits widely and is a popular tutor at workshops around the world. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills. Here’s what one guest on Terry’s previous course at the watermill 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.”

Fancy painting with Terry at these – and other – great locations? Come and join us in sun-filled, fun-filled, inspirational Posara!Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

 

Throw yourself like a fish into our Italian language course!

Lx321 Chinook salmon or King salmon leaping falls on spawning migration.One of the mysteries of the Italian language is how they keep talking about fish even when there are none about.

For example: buttarsi come un pesce’, to throw yourself like a fish, means to throw yourself enthusiastically into an activity. And that’s just what you’ll be doing on our inspiring Italian Language course at The Watermill this May.

Not only will you improve your Italian on our unique, interactive language course, but you’ll also enjoy la bella vita Italiana in the heart of rural Tuscany and savour The Watermill’s warm hospitality. In fact we’ll treat you like un pesce grosso, a big fish, or big shot, to us English and Americans. And we promise never to trattare a pesci in faccia, literally to treat with fishes in your face, to show you disrespect.

We’re grateful to The Local, an Italian news paper in English, for illuminating these fishy allusions. It tells us: “As you might expect in a country surrounded by water, fish regularly crop up in Italian conversation.”

For our week-long course, from Saturday May 7 to Saturday May 14 we’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.italian market panorameYour immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

Putting theory into practice: I wonder what fish we should have! Last year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch

Putting theory into practice: I wonder what fish we should have! Last year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Last year’s Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

And continuing the animal allusions, don’t forget we all know our chickens!Blog italan words CONOSCO-I-MIEI-POLLI

A lovely picture by Amanda from half the world away

Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Here’s a lovely new watercolour by our New Zealand painting tutor Amanda Brett, who will be with us at The Watermill this July. I think it is amazing that, thanks to the marvels of electronic media, we can see recent pictures made by an artist half the world away – and look forward to welcoming Amanda in our own back garden in a few months’ time.

Amanda’s picture above is of the Bean Rock Lighthouse with her favourite island, Browns Island, near Auckland, in the background. And here are a couple of details of the picture: lovely warm colours.

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

We are looking forward to seeing how Amanda and her students capture the unique flavour of the Watermill and the towns and villages nestling in the glorious countryside surrounding the mill. Amanda loves Italy: here’s one of her painting made last year in the nearby city of Lucca, where we’ll go on our Wednesday excursion.

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

Amanda is an experienced workshop tutor, both in her native New Zealand and abroad — and she loves passing on her passion to her students. She says: “I never knew I would love teaching watercolour as much as I do.She adds: It’s my job to help you develop your style and create better art.”

Here’s a comment from one of her students: “Amanda shared all her super secrets with us so freely, and gave each student equal time and attention.” And here’s another:I am primarily a portrait artist but you’ve given me skills to work in other areas I want to pursue too and watching you paint was invaluable. You are a very talented and generous woman, and a wonderful tutor. Yours is only the second watercolour workshop I have ever attended – you can get good artists and you can get good art tutors but it is hard to find the two in one person, and you are gifted at both.”

Amanda painting LuccaSaturday 9 July to Saturday 16 July 2016

Amanda Brett Watercolours

To find out more about Amanda and her course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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

More colourful and vibrant paintings from Lea Nixon

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Watermill painting tutor Lea Nixon has just posted some lovely new watercolours on Facebook, like the one above. And this one below:

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

Aren’t these paintings colourful and vibrant? You can learn how it’s done with Lea at The Watermill this year. His first week-long watercolour painting course here in June/July is now completely full, so we have opened up a second week for him later in the year. It will run from Saturday October to Saturday 8 October 2016.

Lea Nixon is an exceptional watercolour painter from Wigan in the north-west of England for whom mood, character and atmosphere are particularly important.  The magic of watercolours 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.” 

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. It’s a brilliant journey to take and I can’t wait to get started. Watercolour is a captivating medium and there are so many ways to use it to make beautiful pictures.”

Lea Nixon head and shoulders Saturday 1 October to Saturday 8 October 2016

Lea Nixon Watercolours

To find out more about Lea and his course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Here’s another Lea watercolour, of Italy this time, to whet your appetite:

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

 

The Holy Face passed through Posara

volto santo statueWhen you come into Posara you’ll see a sign, white lettering on a brown background, saying Via di Volto Santo, the Way of the Holy Face, and our guests often ask us what it is all about.

Blog vlto santo Michelangelo_Pieta_FirenzeWell, it’s a fascinating story. The Holy Face is actually a life-size wooden statue of the crucified Christ (above), which is now displayed in the cathedral at Lucca. (You can see it if you choose to go to Lucca on the Wednesday excursion during our creative courses.) Medieval legends said that it was sculpted by Nicodemus, who helped Joseph of Arimathea take Jesus down from the cross and place the body in the tomb. (He can be seen in a famous Michelangelo pieta in Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo in Florence.)

Nicodemus, so the story goes, sculpted his statue from Cedar of Lebanon, but slept before completing the face. When he awoke the face had miraculously been completed by an angel.

But how did it get to Italy? Well, Medieval legend has it that a bishop in the Holy Land, guided by a dream, found it in a cave there and that somehow it was sent by boat, without sails or sailors, to the Tuscan port of Luni, from which our area Lunigiana takes its name. Its date of arrival is given as 742 AD.

When the men of Luni tried to secure the boat, however, it kept retreating from them in the sea. Meanwhile Johannes, the Bishop of Lucca, also had a revelatory dream about the arrival of the Volto Santo and set off for Luni with a mass of Lucchese. Arriving at Luni, Johannes called on God’s aid and the boat miraculously came to the shore (even dropping a handy gangplank) and the statue was revealed. Blog Volto santo FrescoeThe Lucchese still had to prove their right to house the Holy Face in their city, so it was placed in a cart pulled by oxen, but with no driver, who took the statue by a tortuous route through Lunigiana (including Posara) and neighbouring Garfagnana to Lucca, where it was deposited in the church of San Frediano. But even here was not to be its final resting place: it was miraculously ‘translated’ to the church of San Martino which, because of this, was chosen at the cathedral of Lucca. The Volto Santo di Lucca quickly became an object of pilgimage and many copies were also made for use in churches throuhout Europe, notably in Bury St Edmunds in England.

There is some doubt about the true age of the original sculpture, some suggesing that it only dates from the 11th Century. What is true is that the orginal was chipped away by relic-hunting pilgrims and what we see today is an early 13th Century copy. It now stands in the nave of the cathedral of San Martino in a late 15th Century marble tempietto, a little temple.

As well as an object of veneration, it was also the subject of an expletive. The ‘customary oath’ of William Rufus, William II of England, was apparently By the face of Lucca.’

So now you know! A lot to muse on when you pass that simple brown sign as you enter Posara. Can you see that driverless oxcart creaking through the village, with the enigmatic, inscrutable Holy Face gazing down?

BenQ Digital Camera

BenQ Digital Camera

 

 

Blooming marvellous — and you don’t have to wait for the paint to dry

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.We’re delighted to report that six people have already signed up for Janie Pirie‘s amazing Painting plants with coloured pencils course here in May., so we only have five or so places left for what we think this is going to be an incredible course. Janie’s pictures are outstanding and the larger ones can take many hours to complete. But that doesn’t mean her students aren’t going to achieve excellent results themselves during their week with us. As we said before, working with coloured pencils isn’t as daunting as people think. Janie says: Many people are under the misconception that it is a very slow process but when you consider water colour artists have to wait for their paint to dry before proceeding, coloured pencil artists don’t!”

She says that students on her course at the Watermill next May will be amazed at home much they will learn – and achieve – in  their week’s stay: “It is quite easy to complete a finished piece in a day – it all depends on the subject.  A piece of fruit, an interesting vegetable, a small flower on a stem are all subjects that can be drawn and coloured in one day.”Janie Work page (2)

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.During Janie’s fun-filled, sun-filled course at the Watermill next year we plan to take you out for short visits to lovely locations nearby, but we’ll spend a lot of time in the mill gardens and in the light and airy Watermill studio, with its stunning views of mountains and the river. Janie says: “We’ll find something to draw – either from a market stall, a garden or the countryside – and take it back to the studio to draw and colour.”

Janie will take you through every stage of the process to achieve the very best results, from first observation to the creation of a rich and gloriously coloured picture. Her course is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Here’s a comment from one of her students: “Everyone always finishes Janie’s courses on such a high, inspired and eager to create more beautiful paintings with real passion.” Another said: Janie is extremely helpful, a wonderful, stimulating tutor, always ready to offer advice and support.”

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including meals with wine at 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!

Janie Pirie head and shoulders14 May to 21 May 2016

Janie Pirie  Painting plants with coloured pencils Five/six places left

To find out more about Janie and her course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.