Archives for September 2018

Are two weeks long enough for Sandra Strohschein?

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

Concentration in the studio. Picture Keith Strohschein.

We had a wonderful four weeks of painting earlier this year with Sandra Strohschein and we are delighted to say that she is returning to the Watermill again in 2019 for two special week-long courses in watercolours.

Now we are asking ourselves: are two weeks enough? Because, although we haven’t even finished our 2018 season, bookings in general for 2019 are flowing in fast. And for Sandra’s two courses (1-8 June and 8-15 June), we are already almost full!

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

Time for conversation in the Watermill Walled Garden. Picture: Sandra Strohchein

In fact, we have nine bookings for her first week, one of whom is a non-painting partner, so we only have room for four more painters (and any non-painting partners who may accompany them). And Sandra’s second week, from 8-15 June 2019, is completely full.

If you’d like to join us, it’s clear you better get your skates on, especially as you can now take advantage of our Early Bird discount offer: if you book before 31 December 2018 on Sandra’s course, there is £75 discount. So now is the time to bag one of those last four places on her first week.

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

Hard at work in the Watermill walled garden.

It’s hardly surprising that Sandra is painting weeks are so popular. Here are just a few of the comments from our guests on her courses this year (there were many more):

A lovely and memorable week at the Watermill. It was although everything was magically suspended for a week and all I had to do was to show up for one delightful painting session after another with Sandra.

An awesomely fantastic week at the Watermill. Sandy is a superb artist; which we all know from her works. Apart from that, she is an excellent instructor & doesn’t hold back even the tiniest secrets of how she has reached where she is now & shares all her big and small tips with her students.

What a very special week it was. It was all so well managed and thoughtfully organised, it was so peaceful and relaxed. The meals were especially delicious. Sandra was very charming, and I learnt a lot from her. 

It really was the most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. Thank you both again for one of the best holidays I have experienced.

Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy

A welcoming smile from Sandra

Sandra 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.

Please click here to learn more about Sandra and her painting weeks at the Watermill.

And don’t forget that Early Bird discount!  If you book before 31 December 2018 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount (about $100) on Sandra’s 2019 painting holiday.  Come and join us and see what all the fuss is about!

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

A sudden squall on location!

Today’s featured tutor: Keiko Tanabe – communicating an artistic vision

An atmospheric watercolour by Keiko of evening shadows slanting across the Watermill walled garden.

We are delighted to welcome back to the Watermill our lovely watercolour tutor Keiko Tanabe, for a special week-long course in watercolours. She will be with us from Saturday 18 May to Saturday 25 May 2019. We are looking forward to another magical week.

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan but now lives in San Diego, California. Mostly self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career in 2005. Since then, her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, and she’s gained world-wide recognition. Keiko says: Watercolour painting is a vehicle to communicate my artistic vision on the joy of living and the ingenuity of human creations.”

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

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

Keiko’s watercolour of the River Rosaro that runs beside The Watermill

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

You can find out more about Keiko and her course at the Watermill by clicking here.  We already have four people booked into this week, but we still have plenty of room in our beautiful bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms) and self-contained apartment suites. And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird 0ffer: there is a discount of £75 if you book this or any of our other 2019 creative courses before 31 December 2018.

Come and join us for a magical week with Keiko!

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

Keiko’s watercolour of Manarola in the Cinque Terre, one of the excursion venues during our week at The Watermill

Watermill painting tutor of the day: Paul Talbot-Greaves: patterns and vibrant colours

ainting by Paul Talbot Greaves, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

With the watermill 2019 website now published, giving details of all our creative courses next year (this year’s courses are completely booked up!), we are going to be introducing to you each day the tutors for our famous painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language weeks.

And first up, in chronological order, is painting tutor Paul Talbot-Greaves, who was with us this year for a fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. Here are some of the comments the comments from our guests who attended his course last May. One said: “The combination of the place, the excellent art course with Paul Talbot-Greaves and the care from you and your staff made a really lovely experience.” Another added: “I have never received such great treatment on a holiday. You all couldn’t have been kinder. Everything was 5 star, from the food to the bedrooms, to all of your staff. It couldn’t have been any better.”

Paul’s picture above is called Through the Woods. He says: “I like to find interesting subjects in the least expected places. In this picture, I used simple dynamic shadows combined with contrast and appealing colours to create a quick impression of light streaming through the woodland.”

Paul, and his delightful wife Dawn, will be back with us for a special week-long painting course in watercolours from Saturday, 27 April to Saturday, 4 May 2019. We are delighted to welcome them back.

Below is Paul’s picture of daffodils: there should be plenty of them blooming in the Watermill gardens next May.Painting by Paul Talbot-Greaves, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Paul Talbot-Greaves is a professional English painter who works primarily in watercolour. He says: I seek out compositions employing patterns of light, shade and contrast and I aim to achieve vibrancy in the colours that I use.”  His picture above is called Through the Woods. Paul says: I like to find interesting subjects in the least expected places. In this picture, I used simple dynamic shadows combined with contrast and appealing colours to create a quick impression of light streaming through the woodland.”

As well as receiving many accolades for his work, Paul is also an inspiring and sympathetic tutor. As another of his students said: You are immaculately prepared, but more than this you understand intuitively how people learn. All this added to the fact that you are an amazing artist makes you an inspirational teacher.”  Paul says: “I get an enormous amount of pleasure seeing people improve and enjoy their own work.”

The town square in Roussillon in France, painted by Paul from an unusual angle

 And don’t forget we have an Early Bird discount offer: if you book before 31 December 2018 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2019 painting holiday. To learn more about Paul, to see some of his work and to check on availability and/or make a booking enquiry, please click here.

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

To learn more about all our 2019 creative courses please click here  (or just type watermill.net into your search engine!)

We’d love to welcome you here.