Archives for December 2018

Memories of Keiko’s inspiring painting course here

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I’ve just made one of those little Facebook slideshows, about Keiko Tanabe‘s last painting course with us. You can see it by clicking here.

We are looking forward to welcoming Keiko here again next year. We already have 10 bookings on her course, which will run from 18-25 May 2019, one of whom is a non-painting partner, so we still have room for two or three more painters. You can find out more about Keiko and her course at the Watermill by clicking here. We’d love you to join us.

Some comments by previous guests on Keiko’s last course here: “I had a truly wonderful week at the watermill. It was perfect in every sense. The food was worth coming for alone. Keiko is a fabulous artist and I learned a lot with her. It really was a magical experience.”

“Thank you so very much for an absolutely wonderful week!  We truly appreciated what great hosts you were and what a lovely place you have worked so hard to turn the Watermill into.  As you know, this was our first trip to Italy and our first trip abroad together, and you made it very special.  We’ll never forget our time with you and the nice interesting people we met there.  And the food!!  So delicious.  Thank you for the recipes too! Keiko taught me some refreshing approaches to painting too.  It was really nice meeting her and learning her techniques!”

* 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.

Keiko Tanabe
18-25 May 2019

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

 

Famous couples and the Watermill

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Cheer up! Let’s go to the Watermill!

We have been having a lot of fun recently with our Watermill newsletters, where we always have a paragraph urging you to bring your partner to join you on one of our creative courses. We seek out pictures of famous couples and make up our own captions and we thought we’d share a few of the latest ones with you.

That’s the Duke and Duchess of Urbino above, as painted by Piero della Francesca. And here are Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, as Dr Zhivago and Lara, looking a little chilly:

Let’s go to the Watermill. We won’t need our furs!

Our encouragement to bring your partner or friend holds good: there’s plenty for them to do while you are enjoying your painting, creative writing, knitting or Italian language course. 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, come out with you to our beautiful locations. We also offer a range of Alternative activities for partners, as well as a generous £250 discount if they share a room with you. We think they’ll be amused:

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

We would be amused by a week at the Watermill.

And as Bogie might have said to Ingrid: “We’ll always have Posara!”

But seriously… Do come as a twosome and double your delights on a Watermill creative course. Our 2019 courses are booking fast, but you can find out more about current availability by clicking here.

And, as always, there’s more about everything at The Watermill website, which you can see by clicking here.

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Yes, Sofia, you shall go the the Watermill!

 

 

Availability updates on Watermill 2019 creative courses

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Just to keep you in the picture (ho, ho!) on our painting courses, on the same page for our writing courses, stitched up on our kniting courss and speaking the same language for our Italian week, here’s our latest update on availabilty.

More than 210 people have already booked for the Watermill’s 2019 creative courses. Since we only have some 240/250 places you can see that we are well on the way to being full! We do have availability on some of our inspiring painting courses, however, and on our creative writing courses, particularly the Scriptwriting course by those ‘living legends’ of comedy, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which we have just opened.

Now is the time to grab one of those remaining places, especially as we only have one month to go for our Early Bird special offer: there’s a discount of £75 (English pounds) if you book any of our 2019 creative courses before 31 December 2018.

So, have a look through the list and see if anything takes your fancy. And if you see below that your favourite tutor is fully booked, don’t worry too much, there are often cancellations. So please be in touch and we will put you on the waiting list.

On the other hand, to be sure of a place on a Watermill painting course, why not choose one of our other inspiring tutors where there are still places?

Painting courses

Paul Talbot-Greaves
27 April to 4 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Keiko Tanabe
18 – 25 May 2019 Still two or three places
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019
 Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Still two or three places
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Still three or four places
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Still four or five places
24 – 31 August 2019
 Still one place

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

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

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Still five or six places
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Still one or two places
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Still one or two places
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 Still five or six places
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Knitting courses

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

Sarah Hazell
4 – 11 May 2019 Still two or three places
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Sarah and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

Writing courses

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

Find a quiet corner to start writing your life’s stories

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 Still four or five places
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 New course: Three places already booked, eight remaining
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

Italian language course

Picture credit: The Huffington Post

Langues services and Francesca la Sala 
11 – 18 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Italian language
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

We’d be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details about all our 2019 creative courses. And be an Early Bird to catch those remaining places.

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Two or three places left on Sarah’s relaxing knitting course next May

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.I’ve just made a little slideshow about Sarah Hazell‘s relaxing and inspiring knitting course with us next May. You can see it by clicking here.

We have just two places left on Sarah’s course, which will run from 4 to 11 May 2019. We’d love you to join us.

Here’s what one guest on Sarah’s week this year had to say: “Thanks for such a wonderful week!  It had everything:  fun, knowledge, good food and drink.  Like a week out of time!

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Sarah teaching on the vine verandah

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Sarah Hazell
4 – 11 May 2019 Still three or four places
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Sarah and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Memories of creative writing courses at the Watermill…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.I’ve just made a little slideshow of a few of the images from our creative writing courses, showing the inspiring times and places that our guests enjoy. You can see it by clicking here.

Here are the exciting tutors next year’s courses:

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 Still five or six places
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 New course: Three places already booked, eight remaining
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

Join Claire and float on a cloud on a fun-filled painting week

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

Ready for the off! Claire’s students set up in the Watermill courtyard.

Our enthusiastic and inspiring English watercolour tutor Claire Warner ran a highly successful painting course at the Watermill last year with a dozen or so students enjoying the delights of rural Tuscany. And we are looking forward to another successful course when she joins us next September. More details of next year’s course are below.

Here are comments from some of the guests on Claire’s course here last year:

“I had a wonderful holiday at the Watermill, one that I will never forget! I am still floating on a cloud.”

“Inspiration for our artistic endeavours was certainly not in short supply – from the fantastic grounds of the villa with hidden treasures such as a river and water mill and its own intriguing architecture to the day trips we went on, each providing the perfect balance between nature, history and the everyday hustle and bustle of Tuscan life. The instruction from Claire, our tutor, was spot on and covered everything from technique to practical tips on how to set up and work outside, something I’d never previously done. I particularly enjoyed the review of the group’s work each evening, where we could share experiences and get feedback on our efforts. All in all, it was a great experience and one that I can’t wait to repeat again.”

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

Time for a coffee on market day

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

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

The Convento del Carmine, one of our guests’ favourite painting locations

Claire will be with us again for her course in watercolours (and acrylics and oils) from Saturday 14 September to Saturday 21 September 2019. Although it’s early days, we already have five people booked into this course, so now is the time to make your reservation, especially as you can still take advantage of our Early Bird discount offer: £75 off Claire’s inspiring week if you book before the end of this year. We’d love you to join us.

Claire Warner

14-21 September 2019 Still places

Watercolours, oils and acrylics

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

The pictures in this blog were taken by Claire on location last year and below is one of her lovely watercolours of the Watermill and the river Rosaro running beside it.

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

 

Only a month to go to be a Watermill Early Bird and grab a remaining place

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

Students demonstrate their work on the last day of Maggie’s Renner Hellman’s course this year.

More than 200 people have already booked for the Watermill’s 2019 creative courses. Since we only have some 240/250 places you can see that we are well on the way to being full! We do have availability on some of our inspiring painting courses, however, and on our creative writing courses, particularly the Scriptwriting course by those’living legends’ of comedy, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which we have just opened.

Now is the time to grab one of those remaining places, especially as we only have one month to go for our Early Bird special offer: there’s a discount of £75 (English pounds) if you book any of our 2019 creative courses before 31 December 2018.

So, have a look through the list and see if anything takes your fancy. And if you see below that your favourite tutor is fully booked, don’t worry too much, there are often cancellations. So please be in touch and we will put you on the waiting list.

On the other hand, to be sure of a place on a Watermill painting course, why not choose one of our other inspiring tutors where there are still places?

Painting courses

Paul Talbot-Greaves
27 April to 4 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Keiko Tanabe
18 – 25 May 2019 Still two or three places
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019
 Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Still two or three places
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Still four or five places
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Still five or six places
24 – 31 August 2019
 Still one place

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

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

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Still five or six spaces
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019 Still one or two places
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Still three or four places
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Still one place
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 Still five or six places
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Knitting courses

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

Sarah Hazell
4 – 11 May 2019 Still three or four places
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Sarah and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

Writing courses

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

Find a quiet corner to start writing your life’s stories

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 Still five or six places
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 New course: Three places already booked, eight remaining
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

Italian language course

Picture credit: The Huffington Post

Langues services and Francesca la Sala 
11 – 18 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Italian language
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

We’d be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details about all our 2019 creative courses. And be an Early Bird to catch those remaining places.

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