Archives for September 2020

Tim Wilmot: an affinity for painting landscapes

Painting by Tim Wilmot a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Tim: painting in the Watermill walled garden.

Tim Wilmot‘s watercolours are a delight and we are looking forward to welcoming again to the Watermill for another stimulating painting course this autumn.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
An atmospheric watercolour by Tim of one of the ancient watermills at Posara.

We are looking forward to meeting up again with Tim for his course in watercolours, which will run from Saturday 2 October to Saturday, 9 October 2021.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A vibrant watercolour of an old vineyard by Tim Wilmot.

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows with these and other of Tim’s evocative watercolours, which you can see by clicking here.

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

Tim Wilmot is an artist from Bristol in the UK, specialising in watercolours, exploiting the medium with tone and light. Tim says: “I seem to have an affinity with painting landscapes, although I have dabbled with portraits and still life in the past, but always come back to landscapes. I prefer a loose or impressionistic style when I paint my watercolour landscapes, and I hope you like their informality.His vibrant picture above is of The Watermill and river.

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.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A tranquil nearby convent, one of our painting venues.

Here’s a comment from a student on Tim’s course here last year: Everything was perfect, your welcome, the luxurious accommodation, and the delicious food, Tim’s tuition was first-class and it was lovely to be able to sit and paint all day.”

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Tim Wilmot’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Tim Wilmot 

Saturday 2 October to Saturday 9 October 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Tim and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Come painting in Italy with Brienne and make her dreams – and yours – come true

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

Brienne M Brown, from Pennsylvania in the USA, is passionate about watercolour and plein air painting. She says: “I find beauty in everyday life. Each painting reminds me of where I was, the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met … and I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”  Brienne adds: “Painting in Italy is just a dream come true.” 

We are delighted to welcome her for her first course at the Watermill, in watercolours, which will run from Saturday 18 September to Saturday, 25 September 2021.

Painting by Brienne Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Brienne calls this atmospheric watercolour Commerce Corner.

Using strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes, Brienne will show you how to bring excitement into your paintings. No watercolour skill is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

A comment from a previous student: “Brienne goes through each step guiding you through the process clearly while demonstrating her techniques and approach. I would highly recommend her workshop to ANYONE, be it a beginner or an advanced painter.”

Painting by Brienne Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Rockers on the porch.

I love this quotation Brienne sent us:

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

I made a fun, 30-second Facebook slideshow of some more of Brienne’s lovely paintings, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Brienne Brown 

Saturday 18 September to Saturday 25 September 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Brienne and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Looking at Italy from an Indian viewpoint, with Milind Mulick

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

We are delighted to welcome our first Indian painter, Milind Mulick, to the team of internationally renowned Watermill painting tutors.

Milind is a watercolour artist from Pune in India who was gained a remarkable reputation in his own country and, increasingly, worldwide, for his atmospheric watercolours. His course, which he calls Colourful Watercolours, will run from Saturday 11 September to Saturday 18 September 2021.

Painting by Milind Mulick, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Milind has been painting in watercolours for more than 30 years, his artistic journey beginning in childhood following his father, also a painter. As well as being influenced by the great British watercolourists like Edward Wesson and Edward Siego, Milind has absorbed the styles of Indian artists too. He has won many awards and written a dozen books on watercolour painting.

Milind has also been teaching for many years. He says: “Teaching gives me great pleasure: I love meeting new people and helping them realise their artistic potential.” A previous student says: “Milind pours his heart and soul into his paintings and believes in spreading his knowledge.”

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Milind’s impression of an Italian market.

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows with more of Milind’s colourful watercolours, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Milind Mulick 

Saturday 11 September to Saturday 18 September 2021 

‘Colourful Watercolours’  

To learn more about Milind and his week at the Watermill please click here

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Mike’s online painting sessions engender a sense of international community

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Mike’s impression of the seaside café, painted during this week’s interactive session.

As well as being inspirational and fun, Mike Willdridge’s free, interactive, online painting sessions are creating a sense of international community in these difficult times.

A sunlit Italian seaside café, in the village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, was the latest subject, and as well as inspiring people to pick up their paintbrushes, the session engendered a great sense of camaraderie. I have selected just a few of the comments from participants’ latest emails to Lois:

Full of admiration for your get-up-and-go attitude in these horrid times.

In these times, the art sessions have helped enormously making me feel part of a group and an international one at that!  

Since we’re in the middle of a severe lockdown, the painting sessions with Mike have been a wonderful distraction with loads to learn.

Thank you and Mike yet again for your morale boosting lessons.  My husband took a look at my painting and said, “Perhaps we should go back to the Watermill“, so who knows, I hope so.

Mind you, it’s not all plain sailing:

Hello Lois, many thanks once again for hosting another of Mike’s watercolour classes, all very enjoyable if challenging! I’ve just realised I haven’t given the girl sitting at the table any legs!! Never mind, I’m obviously losing it…”

Many of the participants in these sessions send us their efforts at the end of the day.

You can see some of the paintings in one of those 30-second Facebook slideshows, by clicking here.

We have organised more of these inspiring sessions, each of which can now take up to 500 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, and they are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions. (Details below.)

The next session will run on Thursday 15 October and, as usual, will be at 2.30 in the afternoon, British time. The next topic is ‘painting skies’. Here is his demonstration painting:

The following weeks’ subjects are ‘flowers’ and an ‘autumnal scene with couple walking a dog’. The dates are 29 October and 12 November. You can register for all three, or one at a time.

When you register with Lois, she will send you more images, and a drawing of the scene, to inspire you.

Please register by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. Lois will be on hand to feed your questions. The session will last a couple of hours.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph and a drawing of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A previous striking subject for our online painters: the fish market by the Rialto Bridge in Venice: challenging but fun.

When you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real, on his Watermill course next year?


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Mike Willdridge 

Saturday 4 September to Saturday 11 September 2021 

Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

You can learn about all our renowned creative courses, in painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language, by clicking here. We would love you to join us!

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Come and indulge Randy’s passion: teaching others the secrets of watercolour painting!

Painting by Randy Hale, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

We are looking forward to the visit of Randy Hale,  the exciting watercolour painter from Colorado in United States. As well as his workshops in the USA, he has taken painting groups all over the world.  After a successful business career, he returned to his first love, watercolour painting.

But his true passion has proved to be in sharing his knowledge as a teacher and workshop instructor. One of Randy’s students said: “Randy knows his stuff and he knows how to teach! The best watercolor instructor I have ever had!” Another said: “He’s an excellent artist and instructor, offering clear and positive help.”

He has not been here yet! But above is his impression of our walled garden, with the Watermill buildings behind. And here’s another impression of Posara below:

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

Randy will be with us for a week-long course in watercolours from Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August 2021.

Painting by Randy Hale, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Randy’s impression of happy hour. There will be plenty of them at the Watermill!

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows, with more of Randy’s paintings, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Randy Hale 

Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Randy and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

A night-time fox in the riverside gardens

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Our gardener Flavio Terenzoni has been having fun using one of those night-vision cameras to spy on the nocturnal wildlife around the Watermill. We are really searching for badgers and wild pigs, but no sign yet, although Flavio did spot some porcupines near the badgers’ sett.

The latest excitement comes from pictures of the bridge from the riverside gardens across to the bamboozery. Yes, it’s a self-confident fox, who even had time for a slow scratch on the bridge.

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Here’s a close-up:

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You can see the short video Flavio made by clicking here.

As you may know, The Watermill is surrounded by two environmentally protected areas: The National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the backbone of Italy, and the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps, home of the marble mountains of Carrara. The air and the water are pure and unpolluted, and the area abounds in wildlife. Come and share it yourself on one of our internationally renowned painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language courses. These really is an idyllic setting to overcome your coronavirus blues and plan to enjoy inspirational teaching in the unspoiled Tuscan countryside next year. We would love to welcome you here. Just click here to see what’s on offer.

One of our most versatile and admired painting tutors, Sue Ford

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

We are delighted to welcome back, after an absence of a few years, one of our most versatile and most loved painting tutors, Sue Ford.

Sue has experimented with almost every conceivable media in her career. Sue says: “I just love creating pictures in any medium – and I love passing on what I’ve learned to other people, helping them to release their creativity.”  Her wonderful pastel above is of the Cinque Terre. And below is a watercolour of the archway from the Watermill courtyard to the walled garden.

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Sue’s week-long course, in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic, will run from Saturday 10 July to Saturday 17 July 2021.

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She says: “Each student will be guided carefully throughout the day, from initial demonstration to ‘getting started’, followed by patient, professional tuition.

“The aim is to stretch all students, regardless of their ability, in a relaxed learning environment, giving them a foundation of artistic techniques, as well as developing their own style.

I want to help my students to create paintings which will give them the confidence in their abilities and help them to develop their own artistic vision.”

Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
This collage of a nearby fishing village hangs in the Watermill sitting room!

A guest on Sue’s previous painting course here said: “I had a wonderful time. Everything was superb – the accommodation, the trips out and the food! A wonderful experience that I will treasure. Sue Ford is an exceptional tutor with a lovely manner and treats all with respect and kindness.”

Sue Ford painting tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays and art courses in Tuscany Italy
Another pastel demonstration picture by Sue Ford.

I have made one of those fun Facebook slideshows with more of Sue’s paintings in different mediums, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Sue Ford 

Saturday 10 July to Saturday 17 July 2021 

Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

To learn more about Sue and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Painting tutor Vicki Norman: ‘Her wonderful paintings are an inspiration’

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Vicki’s vivacious painting of Laundry Day.

We are looking forward to the return of Vicki Norman this summer for another of her charming and inspirational painting weeks. Vicki will be with us for her course, in oils and watercolours (and other mediums), from Saturday 3 July to Saturday, 10 July 2021.

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A luminous oil painting by Vicki called ‘September in Posara’
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

English painting tutor Vicki Norman specialises in painting on location. Her paintings seek to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour and play of the light. Vicki will teach primarily in oils and watercolours, but is happy to help with other mediums, too. She has been teaching professionally for more than 15 years and offers plenty of help and individual attention.

Here’s a comment from one of our guests on Vicki’s last course at the Watermill: “An excellent painting and holiday week. All the trips out to painting locations were well organised and Vicki was excellent as a teacher: Her wonderful paintings were an inspiration.”

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
The rose pergola in the walled garden at the Watermill, painted by Vicki.

I have made one of those short, fun Facebook slideshows with more of Vicki’s exciting paintings which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Vicki Norman 

Saturday 3 July to Saturday 10 July 2021 

Oils and watercolours (and other mediums)

To learn more about Vicki and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Many thanks for the best holiday I’ve ever had!

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A study in concentration: Rachel and Steve hard at work!

“Many thanks for the best holiday I’ve ever had!” That was the comment from one of our guests, Steve Wilkinson, who was on Mike Willdridge’s painting course at the Watermill week or so ago. Because of the coronavirus pandemic and governments’ reaction to it, Mike’s painting course was the only one we were able to run this year, so it is very pleasing to hear that we still seem to know how to do it.

Steve says: Our hosts looked after us very well indeed but so unobtrusively that everything good seemed to just happen naturally. Painting locations were inspirational and varied, delightful food appeared at just the right time wherever we were, the accommodation was clean, spacious and restful. Everyone was kind, helpful and friendly. I’ve never had a holiday as good as this before!” She added: “When we left, I felt that I was leaving real friends behind.”

Steve’s daughter, Rachel, also sent us a charming note: “Delightful location, charming, friendly and effective staff, food absolutely delicious. I was there for a week of painting en plein air with Mike Willdridge. The guidance and tuition were excellent, the locations to paint were stunning and very paintable, and the organisation was unobtrusive, seemingly effortless, but stunningly efficient. Everything was managed so we had nothing to worry about except painting.”

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Emily Neuburger, a guest on a previous course, enjoying her painting. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Another of our guests on Mike’s painting course, Lesley Dench, who has been with us before, said: “Thank you for another wonderful holiday in Posara. It was all very different this year, but it remained a lovely experience.”

It was very gratifying to receive such positive feedback in these difficult times and it fills us with enthusiasm for our programme of creative holidays next year. We have a great team of inspirational tutors in painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language and would love you to join us in 2021. Throw away your coronavirus blues by booking one of our joyous creative courses at the Watermill next year.

Our inspiring painting weeks

Keiko Tanabe

Saturday 17 April to Saturday 24 April 2021 

Watercolours 

To learn more about Keiko and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Mary Padgett 

Saturday 1 May to Saturday 8 May 2021 

Pastels (and other portable media) en plein air

To learn more about Mary and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Carl March 

Saturday 15 May to Saturday 22 May 2021 

Drawing and watercolours en plein air

To learn more about Carl and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Grahame Booth 

Saturday 22 May to Saturday 29 May 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Grahame and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Sandra Strohschein (1)  

Saturday 5 June to Saturday 12 June 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Sandra and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Sandra Strohschein (2) 

Saturday 12 June to Saturday 19 June 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


Paul Talbot-Greaves 

Saturday 19 June to Saturday 26 June 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Paul and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


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Rebecca de Mendonça  

Saturday 26 June to Saturday 3 July 2021 

Pastels and mixed media

To learn more about Rebecca and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Vicki Norman 

Saturday 3 July to Saturday 10 July 2021 

Oils and watercolours (and other mediums)

To learn more about Vicki and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


Sue Ford 

Saturday 10 July to Saturday 17 July 2021 

Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

To learn more about Sue and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


Caroline Deeble 

Saturday 7 August to Saturday 14 August 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Caroline and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


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Randy Hale 

Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Randy and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


Jude Scott 

Saturday 28 August to Saturday 4 September 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Jude and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


Mike Willdridge 

Saturday 4 September to Saturday 11 September 2021 

Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Milind Mulick 

Saturday 11 September to Saturday 18 September 2021 

‘Colourful Watercolours’

 To learn more about Milind and his week at the Watermill please click here.


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

Brienne Brown 

Saturday 18 September to Saturday 25 September 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Brienne and her week at the Watermill, please click here.


Charles Sluga 

Saturday 25 September to Saturday 2 October 2021 

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Charles and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


Tim Wilmot 

Saturday 2 October to Saturday 9 October 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Tim and his week at the Watermill, please click here.


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

Ali Hargreaves 

Saturday 9 October to Saturday 16 October 2021 

Watercolours and mixed media

To learn more about Ali and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Share the joy of pastels (and other media) with Rebecca

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Rebecca di Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

English pastellist Rebecca de Mendonça’s  teaching and painting are the result of a varied career in the arts. Having completed her degree in Theatre Design, she worked on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall to the Phantom of the Opera and has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet and actors in West End Shows. Her atmospheric paste labove is of an archway in the walled village of Verrucola, one of our painting locations, while below is the stunning ‘Sitting on the steps”.

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We are delighted to welcome Rebecca back to the Watermill for another of her inspirational pastel (and other media) courses. Her week next year will run from 26 June to 3 July 2021.

I have made one of those 30-second Facebook slide shows with more of Rebecca’s lovely pastels, which you can see by clicking here.

Rebecca will help you to capture the architecture and landscape of the beautiful Watermill painting venues with a combination of materials: soft pastels, pen and ink, Conte crayons and pastel pencils, separately and in combination, to achieve lively sketches and finished pieces.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, 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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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

Rebecca de Mendonça  

Saturday 26 June to Saturday 3 July 2021 

Pastels and mixed media

To learn more about Rebecca and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci