Sudden availability of two places on our magical pastel course

Painting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Because two people have had to cancel their bookings on Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça’s outstanding pastel course, we now have two bedrooms available for this inspiring week from Saturday 1 September to Saturday 8 September 2018. We’d love you to join us. That’s Nel above last year, capturing the early morning light on one of our roof terraces looking out on the Apennine Mountains.

Later on, some of the group joined her:

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

And here’s a picture of Rebecca demonstrating in the ancient village of Verrucola, where we go to paint on location on Mondays.

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

 Talking of locations, here’s a view of the Apuan Alps, where we go to paint on Fridays:

Nel and Bec mountain view - reduced

You can even pick our grapes, like Bec: Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça, tutors at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Nel and Rebecca have created The New Pastel School after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work. These two experienced pastel artists share the tuition, combining their expertise and great enthusiasm for this versatile and exciting medium. (See www.rebeccademendonca.co.ukand www.nelwhatmore.com for more about them). They’ll help you to see that there are always diverse ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels. Of their first visit to The Watermill last year, they say: “We and our students were made so welcome. It was really lovely to savour so many aspects of Italy, including lots of delicious food!”

The course will include some plein air painting, studio-based work and also trips out. Nel and Rebecca say: “We want to offer a new experience of using pastels outside and to introduce the joys of exploring how inspiring another country’s landscape and countryside can be. The atmosphere will be relaxed with one-to-one help, demonstrations. Join us and try something different.”

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!

Nel and Bec plus pic

Pastels

Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

1-8 September 2018

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

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