A calm convent, but complicated, confounding curves!

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

On Thursdays, after the excitements of their Wednesday excursions, we take our creative courses guests to the calm Convento del Carmine, a little beyond and above the nearby town of Fivizzano, with views over the town and the surrounding hills.

The convent (that’s what they call it, although the former inmates were monks, not nuns) is of the Carmelite order dates back to 1568. The Renaissance-style building has cloisters with sandstone columns and lunettes decorated with murals attributed to Stefano Lemmi of the Bolognese school of artists. It is surrounded by lovely gardens and 17 secluded hectares of pines, walnut, chestnut, cypress and fruit trees, meadows and streams and is now used as a venue for romantic weddings. (Incidentally the President of Italy and the president of Germany lunch there recently when they were in this area to commemorate the tragic events of August 1944, a dreadful time in northern Italy as the Allies pushed back the Germans.)

The convent, which was closed down in 1782, certainly is calm and peaceful, and our guests enjoy the exclusive use of its cloisters, gardens and grounds, and a delicious, gourmet picnic.

Many of our painting guests prefer to paint in the gardens and grounds, finding the curves and the perspective of the vaulted cloisters somewhat daunting, but many rise to the challenge. Here, for example, is a lovely watercolour sketch by one of our guests, Robert Christopher.

And a few more guests concentrating on getting it right.

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

Or you may prefer to enjoy fresh air in the gardens and paint the views. Lou Renner took these pictures on last week’s painting course tutored by his wife Maggie Renner Hellmann.

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

Here is Maggie herself capturing the curves undaunted.

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

Whether you want to tackle complicated perspective or just enjoy tranquil surroundings, you will find the convent a marvellous place to be. Why not join us and see for yourself on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring painting courses. You can find out all about them by clicking here.

Places are filling fast for 2020, so if you’d like to reserve a place, now really is the time to book, especially as you can take advantage of our Early Bird Discount Offer: if you book before the end of this year there is £75 (English pounds) per person off any of our courses.

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