The answer was a lemon; next week, a sunlit door. Join Mike for more free interactive online sessions

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

Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge has devised three wonderful online, interactive painting sessions where you can brush up your basic painting skills. And they are free. We had the first of them earlier this week with just a dozen people, as we found our technological feet on Zoom. It was great fun and now we are planning two more, with room for many more Watermill guests to enjoy Mike’s company and paint along with him. In fact, we’re going to try for 100 people on Zoom for the next session. It is filling fast, but there’s room for a few more. Lois is the hostess with the mostest, in charge of the technological juggling act! There are details below of how to join below.

Our first session involved painting a couple of lemons, hence the picture above, a montage of some of our guests’ paintings during the free interactive session. The next topic is a sunlit Tuscan door:

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

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. He will demonstrate some basic techniques such as wet onto wet, wet onto dry, light to dark etc. 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. Each session will last about 90 minutes.

Here are the details of the next two:

  • Thursday 28 May, 2.30pm UK time – a Tuscan, sunlit door
  • Thursday 11 June, 9.30pm UK time (so that guests in Australia can join in) – geese
Mike shows where the light comes from.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph 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 steps on YouTube.

The ‘sunlit door’ session will be limited to 100 participants.  We are still taking bookings for this, and for the final session, painting geese.  Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in touch with Lois by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions’. You will find them informative, inspirational – and fun!

And when you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real on his Watermill course this autumn?

Mike’s painting group last year, not being too serious!

Mike’s course, in watercolours and drawing (and gouache and acrylics) will run from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September. Details and link below. Why not give yourself something to look forward to and join Mike here? We think things will be back to normal by then, but don’t forget the Watermill’s coronavirus promise:

  • Rest assured that if travel restrictions in your own country or in Italy mean that the course cannot run on these dates, or that appropriate flights are not available, we will postpone your course until 2021.
  • If a workshop is cancelled, rather than just being postponed, we will refund any payment in full.
  • If a workshop is postponed and you cannot make the new dates for the tutor you have chosen, we will offer you alternative courses with others inspiring tutors.
Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.
A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the millstream bubbling under one of our gardner Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

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Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


Below is Mike’s beautiful demonstration painting of the nearby church at Pognana. Come and see for yourself. We would love to welcome you here.

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

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