Inspirational, interactive, free and fun…

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

We have had a wonderful feedback from participants in Mike Willdridge‘s free, interactive, online sessions. We have run four of them already and there are more to come. In the last one before this newsletter went to press more than 120 people joined the Zoom session (hosted by Lois) and painted ‘washing on the line’ along with Mike. Above is Mike’s demonstration picture of the subject.

Some comments from guests on previous sessions:

“The perfect approach with or without the dreaded lockdown. I find both watching the ‘parts’ of the sessions AND painting alongside Mike really helpful. You get more of a sense how its ok to be freer. It gives you the confidence to be a bit chaotic and less prone to overpainting – always my problem. Interestingly, with no distractions I found it easy to concentrate and repeat what you were doing on zoom. Being set up beforehand, ready-to-go, and the concentrated session was just great.  Thank you so much.”

“What a fabulous way to bring the whole world together and coming, doing something happy.”

I’ve made one of those short, fun Facebook slideshows of some of the paintings made by some of our 120+ guests during the session, which you can see by clicking here.

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Some paintings by guests on our latest session

We have now organised more sessions, each of which can now take up to 150 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, 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.)

Mike’s next session is on Thursday 2 July at 2.30pm. The theme is a busy market in Le Marche.

The following session is on Thursday 9 July at 2.30pm, when the theme will be Moorish architecture.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Photographs of the subjects for the next two interactive sessions with Mike.

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. {Please check the link.} 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. The session will last a couple of hours.

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 step-by-step teaching.

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

The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious
Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Mike Willdridge’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 are sure that everything 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.

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.

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