Hurry now to register for Rebecca’s inspiring online session

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Rebecca captures a street scene and architecture in pastels and other media.
Rebecca di Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

This is your last chance to register for Rebecca de Mendonca’s exciting interactive online pastel session tomorrow. We are delighted to say that registrations have been flowing in and we are already expecting a hundred or so people to take part. There’s still room for you though, so if you’d like to enjoy a couple of hours escaping from it all, in the company of this versatile and talented pastellist, now is the time to put your name down. Details of how to register below. (Rebecca’s session is free, but if you would like to make a donation recognising all the hard work that Rebecca and Lois Breckon put into these sessions, it would be gratefully received!)

This time the subject is street scenes and architecture, in pen and ink and various pastel media. Rebecca says: “Join us to experiment in ways to capture the atmosphere of street scenes and the character of historic buildings. I will demonstrate how you can vary your materials and simplify the subject matter to make your life easier.”

Rebecca says that architecture can sometimes seem a daunting subject for pastellists, but she says: “There are ways to use the softness of pastels to create light and atmosphere, but also to get detailed structure with pens and Conte crayons.” As well as demonstrating an atmospheric street scene, Rebecca will show, and explain, example of sketching buildings and other media. Combinations will include: ink with pastel pencil, ink with soft pastel, ink and charcoal with water, pastel pencil and Conte crayon and pastel.

The online session, which will be hosted by Lois Breckon, will be full of tips and techniques to inspire you and will last about 45 minutes. You will have an opportunity to ask questions during the demonstration, and you will receive a materials list and a video of the session, to enable you to have a go yourself in your own time. The session is suitable for both beginners and more experienced students. It doesn’t matter whether you have used pastels before or not.

Rebecca’s free online session ‘Street Scenes and Architecture’ will be online at 2:30pm English time on Thursday 19th November. You will need to register to see Rebecca’s demonstration and to receive the reference picture, a materials list and, afterwards, a video of the session. Please register by using the Watermill Contact Form, which you can find by clicking here. Select: Rebecca de Mendonca. 19 Nov.

And when you’ve enjoyed watching Rebecca online, why not join her for real, on her ‘real’ Watermill course next year? Rebecca will help you to capture stunning locations in and around the Watermill and the surrounding countryside? (We already have 10 people Rebecca’s next June. One of them is a non-painting partner, so we have three more painters (and their partners if they would like to come.)

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

Rebecca’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 pastel above 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.

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.

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 3 places left

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

Don’t forget: The Watermill is renowned for its inspiring teaching, its beautiful setting, its delicious food and wine, and its warm and welcoming hospitality. We are also Cool and Green! All the bedrooms and public rooms have air conditioning, powered by our hidden array of photovoltaic panels, harnessing the sun’s energy to makes us self-sufficient in electricity generation.


  1. Virginia Hole says

    If I’m not too late to book for this afternoon’s class I would like to do so.

    • Good morning Virginia. We will be delighted to have you aboard! I think Lois has already sent you an email enabling you to register for this afternoon’s session. I hope you enjoy it. With best wishes, Bill Breckon, the Watermill at Posara.

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