Come and sketch … and paint … and talk … and relax … and eat … and be pampered … and generally enjoy … a painting week with Sue Ford at the Watermill.

Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I have put together some sketches by our lovely painting tutor Sue Ford, made during her last visit to us in 2017. Sue will be back with us for another of her multimedia painting courses this summer. There are more details and links below. The sketch above is a view through the arch to the bridge across the stream in the little village of Verucolla, where we go to paint on Mondays during our creative weeks. And here’s one of the castle, which dominates the village:

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

And this is the quiet mountain village of Monte dei Bianchi, our Friday location on painting courses, where we sketch and paint and then enjoy a gourmet lunch in a hilltop restaurant.

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

You won’t just be sketching with Sue, but perhaps trying out many different painting mediums:

Multitalented, multimedia, multicoloured, multi-inspiring!

Sue Ford loves creating pictures in any medium – and she loves passing on what she’s learned to other people to help them release their creativity. So, we are delighted to welcome her back for another special week-long painting course here this year. She will with us from 13-20 July 2019 and will teach in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic. We still have a few places left on her course and there are details below.

Here’s a pastel of Monterosso, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre.

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

And here’s a wonderful, colourful and vibrant collage of one of the villages of the Cinque Terre, one of our excursion venues on Wednesdays:Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

 Relaxed, friendly, patient

As well as a multitalented, multimedia artist Sue is a very keen teacher. One of our previous guests on a previous course  at the Watermill said: Sue has a relaxed, friendly and very patient approach to tuition and encouraged us all to achieve as much as possible at our own level. She gave demo’s and one to one tuition when required. There was a wide choice of subject matter for sketching and painting both at the Watermill itself and on our excursions. All in all a most enjoyable week.”

Sue says: “Each student will be guided carefully throughout the day, from initial demonstration to getting started, followed by patient, professional tuition. I aim to help my students to create paintings which will give them the confidence in their abilities and help them to develop their own artistic vision.”

And the Watermill setting? One of our guests said: “I had a wonderful time. Everything was superb – the accommodation, the trips out and the food! Utterly wonderful. It was an experience that I will treasure.”

Put yourself in the picture

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

And remember: from the moment we pick you up at Pisa airport on your first Saturday the moment we drop you back there a week later, we’ll look after your every need, in a safe and caring environment.

When I say EVERYTHING, I mean everything: 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! 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

And a river runs by: come and paint it at the Watermill and have the time of your life

The vibrant painting above is by Mark Warner, who was a tutor at the Watermill in 2017 and who will be returning for another inspiring painting week next year. The picture is a sneak preview and will be telling you all about Mark’s 2020 course in the next few months. For our regular weekend update on availability of this year’s (2019) courses, I thought we might have a river theme. The river Rosaro, rising in the high Apennine mountains some 10 or 12 miles from the Watermill, gushes past our back door and is a favourite location for our painting guests. So this could be you, in this picture by Doranne Alden.

Here’s a watercolour by Mike Willdridge, capturing the watery scene.

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

And here’s one of my favourites, a lovely watercolour by a former painting tutor John Christian:

And here are some members of a painting group a painting group with Sandra Strohschein last year, showing off their work down by the Riverside:

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

Why not come and see for yourself, on a painting holiday or one of our creative writing, knitting or Italian language weeks? And remember: from the moment we pick you up at Pisa airport on your first Saturday the moment we drop you back there a week later, we’ll look after your every need, in a safe and caring environment. When I say EVERYTHING, I mean:

  • all tuition fees and accommodation
  • local transportation (including transfers to and from Pisa airport; including a mid- week excursion by train to a Tuscan beauty spot or historic town).
  • all meals including breakfast, gourmet picnics on location, pre-dinner aperitifs, dinner at the mill or at small and friendly local restaurants with regional Italian dishes and wines.

 All you have to do is to get to Pisa and we do the rest!

Our 2019 holidays are filling fast: we already have a record 240 bookers for our 21 courses, so big thanks to all those who have supported us by booking up for this year. We still have places on some of our courses, however, and the availability is listed below. And even if you see a course you particularly like is fully booked, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: there often cancellations and we will put you on a waiting list. But to be safe why not come and join one of our inspiring and sympathetic tutors where we still have a few places? And why not bring your non-participating partners well? Not only is there a generous £250 reduction for them (sharing a room with you), but we have plenty of activities for them. Find out more about that by clicking here.

What’s available: Painting courses

I’ve listed the painting courses where we still have availability first, the others that are full, but for which there is a waiting list, follow these.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Two or three places left
24 – 31 August 2019
 One place left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Two or three places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019  Two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

The painting courses below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come on one of them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Paul Talbot-Greaves
27 April to 4 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Keiko Tanabe
18 – 25 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019
 Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

I’ve listed the knitting courses where we still have availability first:

Sarah Hazell
4 – 11 May 2019 Due to cancellations, three or four places left
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Sarah and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Due to cancellations, three or four places left
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

The knitting week below is currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

What’s available: Writing courses

I’ve listed the creative writing course where we still have availability first, the others is but there is a waiting list.

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Five or six places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.
The creative writing week below is currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019Fully booked, waiting list open
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Italian language course

Our Italian language course is currently fully booked, but that may be cancellations, so if you’re interested please contact us and we’ll put you on the waiting list.

Langues services and Francesca la Sala 
11 – 18 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Italian language
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

We’d be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details about all our 2019 creative courses. We are ready for your call on (UK number +44 (20) 7193 6246) or email us at info@watermill.net.) 

The Watermill, warm hospitality, superb scenery, delicious food, inspiring tuition – and the river Rosaro, all await you!

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

Another lovely watercolour of the river Rosaro, this one by Sandra Strohschein

 

Enjoy a convivial and inspiring week painting in Tuscany with Jude Scott

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Come and paint with Jude Scott at the Watermill. Warm hospitality in an all-inclusive residential holiday in the heart of rural Tuscany, with inspired teaching. We’ll look after you from the moment you arrive in Pisa until we take you back there again a week later.

Jude, from Western Australia, will be joining us for two weeks next summer. She will be teaching in watercolours (& acrylics and oils) from Saturday 17 August to Saturday, 24 August 2019 and from Saturday 24 August to Saturday 31 August 2019 and there are more details below. We have three or four places left for Jude’s first week (17-24 August) but just one place for her second week (24-31 August). We’d love you to join us. There are more details and links below.

Jude loves watercolours for their immediacy, unpredictability, translucency, dazzling colours and powerful tones,” but she also paints in, and is happy to teach in, acrylics and oils. She says: “I love a new challenge and paint all subjects.” Her favourites are serene landscapes and vibrant floral works. Her watercolour below is called Riverside.

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

Jude says: A trip down to the river with the grandies resulted in this painting-they were having such a marvellous time spotting the enormous jellyfish! Sketches on site were used for a painting the next day. I began drawing the figures first from photographic references, flooding the background and foreground with water, dropping in the colour and allowing to dry. Then the figures and the shadows were painted and, after drying the darks were strengthened.”

Jude Scott, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.As for teaching, Jude says: “I love sharing what I have learnt over many years of painting and it is always a thrill watching ‘the artist within’ emerge from each individual student. I strongly encourage students to develop their own unique style of brush strokes and mark making: just relax, be brave, don’t forget to breathe and the rest will surely follow.”

One of her previous students said: Jude was truly amazing, great tempo, strong knowledge base, strong interpersonal skills, just the right mix of doing and listening.” And another added: “She catered for the individual, encouraging a personal approach of expression, whilst at the same time teaching sound techniques. Her outgoing and bright personality really made her classes fun.”

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

Some lovely roses by Jude

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! 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019
 One place left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her courses at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Finally, here’s a wonderful landscape by Jude called Evening-Pentecost River (in the Kimberley region of West Australia). We’re looking forward to seeing how Jude, and her students, capture the wonderful scenery of Tuscany. Why don’t you join her and us?

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

 

 

Bring your sketchbook to capture your fleeting Tuscan memories

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

Two Watermill painting course guests enjoying a quiet moment in the sunny courtyard

Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge is off on his travels in the Far East and Australia, visiting relatives, but before he went he sent me some lovely sketches bringing back memories of his previous courses with us at the Watermill. You can see two of our guests enjoying a favourite spot: the cushioned bench in a corner of the Watermill courtyard.

Mike is a great believer in carrying his sketchbook everywhere and capturing quickly memories that will last a lifetime. If you come on his Watermill painting course, he’ll encourage you to do the same. Here’s a colourful gouache he made in Lucca, the beautiful walled Italian town, which is one of our excursion-day venues:

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

We already have 10 people booked into Mike’s course, two of whom are non-painting partners, so we have room for two or three more painters, and their non-painting partners too, of course, if they’d like to come. There are details and links below.

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

Mike’s sketch of market day in the town of Fivizzano, near the Watermill

We’d love you to join us and Mike to capture on paper your fleeting memories of an inspiring and creative painting week. We will look after you from the moment you arrive at Pisa airport on your first Saturday to the moment we drop you back then a week later. Here are the dates of Mike’s course and links to his Profile Page on the Watermill website:

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

Here’s a watercolour by Mike of the River Rosaro, which flows past the Watermill:

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

Good fortune, fulfilled dreams: try a 777 creative holiday at the Watermill!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.I was thinking recently about the fact that everything is included in a Watermill creative holiday, whether it’s painting, creative writing, knitting or Italian language. From the moment we pick you up at Pisa airport on your first Saturday the moment we drop you back there a week later, we’ll look after your every need, in a safe and caring environment. When I say EVERYTHING, I mean:

  • all tuition fees and accommodation
  • local transportation (including transfers to and from Pisa airport; including a mid- week excursion by train to a Tuscan beauty spot or historic town).
  • all meals including breakfast, gourmet picnics on location, pre-dinner aperitifs, dinner at the mill or at small and friendly local restaurants with regional Italian dishes and wines.

 All you have to do is to get to Pisa and we do the rest!

So, among other things, that means seven breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners, and that got me thinking about the number 777. Hadn’t I read somewhere that it was a rather special number? I did a bit of research (well, looked it up on Google) and found that 777 is associated with luck, good fortune, miracles, optimism, fulfilled dreams and support from above. 777 is also used on most slot machines in the United States to identify a jackpot.

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

I don’t know about support from above, but I do know that you’d enjoy good fortune and help yourself to fulfil your dreams by coming on a Watermill creative holiday. Yes, you will hit the jackpot!

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

Fulfil your dreams: grab your place

Our 2019 holidays are filling fast: we already have a record 236 bookers for our 21 courses, so big thanks to all those who have supported us by booking up for this year. We still have places on some of our courses, however, and the availability is listed below. And even if you see a course you particularly like is fully booked, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: there often cancellations and we will put you on a waiting list. But to be safe why not come and join one of our inspiring and sympathetic tutors where we still have a few places? And why not bring your non-participating partners well? Not only is there a generous £250 reduction for them (sharing a room with you), but we have plenty of activities for them. Find out more about that by clicking here.

What’s available: Painting courses

I’ve listed the painting courses where we still have availability first, the others that are full, but for which there is a waiting list, follow these.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Two or three places left
24 – 31 August 2019
 One place left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Three or four places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019  Two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Paul Talbot-Greaves
27 April to 4 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Keiko Tanabe
18 – 25 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019
 Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

I’ve listed the knitting courses where we still have availability first, the others that are full, but for which there is a waiting list, follow these.

Sarah Hazell
4 – 11 May 2019 Two or three places left
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Sarah and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Two or three places left
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

What’s available: Writing courses

I’ve listed the creative writing course where we still have availability first, the others is but there is a waiting list.

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Five or six places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019Fully booked, waiting list open
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Italian language course

Our Italian language course is currently fully booked, but that may be cancellations, so if you’re interested please contact us and we’ll put you on the waiting list.

Langues services and Francesca la Sala 
11 – 18 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Italian language
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

We’d be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details about all our 2019 creative courses. We are ready for your call on (UK number +44 (20) 7193 6246) or email us at info@watermill.net.) 

You might even fly in on a Boeing 777!

Watermill memories from Varvara Neiman: come and make your own this year

Painting by Varvara Neiman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented and inspiring Watermill painting tutor Varvara Neiman has just sent me three lovely paintings, in different mediums, created from her last visit to us in 2017. I hope you enjoy them.

The one above is a watercolour of the back of the mill and the mill stream bubbling back into the river. I love the way Varvara has created her own vision of this, to me, very familiar sight. Below we have a vivacious pastel market day in the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano, where we go to paint on Tuesdays:Painting by Varvara Neiman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And this is an acrylic capturing the atmosphere of the ancient peaceful convent where we go to paint on Thursdays:

Our thanks to Varvara for sharing those vibrant memories with us.

You, too, can enjoy the wonderful locations in and around the Watermill and in the lovely unspoiled countryside of Lunigiana in Tuscany – castles, convents, mediaeval walled towns, hilltop villages and much more. Varvara will be with us again later this year. We already have eight people booked into her course, but we have room for three or four more painters, and their non-painting partners, if they would like to come.

Varvara tutors in water-based oils, acrylics andwatercolours and she will be here from Saturday 31 August to Saturday 7 September 2019.

Varvara Neiman, who now lives in Buckinghamshire, England, was born into an artistic family in St. Petersburg, Russia, where art and teaching were professions passed on from generation to generation. Her work combines classical discipline with a modern imagination. She is enthusiastic about painting en plein air and passionate about Cezanne’s famous quote: “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensation.”

Varvara has been a popular and inspiring teacher for many years. She is skilled in oils, acrylics and watercolours and will teach in any of those mediums. (Water-based oils for easier transportation.)  During her course there will be group demonstrations as well as one-to-one guidance. Varvara likes to create a friendly atmosphere in the group, encouraging students to share their experiences. A couple of comments from Varvara’s previous students: “I have been coming to classes with Varvara for almost 10 years and she never ceases to amaze me both with her artistic knowledge and range of techniques. “Not only is she excellent teacher she is also good artist… there is no-one better to teach you.” 

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!

You can see more of Varvara’s paintings, and learn more about her course at the Watermill, by clicking on the link below.

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Three or four places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

 

Mike is prepared to get his feet wet in the cause of your art!

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.One of our guests on Mike Willdridge’s painting course here last year has just sent me a charming email about her experiences. She is happy to share her thoughts with you but, modestly, prefers to remain anonymous, although we can use her initials, HJ.

She says: “I have been meaning to write to you for months to thank you again for the wonderful break with you…

“Mike and Sue between them created a truly memorable experience – for all the right reasons. Mike was an inspiring tutor: enthusiastic, energetic, positive and adventurous (both artistically and physically, including one memorable demo where he was almost swept away by the mill stream!)

“His demos were full of useful tips and information, and I particularly appreciated his loose style and his teaching on composition. He encouraged us to develop our own painting style, and somehow always managed to put a positive spin on even our worst artistic efforts!

 

“Equally impressive was the effort he and Sue (and the two of you, of course!) put into creating a genuinely happy social experience for us all. I don’t know where he found he found all that social energy after shepherding us through each day of painting!

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

“All in all, the week was inspiring, fulfilling, friendly and fun (with the occasional artistic frustration, of course!). I returned home all fired up and determined to make time for painting…”

Thank you for those kind words, HJ, and we look forward to renewing our acquaintance this year as you’re coming back for another painting week.

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

Mike’s lovely watercolour of the millstream bubbling back into the river

We have nine people already booked into Mike’s course this June, so we have room for three more painters (and then non-painting partners if they’d like to join them.) We will look after you from the moment you arrive at Pisa airport on your first Saturday to the moment we drop you back then a week later. And we are all trying to keep our feet dry!

Here are the dates of Mike’s course and links to his Profile Page on the Watermill website:

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

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

Another watery Willdridge image

Can you forget all the roses that were ever painted and make a picture of ours?

, if you came one of our world-famous painting holidays at the Watermill.When I put together our recent blog on the ‘holiday pictures’ of famous painters I was struck by a quotation from one of the artists, Henri Matisse, who painted the picture above in 1925. It’s called Safrano Roses at the Window and Matisse commented: “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”

I feel rather the same way about Venice and that picture we also featured, by Edouard Manet of gondolas on the grand Canal: can we ever see Venice differently, and it differently, remembering all the great pictures by masters from Canaletto to Turner and beyond?

But, returning to roses, we have wonderful roses on the pergola in the Watermill walled garden and several of our painting tutors and students have made pictures of them over the years. They also painted pictures of roses in their own locations and studios. Here are some, by Sandra Strohschein:Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.

And here’s a fine painting by our new Australian tutor, Jude Scott.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

And a superb pastel by Nel Whatmore.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

The best time to enjoy our roses will be in June and July and we still have spaces on the courses of Mike Willdridge and Sue Ford in that period if you’d like to try your hand at capturing them. Here is our rose pergola in full bloom:The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We can’t promise you a plethora of roses later in the year, but there will still be plenty of colourful flowers in the gardens and grounds for you to capture with your brush. Here’s the latest list of painting weeks where we still have some places.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019
 One place left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Three or four places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019  Two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page

 

Come and join us and get floral!

 

 

Holiday pictures from famous artists – your turn next!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.On these cold, wet days (in the northern hemisphere at least) it’s pleasant to turn our thoughts to summer holidays. So we thought we would share some summer holiday pictures made by famous artists to warm you up and make you think of sunshine and warm leisurely days.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Above is a painting by Berthe Morisot, perhaps the most famous of female French Impressionists, of her husband Eugene Manet, on holiday in the Isle of Wight in 1875. Berthe is a great heroine of mine: not only do I like the look of her paintings, but I like the look of her. To the left is a portrait made by her brother-in-law Édouard Manet. Don’t you just love the twinkle in those dark eyes?

And here’s a holiday picture made in 1875, too, by Édouard Manet himself, called Blue Venice.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

And finally, a seaside picture made by another hero of mine, Henri Matisse, painted in 1925 and called Roses at the Window., if you came one of our world-famous painting holidays at the Watermill.

Well, I hope that warmed your day — and it gives me the opportunity to suggest that you, too, could be painting some wonderful holiday pictures, if you came one of our world-famous painting holidays at the Watermill.

Many of those courses are already fully booked up, but we do have availability on the courses listed below. We love you to join us and make your own summer holiday pictures!

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019
 One place left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Three or four places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019  Two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Wish you were here?

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

Come and create your own holiday pictures. Photo: Keith Strohschein

Watermill creative holidays: fantastic tuition in a safe and caring environment

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

Be inspired with a group of like-minded people

Now is the time to book your place on a Watermill creative holiday – painting, writing, knitting or Italian language. Inspiring tuition, wonderful scenery, delicious food, a safe and caring environment.  We will look after your every need from the moment we pick you up at Pisa airport on the first Saturday, until we drop you off again at the airport at the end of your week.

Some 230 places out of a total of 250 or so have already been booked for our 2019 creative courses, but there are still quite a few places left on some weeks. If there’s a particular tutor or a particular week you would like to come on, and you find ithe course is fully booked, don’t hesitate to get in touch. There are often cancellations and we will put you on a waiting list and contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

Bring your partner or friend. Why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. We also offer a range of Alternative activities for partners (please click here) on all our creative courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

What’s available: Painting courses

Paul Talbot-Greaves
27 April to 4 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Keiko Tanabe
18 – 25 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019
 Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019
 One place left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Three or four places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019  Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019  Two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

Sarah Hazell
4 – 11 May 2019 Two or three places left
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Sarah and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Two or three places left
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

Writing courses

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Still plenty of places
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

 

Italian language course

Langues services and Francesca la Sala 
11 – 18 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Italian language
To learn more about Francesca and her course at the mill, please click here.

We’d be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details about all our 2019 creative courses. We are ready for your call on (UK number +44 (20) 7193 6246) or email us at info@watermill.net. ) 

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

Students demonstrate their work on the last day of a painting course last year.

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

Concentration on one of Sarah Hazell’s knitting courses

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

Finding a quiet corner to start writing