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Feb. 2, 2012 - PRLog -- Tuscany has long been associated with painting. Michelangelo was born in Tuscany, as was da Vinci, and the beautiful scenery, Mediterranean light and delicious food and wines continue to attract a talented mix of artists who come to The Watermill, all keen to pass on their painting skills.

Here are just six of the artists who will be teaching at The Watermill in 2012:

Liz Seward (9-16 June)
From growing up in St James’ Palace, where her father worked in the Royal Household, to illustrating publications at the Natural History Museum, British artist Liz’s life was artistic from the outset and has led to a fascinating and varied career. Today, Liz demonstrates her work in watercolour and mixed media to art societies throughout the UK and exhibits regularly in London’s Mall Galleries.

Margaret Ferraro (18-25 August)
Specialising in oils and soft pastels, Canadian Margaret is the only artist coming to The Watermill in 2012 who won’t include watercolours in her teaching programme. Instead, she specialises in textile design and the use of colour, pattern and design. Last year, Margaret exhibited across Canada (from Vancouver to Québec) and she regularly exhibits in America, participating in the Pastel Society of America Show.

Annelise Pio Hansen (25 August-1 September)
Danish-born Annelise studied watercolour painting in England, but continues to this day to retain her Danish style, using soft and bright colours. She paints a variety of subjects, exhibiting across Denmark and Sweden, and currently has an exhibition of wild animal paintings in a Copenhagen gallery.

Laraine Simpson (1-8 September)
With landscapes, the human form, architecture and horses her preferred subjects, British artist Laraine works in oils, pastels and watercolours and teaches in all three. Her method focuses on encouraging pupils to experiment and develop their own style and this she achieves with a strong emphasis on one-to-one tuition. She has exhibited regularly in Yorkshire and the Northeast of England, as well as at galleries in London.

David Taylor (22-29 September)
The Watermill has worked with Australian artist David since 2007, when he first led a course at the owners’ former base in Scotland. His 40-year-long painting career has been prolific and he has received more than 100 awards for his watercolour paintings. He exhibits across the globe and a couple of his paintings are now part of China’s National Collection.

Charles Sluga (29 September-6 October)
With waiting lists for his classes back home in Australia, Charles’ courses at The Watermill are always extremely popular. He has been invited to exhibit at the New York Art Expo and has won many awards, including the highly-coveted Alice Bale Art Award – Australia's premier award for realist and figurative art.

A week’s painting course at The Watermill costs from £1,149 pp (two sharing) including transfers (Pisa), tuition, seven nights’ full-board, local travel and a mid-week excursion. Flights extra.

For further information contact The Watermill at Posara on (UK number) 020 7193 6246;

2 February 2012

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