The Watermill at Posara announces its 2013 line-up of painting and creative writing courses

Five brand-new courses, both painting and creative writing – including The Watermill’s first crime fiction writing course – have been announced for 2013.
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Aug. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- Suitable for all abilities, courses are held at The Watermill, a beautiful, picture-perfect, restored 17th century grain, chestnut and olive mill in rural, north-west Tuscany.

Here are the five new courses in 2013:

• California-based Tom Schaller (1-8 June 2013) worked for 20 years as an architect and architectural artist and is now a full-time watercolourist.
• Artist Joanne Boon Thomas (8-15 June 2013) hopes to share her excitement at the unpredictability of watercolours, inspiring other artists to realise the hidden talents they possess.
• British artist Sue Ford (24-31 August 2013) will be sharing her extensive mixed-media skills, and aiming to stretch all students regardless of their ability.
• Bev Wells (14-21 September 2013) focuses on teaching a methodical step-by-step approach to watercolour painting and places a strong emphasis on colour.
• Popular thriller novelist Meg Gardiner will be leading The Watermill’s first crime writing course (5-12 October 2013), which will cover the essentials needed to write a bestselling thriller: from building up tension and creating a memorable villain, right through to getting your work published.

The programme also features some of The Watermill’s most popular painting tutors including the Brazilian artist Fábio Cembranelli, Australian watercolourist Charles Sluga and British artist John Christian, celebrated for his ‘wet-into-wet’ technique. On the writing front, there are also two memoir-writing courses with author Jo Parfitt, plus a romance-writing week with Mills & Boon author Sharon Kendrick.

Using the local surroundings as inspiration – with trips out into the countryside and to nearby villages – guests enjoy superb regional cuisine, influenced by Tuscany and the neighbouring regions of Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. Vegetables come from The Watermill’s own garden, and fresh local produce is used wherever possible, including local hams and cheeses. Popular dishes include tagliatelle with mushrooms, Tuscan porchetta, chicken involtini, amaretto mousse ice cream and homemade tiramisù.

A week’s painting or creative writing course in 2013 costs from £1,236 pp based on two sharing. The price includes transfers (Pisa), all tuition, seven nights’ accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including local restaurants), local travel and a mid-week visit to either Lucca or the Cinque Terre villages. Non-painting partners pay just £1,036 pp. Flights (Pisa) extra. Courses booked before 31 December cost from £1,149 pp, saving £87 pp.

Contact The Watermill at Posara on 020 7193 6246; or  

For a full list of the 2013 courses, please see below:


John Christian – watercolours (11-18 May 2013): fun-loving British painter John has a renowned ‘wet-into-wet’ technique and he works in ‘pure watercolour’ in a fast, spontaneous manner.

Terry Jarvis – watercolours, oils, pastels and acrylics (25 May-1 June 2013): an Australian watercolourist who has won awards for his work, which hang in collections across the world. He has also worked with Aboriginal groups in Australia and with refugees from Kosovo.

NEW: Tom Schaller – watercolours (1-8 June 2013): one of the foremost architectural artists in the world, California-based Tom has exhibited globally including in Shanghai, Belgium, America and Spain.

NEW: Joanne Boon Thomas – watercolours (8-15 June 2013): originally a graphic designer, Joanne lives in Lancashire and focuses on composition, harmonious colour, interesting textures and the quality of light in her work.

Fábio Cembranelli – watercolours, oils and acrylics (15-22 June 2013): an international artist from Brazil who is famous for his landscapes and luminous floral watercolours, Fábio also teaches in oils and acrylics.

Annelise Pio Hansen – watercolours (29 June-6 July 2013): Annelise’s Watermill painting holidays are always extremely popular.  She paints in soft but bright colours, influenced by the landscapes of her native Denmark.

NEW: Sue Ford – watercolours, pastels, gouache and oils (24-31 August 2013): a contributor to Leisure Painter and Paint! Magazines, Sue’s skills lie in a large number of media and she gives practical advice about materials and technique, as well as in composition and colour.

Laraine Simpson – watercolours, oils, pastels and other media (31 August-7 September 2013): Laraine likes to encourage her students to appreciate the relationships between line, tone, shape and colour.

g.a. Sheller – watercolours (7-14 September 2013): g.a. hails from New York and has received many accolades for her unique work and inspirational teaching over the last 30+ years.

NEW: Bev Wells – watercolours (14-21 September 2013): Bev’s focus is often colours, and she a great believer in teaching people in a step-by-step way, explaining what she does and why – passing on what she’s thinking about as she paints.

Charles Sluga – watercolours (28 September-5 October 2013): Australian artist Charles is a highly respected watercolour artist and teacher in both Australia and Europe.  


‘Writing romance’ (4-11 May 2013) with British author Sharon Kendrick:  with over 80 Mills & Boon titles to her name, Sharon is an expert in writing romantic fiction.  

‘How to write your memoir’ (18-25 May and 12-19 October 2013) with British author Jo Parfitt: Jo’s course will show you how to write compelling stories based on your own experiences and turn them into a publishable memoir that has plot, pace and pizzazz.

NEW: ‘Writing crime fiction’ (5-12 October 2013) with US-born, British-based author Meg Gardiner: Meg’s best-selling thrillers have been translated into 20 languages and she’ll show you how to write gripping, crime-suspense fiction.

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

ENDS                                                                                      17 August 2012

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