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Online sessions from The Watermill at Posara

The Watermill at Posara has teamed up with some of our inspiring painting tutors to produce an ongoing series of interactive, online painting sessions. These have already proved extremely popular with our guests and they are creating a real sense of international community in these difficult times. Our guests have called them ‘morale boosting’ and ‘a wonderful distraction’. Come and join us.

Here is a list of our forthcoming online sessions:


Mike Willdridge     strong perspective on the Corso in Manly, Sydney       Pen and watercolour     2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 15 April 2021     Registration on donation

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Mary Padgett     a vase of tulips    pastels   4.00pm (UK time) on Thursday 22 April 2021     Registration on donation

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Mike Willdridge     Using a Sketchbook    pen and watercolour    2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 29 April 2021     Registration on donation

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Tim Wilmot     Inside the Mill    watercolour    5.00pm (UK time) on Thursday 6 May 2021     Registration on donation

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Mike Willdridge    Drawing and Painting Figures    watercolour    2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 13 May 2021     Registration on donation

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Trevor Lingard   A Countryside Landscape    watercolour    2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 20 May 2021     Registration on donation

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Mike Willdridge     No Perspective!    watercolour    2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 27 May 2021     Registration on donation

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Randy Hale     subject to come    watercolour    4pm (UK time) fon Thursday 3 June 2021     Registration on donation    Link to come

Mike Willdridge     subject to come    watercolour    2.30pm (UK time) fon Thursday 10 June 2021     Registration on donation    Link to come

Rebecca de Mendonça     subject to come    soft pastels    2.30pm (UK time) fon Thursday 17 June 2021     Registration on donation    Link to come


Many guests ask us how much they should give in a donation. It's like a dram of Scottish whisky when you visit someone's house. It's of a size that neither offends the guest nor the host. We hope that helps!

When you register we will send you images of the scene and often a practice painting by the tutor to inspire you. We’ll also give you a link to a suggested materials list and colours for your palette.

After the session we will send you a link to an exclusive video that will enable to you revisit the step-by-step teaching. Many of our guests also send us pictures of their own efforts during the sessions and we set up a private gallery for the session so you will be able to see what everyone has achieved.

Alls quite in Florence
Just a few of the paintings of the French market from our online guests

Unlike many online painting programmes, our watercolour tutors will not expect you to ‘look over their 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 they have shown you, step-by-step. They 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, they will move onto the next part of the process. Lois will be on hand to feed your questions. The session will last a couple of hours.

We would love you to join us and we are sure you will find the online, interactive sessions both illuminating and inspiring – and a very welcome distraction from the daily worries of these times.

Happy painting!


Purchase a Watermill's online video box set

A 'virtual' week at the mill - Video Box Set

From the comfort of your own home, and in your own time, you can enjoy the excitement of painting watercolour in the wonderful Tuscan countryside. As Mike says: "You really only learn to paint by PAINTING," and these videos help you do just that.

This unique 'box set' comprises the edited online sessions from Mike Willdridge's 'virtual' week at the mill, 28 November to 4 December 2020. There are seven separate videos, one for each venue including sketching in Pisa and the Cinque Terre. You paint along with Mike 'on location', learning about perspective, mixing colours and drawing figures, all the while deepening your knowledge and experience of painting watercolour. As one student said: "I learnt more in seven days than I had in seven years!"

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Archived painting videos

We have archived most of the previous sessions in watercolour (unless otherwise indicated) and you can see them by clicking on the link indicated. Although the videos are free we would very much appreciate a donation for our time and effort. You can donate HERE. If you prefer to donate using some system other than PayPal, please just ASK.


8 April, 2021, - Clay Rooftops and Stucco Façades - https://youtu.be/WSWIglcmA0Y


1 April, 2021, - Brooding Clouds over Gigha - https://youtu.be/OW86RgKzJ8g


18 March, 2021, - Sunrise over a Suffolk Sea - https://youtu.be/6EKXT-nNv80


16 March, 2021, - The View from Fivizzano (oils) - https://youtu.be/nr4u0NqvMBQ


11 March, 2021, - Capturing the Essence of Animals - https://youtu.be/GkK4kBVqFF4


2 March, 2021, - a Piazza in Fivizzano - https://youtu.be/PsvnmsqP_TU


11 February, 2021, - How to paint from photos - https://youtu.be/octSyKc5nIY


28 January 2021, - Boats at sunrise - https://youtu.be/A7BN2PPJyqU


21 January 2021, - Snowy village - https://youtu.be/DZ-P4JNuopw


14 January 2021, - Sunshine and shadows (acrylics) - https://youtu.be/fwercm-3iaI


7 January 2021, - Snowy road - https://youtu.be/c4qgfykV6-g


10 December 2020, - 'Whistle Stop' - https://youtu.be/7O7GVzKf8EU


12 November 2020, - An Autumn woodland walk - https://youtu.be/k3xzdp-0s9Q


29 October 2020, - Flowers in a vase - https://youtu.be/OCsTk3CjLt4


15 October 2020, - Cattle under a Suffolk sky - https://youtu.be/88WrSyxzkSU


24 September 2020, - Vernazza café scene - https://youtu.be/JuxGU5OGhP8


17 September 2020, - Lavalenet street market - https://youtu.be/7yg7i85QXPQ


10 September 2020, - Venice fish market - https://youtu.be/aTwJVWG8ALk


13 August 2020, - Milford Sound - https://youtu.be/66JVD0Vfzvo


5 August 2020, - Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons - https://youtu.be/IaDQxQg25VI


30 July 2020, - Figures on a beach - https://youtu.be/7v7MfBwqg3U


9 July 2020, - White house in Gozo - https://youtu.be/uHRQjdXit_k


9 July 2020, - White house in Gozo - https://youtu.be/uHRQjdXit_k


2 July 2020, - Market day in Le Marche - https://youtu.be/mw7ZZkvG6EM


25 June 2020, - Washing on the line - https://youtu.be/hF7GB1ZNJI4


11 June 2020, - Geese and a barn - https://youtu.be/Zt7X0AapeVY


To come: Italian Cooking, Watermill Style

In the Spring of 2021 we will be launching a series of cookery videos, introducing the menus from the watermill kitchen. Lois will be showing you how to prepare a range of nibbles, starters, main courses and puds – all with an Italian influence but with inimitable watermill style. This snippet shows you how to make focaccette or ‘little breads’ for you to serve warm with soup or with savoury fillings of your choice.


How to make focaccette or ‘little breads’ - https://vimeo.com/483978417


Happy cooking!