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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:


A 'virtual' week at the mill ....

... Mike Willdridge     Mainly watercolour     2.30pm (UK time) every day from Saturday 28 November to Friday 4 December 2020     Registration fee of £70.

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Randy Hale     Painting negative shapes     Watercolours     4pm (UK time) on Thursday 10 December 2020     Registration on donation.

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Rebecca de Mendonça     A snowy Winter scene     Pastels     2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 17 December 2020     Registration on donation     Link to come


Mike Willdridge     Boats     Watercolours     2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 7 January 2020     Registration on donation     Link to come


Sue Ford     'Morning sun', Verrucola     Pastels     2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 14 January 2020     Registration on donation     Link to come


Mike Willdridge     Winter scene     Watercolours     2.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 21 January 2020     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! Also, if you prefer to donate other than by credit card or by PayPal, please just ask and we can arrange for you to donate by direct bank transfer.

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 watercoour 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 for the daily worries of these times.

Happy painting!

Archived painting videos

We have archived most of Mike’s previous sessions 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.


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