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Online sessions from The Watermill at Posara

The Watermill’s series of online, interactive painting sessions are extremely successful in bringing hundreds of people together to paint along with our inspiring Watermill tutors. We have participants from all over the world creating a truly international ‘virtual’ community of like-minded people enjoying an inspiring and relaxing time in each other’s company.

We shall be starting up the sessions again in the autumn of 2023 and run through until the spring of 2024. We would love you to come and join us. We will update this page regularly as more details become available

Our forthcoming online sessions

Currently there are no online courses, please visit again as we will be regularly updating this page as more details become available.

When you register for an online session 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.

Paintings of the french market
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..

Happy painting!

Purchase a Watermill's online video box set

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

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, with Mike Willdridge. As Mike says: "You really only learn to paint by PAINTING," and these videos help you do just that.

These unique 'box sets' comprise the edited online sessions from Mike Willdridge's 'virtual' weeks at the mill, with different scenes for each week.. There are seven separate videos for each box set, one for each venue including sketching in Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Lucca in the second week). 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!"


Archived painting videos

We have archived most of the previous sessions in watercolour and you can see them by subscribing to our YouTube channel, WatermillatPosara. 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.