Watermill painting tutor Pamme Turner


Pamme Turner

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Painting by watermill tutor Pamme Turner


Watercolor on Arches rag paper. 12 “ x 16”.

This painting was so much fun to paint—and as I sat by the canal bridge—which was a gondola tourist route—I heard the gondoliers tell their stories about the famous bridges and canals of Venice. Not one gondolier had the same story! I love to paint the iron railings of Venice--a great detail for any painting of the famous city. The lady in pink crossed the bridge for a moment and then was gone—but the Italian flag is the star of the painting!

Painting by Pamme Turner a tutor at the watermill in Italy

“Selfie at the Venice Fish Market”

Watercolor on Arches rag paper. 12” x 16”.

Figures posing with their cell phone is an ever-present image these days—and even in my painting! I was intrigued by this very retro 1940’s - looking tourist taking her cell phone selfie and also shooting some Instagram photos at the vegetable and fruit market outside the famous Rialto Fish Market—once again, in Venice. With its trademark red and green curtains to block the afternoon sun, it is a landmark to paint plein air, in all seasons. Beautiful antique columns, architecture, and light and shadow, too.

Painting tutor at the watermill in Italy Pamme Turner

"Guidecca Canal"

Watercolou on Hahnemuhle WC paper. 12” x 16”

While traveling the canals in Venice, this little sailboat caught my eye, with its lovely, polished wood and French Ultramarine-blue sailcloth--made me think of some of the works of John Singer Sargent. I found a nice shade spot and finished the piece on location--the soft yellow ochre of the canal home in the distance was a perfect color contrast for this little gem of a boat. So much fun to paint this one!

Painting tutor Pamme Turner at the watermill in Italy

"Mountain Cottage/Monte dei Bianchi"

Watercolor on Arches paper ( 9 1/2" x 12”)

This little cottage looked almost abandoned, much loved--and was just asking to be painted! It had a wonderful old grape arbor and clothesline for my texture brushstrokes--and the Italian mountains in the background shimmered a soft Cobalt blue shade-mix in the summer warmth. This village and surroundings is one of my favorite Watermill painting locations--a quiet,serene setting full of wildflowers, a beautiful church and gorgeous stone walls.

Course dates

Saturday 24 August to Saturday 31 August 2024


Watercolours and gouache

In this week-long painting workshop, students will learn how to:

  • Paint with both transparent and/or opaque art mediums “en plein air”, with an emphasis on beautiful watercolor techniques!
  • Create successful COMPOSITIONS for both plein air and studio painting
  • Create successful VALUE STUDIES which translate into strong watercolor or gouache paintings
  • Understand LIGHT, SHADOW and ATMOSPHERE as it applies to outdoor painting
  • Understand and adapt specialized drawing skills for watercolor and gouache painting
  • Adapt strong details and simple figures in your watercolor and/or gouache paintings
  • Create Pamme’s Essential ”Watercolor Art Notebook” with specialized art-note taking techniques (you will use these learned techniques for many future projects!)

This workshop is designed for beginners through to professional painters and designed to get you painting with great techniques and with confidence! After my two (2) instructional demos each day, we will be painting together outdoors at the Watermill and on location during the week, weather permitting. In inclement weather, painting days will be held in the studio or indoor locations.

All artists/levels are welcome!


As a professional artist with BFA/MFA degrees in Fine Arts and technical expertise in multiple and diverse art mediums, Pamme Turner is an art professor and former EI Department Chair of Fine and Liberal Arts at Saddleback College in Southern California. Her teaching expertise includes classes in Beginning through Advanced Watercolor and Oil/Acrylic Painting, Plein Air Painting, Intermediate/Advanced Studio Painting, Life Drawing, Ceramics and Art History.

She has lived and taught fine arts classes and art workshops all over the world -- including in art schools, colleges, and in museums and universities on the East and West coasts (US), at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach, California; in Mexico (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende); in Spain, Italy and Greece and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as teaching numerous study abroad/ plein air painting workshops worldwide, most recently in Cuba.

She lived and worked for over four years on the Greek island of Paros at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, teaching Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/Ceramics, Art History and Greek Folkloric Dance. Her watercolors, gouache and egg tempera paintings, drawings and ceramics are included in museum collections and numerous exhibitions and private collections worldwide.

Her work has been exhibited in national and international venues, including in NYC, Los Angeles and Athens, Greece. She says: “Every day, my changing environment, either on location or in the studio, teaches me a unique artist’s lesson…to observe and react, not to preconceive the medium, method or outcome, to evaluate, interpret, focus and respond and…ultimately, to stay out of my own creative way.”

For more information visit Pamme’s “traveling artist” blog and her artist website:


Pamme’s philosophy: “I live my life as an artist and there is no art medium which is off-limits - I am fascinated by the creative art-making process and encourage my students to experience that same joy in all of their works.”

“I have always seen my own art as an organic process—riding the concept of creation as if it were a wave, never knowing exactly where it will crash, break or eventually flow. Whether working with watercolor, egg tempera, gouache, oil paint, watercolor pencils, mixed media, ink, or clay, my reaction to art mediums remains enthusiastically the same.” And on her teaching, Pamme says: “I am a “hands-on” instructor and my greatest joy is helping students get to be better painters/artists, both in the studio and on location. My teaching methods are all about making art connections and achieving personal growth for my students — and having each student leave a class or workshop with much more information about how to make their art better and more satisfying than they had before!

“All my teaching is about that “important takeaway” — what is the one thing that you can learn to do in a workshop or class to change and improve your art today--and I make sure that in each session, my students understand and practice and implement the teaching topic of the day. I want my students to have personal success in all their painting sessions and leave with a feeling of accomplishment and time well-spent.”

Comments from previous students

“Thanks so much for incredible workshop; it was inspiring, educational and more educational than a whole college semester! And so much more fun!” MS

“What a great time with you and painting again. Many thanks! You are so vivid as an artist and teacher, teaching what you love!” CS

“Your workshop rocked. I can hardly wait until the next one.” SS

“Thanks so much Pamme. I’m so enjoying learning about the history of paints, etc. Your painting classes and workshops are the best !!” NN

“I love your watercolor classes. You are a notch (or two or three) above most of the other teachers. I am very interested in your workshops as well as travel adventures/workshops, so please let me know once you have some offerings. Thanks so much!” LT

“You know how much we love your art and your teaching!” MF

It was always such a joy to be in your classes and learn from your vast background of knowledge and experience, as well as experience the enthusiasm you have toward the arts and creativity.