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A preview of our 2020 creative courses.

We will not be publishing full details of our 2020 courses on our Watermill website until September 2019, but if you would to reserve a place on one of the courses below, we are offering places on 2020 courses at 2019 prices.

Your hosts at the watermill, Italy

For more information, please select from the menu below, the Holiday preview that interests you and then choose the Tutor/Date that suits you best.
It's never too early to book a visit to the Watermill, We would love you to join us in 2020.

Your hosts at the wtaermill in Tuscany

Lois and Bill Breckon

 

Carl March

Carl March

Drawing and watercolours en plein air

Carl March, an English painter and printmaker, has studied in Milan and lived in Dubai: a truly international artist! Drawing and design are his passions and he likes to experiment with various drawing mediums, combining them with traditional watercolour painting processes to create distinctively subtle works.

Carl is also a great teacher. He says: “I love the genuine satisfaction in passing on my knowledge to others. Suddenly ‘the penny drops’ and it all makes sense. This surely must be the real reward for any teacher.”

 

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Grahame Booth

Grahame Booth

Watercolours

Grahame Booth paints only in watercolour and his success is reflected in the numerous awards he has won over many years. His YouTube channel now has more than 20,000 subscribers. Grahame only started to paint some 20 years ago, and, because he clearly remembers the problems of learning to master watercolours, he is a particularly sympathetic tutor, Painting en plein air, he will show you how to translate the landscape into watercolours full of light, excitement and impact. One previous student said: “Grahame can teach people of all levels and everyone learns and improves. Most importantly it’s always fun.”

 

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Steve Griggs

Steve Griggs

Watercolours

Steve Griggs‘ love of watercolour started in elementary school, when his mother purchased his first 'real' watercolour set with six tubes of paint! He later graduated from Michigan State University in the USA with a BA in Studio Art and then attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Although he occasionally dabbles in other media, watercolour has always been Steve’s artistic first love. Over the years he has developed a free and energetic style. He loves teaching and encouraging others to become freer with their paintings too. Steve not only enjoys painting and teaching, he is also an avid learner, always pushing himself to grow and evolve.

 

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Brienne M Brown

Brienne M Brown

Watercolours

Brienne M Brown, from Pennsylvania in the USA, is passionate about watercolour and plein air painting. She says: “I find beauty in everyday life. Each painting reminds me of where I was, the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met … and I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”

Using strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes, Brienne will show you how to bring excitement into your paintings. No experience in watercolour painting is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

 

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Kathy Karas

Kathy Karas

Watercolours

Kathy Karas is an Australian artist living in New South Wales. While she paints in all mediums, she has a passion for watercolour. She says. “The fluidity and the beauty of watercolour washes truly make my heart sing. I love seeing my students achieve this magic in their painting, too, guided by my tuition. I realise that one of the reasons I became an artist was to share the years I spent in honing my painting skills so that others can experience the joy of painting.”

 

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Sandra Strohschein

Sandra Strohschein

Watercolours

Sandra Strohschein, from Michigan, USA, has achieved an extraordinary mastery of her medium, transparent watercolours. She works in a fast, loose impressionistic style, but above all, she produces passionate, emotionally charged paintings, full of energy.

As for her teaching, people frequently tell her about how much fun they have on her workshops and how nobody ever wants them to end. A painting guest on her course at the mill said: "Watching your demonstrations was such an education and your kind and patient individual help was invaluable."

 

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Randy Hale

Randy Hale

Watercolours

Randy Hale is an exciting watercolour painter from Colorado in United States. As well as his workshops in the USA, he has taken painting groups all over the world. After a successful business career, he returned to his first love, watercolour painting. (He was taught by James Green, a founder member of the California School of Watercolor.) But his true passion proved to be to be in sharing his knowledge: enjoying the excitement of travel with fellow painters, helping them to create expressive paintings to enrich their experience. One of his students said: “He knows his stuff and he knows how to teach! Best watercolor instructor I have ever had!”

 

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Vicki Norman

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours (and other mediums)

English painting tutor Vicki Norman specialises in painting on location. She will teach primarily in oils and watercolours, but is happy to help with other mediums, too. Vicki has been teaching professionally for more than 15 years and offers plenty of help and individual attention.

Vicki’s paintings seek to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour and play of the light. A comment from a previous guest: “An excellent painting and holiday week Vicki was very good as a teacher and an inspiration due to her paintings.”

 

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Tony White

Tony White

‘Simple, Strong and Striking Watercolours’

Tony White is a watercolour artist from Newcastle, Australia, who specialises in landscape painting in a traditional impressionistic style, with a strong emphasis on light and atmosphere. Tony’s workshop is designed to take the edge off the often-daunting, maddening world of watercolour painting, focusing on tone, composition and above all, FUN.

Tony says: “We’ll be producing simple, strong and striking scenes, featuring the surrounding landscape. As well as en plein air painting at lovely locations there’ll be pre-prepared exercises in the bright and airy Watermill studio.”

 

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Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Acrylics, oils, pastels and charcoal

Catherine Hamilton, from Victoria, Australia, is a colourist whose art is bold, vibrant and full of energy. She works in various mediums, pushing their boundaries with new techniques to produce unusual effects: “I paint using pastel, oils or acrylic and draw in charcoal. My method of working is both innovative and experimental: an artwork turns into a creative journey and often I have no idea of how it will finish.”

Catherine is also an inspiring and exciting tutor. She will show you how to see with a painter’s eye.

 

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Mark Warner

Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel

Mark Warner, from Shropshire, England, is not only a respected artist, but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience. Mark leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment. Mark loves working outside, experimenting with colour, light and line: “I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) and from sketches created outside as well as notes/photographs taken on location.”

Sketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: “This is important in the development of a piece and often forms an integral part of the painting itself.”

 

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Terry Jarvis

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (& oils, pastels and acrylics)

Terry Jarvis is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists. The son of a goldminer, he was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals. Terry also works in oils, pastels and acrylics and is happy to teach in those mediums too. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their skills.

A comment from a guest on Terry’s previous course here: “Terry Jarvis was superb with people, very positive and very relaxed. I’ve been on painting holidays before and learned nothing, but Terry was great.”

 

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Mike Willdridge

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

Mike Willdridge works and in a wide range of media and is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor, often encouraging his students to be bold and to take chances. His classes are always light-hearted and fun, with the ‘teaching’ tailored to individual needs. He will concentrate on watercolours, but is also happy to help with gouache and acrylics too.

Mike constantly uses a sketchbook and will encourage you to do the same. A comment from a previous guest: “A wonderful holiday... you were generous and friendly hosts and Mike was an excellent painting tutor.”

 

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Rebecca de Mendonça

Rebecca de Mendonça

Pastels

Pastellist Rebecca de Mendonça’s unique style is the result of a varied career in the arts. After gaining her degree in Theatre Design, she worked on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall to the Phantom of the Opera and has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet and actors in West End shows.

Rebecca’s friendly and generous approach to teaching helps her students to relax and really achieve their potential. Subject matter varies: people, portraits, animals, landscapes, still life and architecture, but whatever the subject, Rebecca feels that pastels can capture its life, emotion and energy.

 

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Maggie Renner Hellmann

Maggie Renner Hellmann

‘Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels

Maggie Renner Hellmann, from California, USA, paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant colour.

Her workshop will cover oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing, sketching mediums including wax pastels and watercolour. Maggie says: “In this plein air workshop, we will paint in various spectacular Tuscan locations. Our emphasis will be on learning and practicing the core elements of successful paintings.” A comment on Maggie’s last course here: “Excellent accommodation, first class cuisine, wonderful company and outstanding art tuition.”

 

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Milind Mulick

Milind Mulick

‘Colourful watercolours’

Milind Mulick is a watercolour artist from Pune in India, famous in his own country and, increasingly, worldwide, for his atmospheric watercolours. He’s been painting in watercolours for more than 30 years, his artistic journey beginning in childhood following his father, also a painter. As well as being influenced by British watercolourists, Milind has absorbed the styles of Indian artists too.

Miland has been teaching for many years: “Teaching gives me great pleasure: I love meeting new people and helping them realise their artistic potential.” A student says: “Milind is a great watercolour painter. He is also a very good art teacher!”

 

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Tim Wilmot

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

Tim Wilmot is an artist from Bristol in the UK, specialising in watercolours, exploiting the medium with tone and light. He particularly likes painting landscapes in a loose or impressionistic style.

Tim is also an inspiring teacher. His course is suitable for all levels, and he’ll help you to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape, as well as nurturing you own artistic ambitions. One of last year’s guests said: “Unrivalled hospitality and total good fun. I love Tim Wilmot’s style.”

 

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Sarah Hazell

Course Information to follow

Knitting and La Bella Vita

 

Information about our 2020 Knitting courses will follow.

At present, there are no knitting holidays planned for 2020. When we finalise our schedules for this year we will update this section appropriately.

Watch this space!

 

 

Francesca La Sala

Langues Services and Francesca La Sala

Italian Language

This exciting language course is suitable for all levels of ability, because of the special approach of the Langues Services language school in Florence. Its philosophy and method are inspired by the work of Professor Bertrand Schwartz of Paris University, the educationalist who overturned the concept of teaching to adults, proposing an approach that develops not only theoretical knowledge but practical know-how as well. Your tutor Francesca La Sala loves meeting people of all ages and cultures. She is also a nature lover and a cognoscente of Lunigiana, the land of her forefathers surrounding the Watermill.

 

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Jo Parfitt

Jo Parfitt

Write the stories of your life

Jo, a highly experienced writer and teacher, will give you the tools to write the stories of your life in a vivid and engaging way. She'll explain how to find your writer’s ‘voice’, about writing in themes; developing your characters so your readers can 'meet' them, too; and how to let your writing flow, particularly when looking back and writing about things that may have happened a long time ago. Among other things, you'll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories and put this into practice right away. There'll also be lots of time for writing exercises and feedback.

 

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