Could you go from The Watermill to the Royal Academy?

Since 1769, without interruption, the Royal Academy in London has held its famous Summer Exhibition each year. The 2013 show runs from 10 June until 18 August and, as usual, will be open to all artists. With around 1,200 works of art on show, there are always a good number of pieces from first-time exhibitors – as well as from already-established, famous artists.

With applications closed for 2013, you may have missed the boat for this year’s exhibition but, head to The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany, perfect your painting skills and, who knows, you could be exhibiting in 2014!

Aimed at all levels, from amateurs to the experienced, The Watermill’s week-long painting courses are all led by professional artists and the group and one-to-one tuition is interspersed with excursions into the surrounding countryside and delicious Italian food. Paint in picturesque hill-top villages, sketch scenery in an artists’ pad and find inspiration in every direction, including the Watermill’s pretty waterside gardens.

Here is a selection of week-long painting courses which still have availability this year:

NEW for 2013: Sue Ford – watercolours, pastels, gouache and oils (24 – 31 August 2013): a contributor to Leisure Painter and Paint! Magazines, Sue teaches in a wide range of media, including paints such as watercolours, oils and gouache, and pastels. Ensuring that all students benefit – regardless of their experience – Sue offers demonstrations and tuition, dishing out practical advice about materials and technique.

Laraine Simpson – watercolours, oils, pastels and other media (31 August – 7 September 2013): returning in 2013 for her sixth visit to the Watermill, Laraine’s courses, which focus on a wide range of media, are always popular. Friendly and approachable, Laraine provides students with constant encouragement, helping them to appreciate the relationships between line, tone, shape and colour.

NEW for 2013: Bev Wells – watercolours (14 – 21 September 2013): a great believer in teaching people in a step-by-step way, Bev always explains what she does and why – passing on what she’s thinking about as she paints. Once she’s established what everyone wants to gain from the course, she’ll do her utmost to ensure it happens – adapting the tuition to everyone’s needs.

Charles Sluga – watercolours (28 September – 5 October 2013): Australian artist Charles is a flamboyant and highly-respected watercolour artist and teacher in both Australia and Europe.  He travels widely, holding painting workshops and exhibiting, and has made a number of previous visits to The Watermill. With a good sense of humour and a friendly nature, his classes are always relaxed, informal and inspiring.

A week’s painting course costs from £1,236 pp (two sharing). The price includes transfers (Pisa), all tuition, seven nights’ accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including local restaurants), local travel and a mid-week excursion to either Lucca or the Cinque Terre villages. Non-painting partners pay just £1,036 pp. Flights (Pisa) extra.

For further information contact The Watermill at Posara on 020 7193 6246