The Watermill at Posara Italy

Line-up of painting and creative writing courses for 2013

Five brand-new courses, both painting and creative writing – including The Watermill’s first crime fiction writing course – have been announced for 2013.

Suitable for all abilities, courses are held at The Watermill, a beautiful, picture-perfect, restored 17th century grain, chestnut and olive mill in rural, north-west Tuscany.

Here are the five new courses in 2013:

• California-based Tom Schaller (1-8 June 2013) worked for 20 years as an architect and architectural artist and is now a full-time watercolourist.
• Artist Joanne Boon Thomas (8-15 June 2013) hopes to share her excitement at the unpredictability of watercolours, inspiring other artists to realise the hidden talents they possess.
• British artist Sue Ford (24-31 August 2013) will be sharing her extensive mixed-media skills, and aiming to stretch all students regardless of their ability.
• Bev Wells (14-21 September 2013) focuses on teaching a methodical step-by-step approach to watercolour painting and places a strong emphasis on colour.
• Popular thriller novelist Meg Gardiner will be leading The Watermill’s first crime writing course (5-12 October 2013), which will cover the essentials needed to write a bestselling thriller: from building up tension and creating a memorable villain, right through to getting your work published.

The programme also features some of The Watermill’s most popular painting tutors including the Brazilian artist Fábio Cembranelli, Australian watercolourist Charles Sluga and British artist John Christian, celebrated for his ‘wet-into-wet’ technique. On the writing front, there are also two memoir-writing courses with author Jo Parfitt, plus a romance-writing week with Mills & Boon author Sharon Kendrick.

Using the local surroundings as inspiration – with trips out into the countryside and to nearby villages – guests enjoy superb regional cuisine, influenced by Tuscany and the neighbouring regions of Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. Vegetables come from The Watermill’s own garden, and fresh local produce is used wherever possible, including local hams and cheeses. Popular dishes include tagliatelle with mushrooms, Tuscan porchetta, chicken involtini, amaretto mousse ice cream and homemade tiramisù.

A week’s painting or creative writing course in 2013 costs from £1,236 pp based on 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 visit to either Lucca or the Cinque Terre villages. Non-painting partners pay just £1,036 pp. Flights (Pisa) extra. Courses booked before 31 December cost from £1,149 pp, saving £87 pp.

Contact The Watermill at Posara on 020 7193 6246; or