Workshops    The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany July 2023

01.07.23 to 08.07.23

I am conducting a one week painting course in Tuscany, Italy, at The Watermill at Posara 1 to 8 July 2023.


This will be a fabulous experience for everyone, I am sure!

I will be demonstrating in watercolour. You are welcome to use the painting media of your choice - watercolour, gouache, acrylics or oils (please note that airport security in Australia may not allow oil paints on the plane). Easels are provided. We will paint outdoors in the beauty spots at The Watermill, and in the surrounds.


Information and bookings - please click on this link to The Watermill at Posara website, and contact the hosts directly:  Or contact me direclty: and I will send you the flyer.




Image: The Watermill at Posara 


Here is extended promotional text on the painting course:

Watercolour en plein air

Mark Dober is plein-air painter, in watercolours and oils, from the State of Victoria,
Australia. His work is a response to being in the landscape. He says: “The beauty of
nature inspires me, but also a sense of its strangeness. My work expresses both
belonging and otherness. I seek to convey immediacy and a sense of the
experiential in my work, hence the necessity of working on site.” Mark regularly
exhibits in commercial galleries as well as in Australia’s comprehensive network of
public galleries.
As a talented artist known in Australia’s contemporary art world, Mark’s plein-air
workshops are in high demand. His teaching encourages close observation that
allows for the expressive use of colour and a contrast of broad washes with gestural
mark making.

Mark will demonstrate in watercolour, though students may choose to use or try
other painting media – gouache, acrylics and oils. He will proceed step by step,
increasingly giving individual attention to each artist’s work. Mark will show you how
to look for a point of emphasis, how to create a composition and build your painting
in stages, and how to attend to negative and positive shapes.

Mark will show you strategies for dealing with the changing light. You will be shown
how to deal with edges as the work moves to completion.
Each day’s painting will end with a show and tell and wrap up of everyone’s work.
Mark’s workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

You can see Mark’s art work and read interviews with the artist by visiting his


Justine Siedle, Melbourne. October 2021
I have found Mark Dober to be an inspirational tutor. He has a wealth of knowledge about
plein air painting and shares his knowledge generously. No matter what skill level you have
he can give you the confidence and encouragement to put paint to (surface/canvas/paper) in a
way which is fresh and exciting. 

Sophia Xeros-Constantinides, Melbourne, October 2021
As part of a painting group working outdoors in Melbourne during November and December
2020, I enjoyed and benefited from Mark’s friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable
approach to teaching painting. 
Mark taught both beginners and experienced artists, assisting with drawing, composition,
process, tone, palette and colour. He regularly demonstrated to the group, explaining the
thinking behind his approach and decisions. Group Crits were an important part of the

I learnt a great deal and enjoyed exploring my creativity with the group under Mark Dober’s
watchful eye. 
I highly recommend Mark as a plein air painting teacher!

Roslyn Fry, Melbourne, October 2021
I have participated in many of Mark Dober’s workshops ,which I have enjoyed immensely.
Mark’s affinity with nature shows in his paintings. He is able to see an intensity of colour and
variety of shapes in the landscape that would ordinarily be overlooked. I With Mark’s
guidance I love to draw out these characteristics in my paintings.
I am very proud of the works I have created with Mark, and have some of them hanging on
my walls.
I highly recommend Mark Dober for anyone wishing to participate in an enjoyable and very
rewarding en plein air experience.

Sally Anderson, Maldon, Victoria, November 2021
Mark is an excellent teacher and very professional in his approach. I love working with Mark
as he shares all his knowledge on many levels, his experience in the field is extraordinary as
he teaches colour mixing and painting what you see in a confident inclusive class.
His colour range is extraordinary and I keep going back to Marks classes regularly as I
always learn more. 

Fiona Kostidis, Darwin, Northern Territory, November 2021
Mark's teaching gave me the confidence to paint plein air in my early part of my artistic
career. The plein-air locations were thoughtfully chosen, and Mark discussed all aspects of
plein air painting: from materials and packing for location, choice of location and subject
matter, techniques and approaches to plein air. I enjoyed the lively discussions about history
and context of art that he facilitated, and most of all benefitted from the feedback at the end
of the classes which has helped me reflect on ways to understand art and improve my art.
Aside from being a talented artist, Mark is approachable and knowledgeable and passionate
about all aspects of plein air painting. I really wish I could continue the classes, but sadly
now I live too far away.