Robert Dutton Fine Art Robert Dutton contemporary fine art

0113 225 2481

December 2017 Higham Hall studio mixed media painting break

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Higham Hall, Cumbria

The stunning location at Higham Hall offers a unique ‘country retreat’ atmosphere. Just a stone's throw from the historic market town of Cockermouth and very close to Bassenthwaite Lake, Higham Hall is well placed to explore the dramatic landscape in the Western Lakes.

Complete with an on-site well equipped and modern studio, Higham Hall offers a perfect base for your enjoyable painting holidays, which explore both studio based painting workshops and fun en-plein air painting experiences.


Suitable for students with some painting ability, this fantastic studio based art holiday in the unspoilt Western fells of The Lake District is sure to inspire! You will learn lots of new and exciting creative techniques with many different media and learn how to create great expressive mixed media landscape paintings PROPERLY from start to finish.

The art hoilday is very much based upon the 'experimental', letting paint flow with your ideas with a 'no holes bared' approach usiung big brushes, poured and dripped paint with exciting mark making techniques on a large and small scale. Many of the techniques written about regularly in 'The Artist' magazine (which I regularly contribute to) will be explored and further developed with you in this really exciting art week.

Please note:
Normally at higham Hall we go out into the landscape - not this week! This is a unique studio only mixed media art week and as such has been created to help you to really concentrate on using all sorts of ideas you want throughout the creative art week so each piece (pretty much) is develop into finished pieces of work ready for show!

What media?
Bring your own favourite media (but not oils) to paint and draw with if you wish.
I will be teaching you creative mixed media skills with oil pastels, XL Blocks, Inktense, soft pastels, watercolour/gouache, acrylic inks  and acrylics together with charcoal and black and white mixed media during your art holiday - whatever media you want extra tuition with, bring it!

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere encouraging a great learning experience 
Suitable for artists with some painting ability who want to explore particular media indepth!
Luxury full board art holiday staying in top quality accommodation
Great accommodation and food!
Some studio evening demonstrations between sociable and friendly evening get togethers 
Fully equipped and modern studio for indoor painting experiences

How to book

With places limited to 14 students only early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment on this unique art holiday which most certainly is - value for money!

For further information and to book please contact the administration team on 017687 76276

Office hours 09:00 to 17:00

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH.

Further information

For further information about what to bring or to discuss any aspect about the art holiday please call me on 0113 2252481. Thank you.

If you have Amsterdam acrylic sray paints  - bring them! if not, watch in demo how they are creatively used in the createive contemporary painting approach.
Do you have any liquid graphite? Well, bring that too as i'll show you how to use it to best effect!


Full board accommodation - £520.00

Non-residential - £370.00


I have had some time to think over the course you ran, and I'm still of the opinion that it was pretty much excellent - enthusiastic, individually tailored, aspirational. I'd like to thank you for the considerable effort you clearly put into it, and for the inspiration that I got out of it.- DR - Sunderland

I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and I was pleased with my first attempt at a pastel landscape with a lot of help and guidance from you! It was a revelation to me to learn this new freer technique and I am keen to do further workshops and residential art breaks with you. Thanks so much Robert- RC – Pickering

Wanted to thank you for a fabulous course at Higham Hall over last weekend. I have learnt so much from you, though I think I am still processing most of it. Woke up this morning to a whole new world of colour spectrum, dark darks, lightest lights and chromatics- CG – Northumberland

You won't even be home yet, but this is to say again, thank you so much on behalf of us all for such a brilliant workshop. You did exactly what it said on the tin, a fun, inspirational day, well taught. Great!! Thanks for your words of wisdom at the end. I've just looked at the photos and am so impressed by all our work.- VS – North Yorkshire

Your presentation was inspirational, informative as well as humorous. As a result, I believe that some Club members and some of the visitors (of whom there were quite a few) will again take up their pastels based on your demo. Thanks Robert!- MR – Leeds, West Yorkshire

Thank you for your interesting and informative demonstration this morning. I have never really tried pastels so I found your talk and style of working most interesting. I am sure that I will give them a try, having seen how you produced such a bright, lively picture in such a short space of time – teaching us all the way through! - DR - Leeds, West Yorkshire

Thanks again for a wonderful course. Truly inspiring. Looking forward to next time!- PD – Castleford, West Yorkshire

A very successful art break Robert and great interaction between everyone. I learnt so much and had a really fabulous time! Thanks- HP – Humberside

The feedback so far to your workshop with us has been great. A really successful, informative day and of you being very energetic, full of enthusiasm and ideas for making imagery using pastels. Come back soon! - DC – North Yorkshire

Thank you so much for the seascape workshop. As I am a beginner in landscape, I was a little apprehensive about attending, but I need not have worried. You are always so patient and kind. I cannot believe how much I have learnt from you already.- BW – North Yorkshire

Thanks so much for todays workshop. It was so wonderful, I enjoyed every minute. Hope to enjoy the experience of another of your courses again VERY SOON!- JF – North Yorkshire

I was inspired by your art, teaching, energy and enthusiasm. I admired the way your work was an expression of your love for the landscape and environment, underpinned by true understanding, knowledge, skill and of course…bags of talent!- CG – Northumberland

This was a very good 'art' day and produced good results with hands on demo and useful tips enjoyed by everyone.- Margaret Smith, Scotton Art Group

Robert's friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging manner brought out the best in our members by instilling, making painting fun and inspirational.- Angela McCall, York Art Society

Robert's workshops are informative with excellent teaching skills and techniques. Well structured and implemented. He relates really well with his students in a very positive way. - Hilary Holroyd, Poppleton Art Society, York

Robert is a very inspiring artist and gives a lot of information, hints and tips in a great way. His use of colour and drawing skills are superb!- Brenda Cooper, Alwoodley Art Group, Leeds

You did a pastel workshop for us which was enjoyed by all who took part. I received a lot of good comments about how much everyone learned from you and requests too for another one in the future!- Pat Jaques, Stockport Art Guild

I've been on many of Robert's art classes over the years and every time he inspires me. He is always encouraging and has shown me how to work through the difficulties in a painting rather than giving up and starting again! A fab tutor! - Helen Patterson (Harrogate)

Great teaching, good company, felt like I got a lot from this great art holiday with Robert- Katy Fortune

Great fun - hysterical at times! So much information and advice - you are a fab teacher Robert...just like I have said before Robert! - Alison Smith

Had a fantastic time. learned a lot of new skills and techniques. Lovely bunch of folk and a great art teacher!! Thanks- Anne Johnstone

Inspirational and entertaining. I feel really motivated to work in a freer more impressionistic style now! Great company, food, accommodation and wonderful painting locations. Will recommend this course thoroughly. Thanks very much!!- Nicky Pritchard

Really appreciate all your hard work and enthusiasm - best course I have been on! Thanks for completely looking after us - Doreen

A great course - so helpful. Hope to see you again soon- Maureen

Tops course, excellent tutor full of humour and knowledge. Inspiring!- Anne

A great course with an inspirational tutor and an enjoyable stay in beautiful surroundings- Peter

An entertaining course, leaving us with plenty to think about and a tutor who passes on masses of useful information on acrylics and mixed media techniques.- Wendy and Noeline

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