September 2018 Expressive mixed media in The Lake District
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.
With beautiful Lakeland scenery surrounding Higham Hall there is much to inspire the artist, particularly with all the superb glowing colours at Autumn in this beautiful unspoilt part of the Northern lakes surrounding Higham Hall.
Venturing outdoors (weather permitting) to be amongst the Lakeland landscape, we will paint and sketch the stunning lakeside views and mountains from iconic and dramatic view points not far from Higham Hall. This will include Honister Pass and Buttermere Lake with all the stunning colours carpeting the mountain sides - so inspirational whatever media we take!
With relaxed and friendly (yet structured) mixed media painting days at Higham Hall and on location, you will learn lots of new and exciting art techniques throughout your expressive painting art holiday. You will see the landscape in a new light, greater depth and meaning and create great art in doing so - I guarantee it!
The media planned to be used is watercolour, gouache, pastel and acrylic inks in different combinations but you my wish to bring your own media to learn more art skills in use. Whatever you feel you'd like further tuition with (not oils though please) to fit within the remit of the art course, please do. There are plenty of one to one sessions throughout the week to benefit from together with the main teaching sessions using specific media.
A relaxed and friendly atmosphere encouraging a great learning experience
Group and one to one teaching sessions throughout the week
Suitable for artists with some painting experience (sorry, not suitable for pure beginners as the art techniques taught may be too advanced)
Full board art holiday staying in top class accommodation in an inspirational setting with great food!
Some studio evening demonstrations between sociable and friendly evening get togethers
Fully equipped and modern studio for indoor painting experiences - metal easels, drawing boards and lightweight stools for outdoor use
Great local subjects to paint with like minded artists
Suitable for artists with some experience or those who wish to develop bold big brush techniques to give their work impact, this contemporary mixed media art holiday will help you develop your painting style in new and exciting ways using many different inspirational subjects and media in a fun packed week at Higham Hall.
With places limited to 12 students only early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
Class numbers restricted to 12 to ensure maximum learning potential for all students.
For further information and to book please contact the administration team on
Tel: 017687 76276
Office hours 09:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH
Full board to include 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