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August 2018 Lake District Expressive Pastel and Drawing Art Holiday

Last few places now remaining!

HF Holidays

Following the successes of several great art holidays with 'HF Holidays' another two exciting creative art holidays have been created for you for 2019 - one in Malhamdale, The Yorkshire Dales and one at Derwent Bank on the shores of Derwentwater in The Lake District. Both explore the immediate countryside by working directly out of doors in inspirational landscape settings.

HF Holidays we have over 100 years’ experience organising outdoor holidays and are Britain’s largest walking and outdoor leisure holiday specialists. You will be staying in beautiful top class Country Houses in both locations, all with wonderful scenery to be inspired by with exciting outdoor painting days taking you to beautiful painting locations by minibus (weather permitting).

Painting days in the studio on your first day on each holiday will help you to quickly get used to the media and art techniques you'll be doing outdoors for the rest of your week. A great relaxing art holiday with social evening entertainment in top class hotels will ensure a superb balance between a wonderful learning experience and great 'get away from it all' fun and rewarding popular HF Art Holidays! 

At Derwent Bank the lake and fells from the conservatory and terrace, as well as many of our 32 bedrooms and 5 double bedded chalets are something to behold. Derwentwater is one of my favorite lakes in Cumbria as wherever you are along the shoreline the views are never disappointing at at Derwent Bank they are spectacular! The delightful gardens and the lawn which slopes down to the lake jetty offer further splendid viewpoints to admire the magnificent setting that is Derwent Bank itself.

Painting directly outdoors during your exciting art week in wonderful scenic locations such as Watendlath at the end of the Borrowdale valley - a pretty village with a lovely tumbling mountain stream running through the small hamlet and also on the shoreline at Buttermere too later in the week, you will quickly become more confident as artists working outdoors (weather permitting) in lots of positive ways.

Suitable for improvers and artists who wish to become more expressive with their art and also become more experienced with pastel and mixed media drawing techniques too.

Outdoor pastel and charcoal painting and drawing experiences in the Lake District National Park taken to location by minibus (weather permitting). 
Walking up to 2 miles (3km) maximum carring equipment to two drawing locations so a reasonable level of fitness is needed.
Exciting and informative easy to follow art demonstrations on site and in the studio using pastels and/or charcoal
Regular one to one and group tuition throughout each day
A great 4 night short art holiday to get away from it all, relax, unwind and learn lots of different professional art techniques with international award winning UK pastelist Robert Dutton
Class numbers restricted to 12 students only to ensure maximum learning ability for all.

What you need to bring
Soft and hard pastels (any brand in a good range - Unisoncolour and Royal Talens Rembrandt Pastels highly recommended)
Pastel paper (Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' pastel paper highly recommended)
Fixative (NOT HAIR SPRAY) any brand
Masking tape and buldog clips to secure your paper to the board
An outdoor field easel (DON'T BRING ANY WOODEN ONES!). 'Trent' or 'Somerset' metal easels highly recommended
A large drawing board (IF YOU LIKE TO WORK LARGE). HF will provide an A3+ one for you if you want to work smaller
Your own favourite outdoor black and white or graphite sketching equipment - could even be watercolour kit if you preffer -
eg. charcoal, conte, black and white gouache, pen and ink, etc
Large brushes (your favourites) for any outdoor sketching and painting,
Paint pot, water container and pallette for outdoor painting (if required)
A back pack to put everything in
A small folding stool (or similar) if you do not want to stand to paint outdoors
Wet wipes and tissues
Your camera
A flask
Sketch pad - your own choice of paper and size for the media you choose to use outdoors.

How to book
To book your place contact HF Holidays Reservations on 0345 470 7538 (standard rate 020 8732 1250) 

To book online with HF Holidays please visit (Don't forget to use your booking code DBPPE4H)

HF Holidays Hotel 'Derwent Bank', Bank St, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

Further information
If in doubt about what to bring please contact me directly on 0113 2252481 or email me at with any queries. Thank you.
NOTE: Canson Mi-Tientes 'Touch' pastel paper can be provided to purchace as and when needed throughout the course (various colours) if you don't decide to bring your own.


Full board accomodation - £559.00


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