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February ‘20 Higham Hall ‘Bright colours in a dark month’ Inktense short break

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.

'Bright colours in a dark month' 
Tuesday 4 February - Friday 7 February 2020


This short break art holiday gives artists the ideal opportunity to explore Derwent's Inktense blocks on Canson's Moulin du Roy paper, (all provided) utilising Robert's expressive use of colour using this very different media on top quality watercolour paper. It's always amazing what we can be created in a relative short time on this great painting break!

Derwent Inktense is a very different media and a popular one amongst artists of different levels of ability too. Portable, lightweight, versatile and inspirational are just some of the atributes this brand new media is described as being. With 72 different colours in the entire range which have been professionally introduced recently to the market by The Lake District company from Keswick 'Derwent', Inktense blocks allow the artist to both draw and paint with them at the same time with techniques akin to pastel painting and water media techniques within the same painting.

Robert is a leading Associate Artist for Derwent, chosen for his creative and award winning art techniques usng select Derwent products which Include Inktense (amongst others) to create richly layered expressive paintings filled with colour, atmosphere and above all, a sence of place with an expressive edge. Working in the studion and outdoors (weather permitting) Robert will guide every student through each and every step using Derwent Inktense teaching you lots of creative skills with this exciting media to create your very own eye catching paintings.

'This try before you buy' short break provides artists with more than just an insight into the world of Derwent Inktense creativity but allows you to use 24 of Derwents exciting Inktense colours and pencils (provided by Higham Hall for use during your workshop only) to get a real feel for the media with an expert artist who uses them regularly, without the initial capital outlay for the media when working solo and expensive trial and error you'd have to go through if working on your own. 

(Sorry, not suitable for pure beginners as the art techniques taught may be too advanced).

What's included
24 Derwent Inktense sticks (one set per student for use during the course)
Several sets of 24 Inktense coloured pencils (group share) for use during the course
Canson Moulin du Roy 'not' 300gsm (140lb) top quality watercolour paper (one half imperial sized sheet per student each day) for your indoor and outdoor painting studies*
Tea and coffee as light refreshments provided at regular breaks
Expert tuition from Robert - group and one to one on regular basis
Regular demonstrations, one to one and group tuition
Fully equipped modern studio on site at Higham Hall for painting days indoors
Full board with excellent food and drink
Afternoon and morning coffee breaks with light refreshments, cake and buscuits provided
Regular group, one to one and plenty of easy follow demonstrations each and every day

*If you require more than one 1/2 imperial sheet of watercolour paper per day you can purchase from Robert at discount prices £2.50 half sheet £5 full sheet

What you need to bring
Your favourite watercolour brushes - the larger the better 
Masking medium and an old brush or similar to apply it
Kitchen roll or absorbant cloths
Masking tape, bulldog clips
Large plastic bag or similar to protect/cover your half imperial sized work when working outdoors
A medium size backpack in which to put your things when working outdoors
Good boots, hat, gloves, raincoat and warm clothing etc for working outdoors
A camera and note book
Scrap paper (A4 printer paper ideal)
A plastic pallete with deep wells to hold mixed colours or similar highly recommended
A sharp craft knife
Soft graphite stick and an eraser
Permanent white gouache - essential
Old jam jars (for clean water mixing) studio - plastic lightweight ones for working outdoors

Further information
Suitable for artists with some experience or those who wish to develop contemporary art techniques with a unique medium to give their work impact. 
Class numbers restricted to 12 to ensure maximum learning potential for all students so early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

How to book
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

Further information
Highly recommended viewing of the following film to give students another insight into Roberts award winning Inktense techniques

At the end of the course you'll have the opportunity to buy Inktense products from Robert at discount prices (subject to availability) if you wish.

What you use at Higham Hall during this course is NOT PART OF THE FEE AND CANNOT BE TAKEN HOME. SORRY!



Painter - per person (With an en-suite bathroom + £10 per room per night) - £339.00

Non residential - £241.00

The non-participating rate for sharing partners is: B&B £37.20pppn standard, £43.20pppn en-suite, pl - £0.00


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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