Robert Dutton Fine Art Robert Dutton contemporary fine art

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June 2019 NEW Mixed media painting holiday in South West France

Fully booked

Shades of France

France - A land of diverse opportunities and where better to be than close to the borders of the Dordogne and Charente with Shades of France in this picturesque region of France which provides the ideal environment to study and discover the delights of painting and drawing with our new guest tutor Robert.

A warm welcome awaits you at our lovely farmhouse, built in the grounds of the Chateau d’Essenac, set within over an acre of gardens, nestled between oak and chestnut woodlands, rolling hills and meandering streams. Being slightly elevated we have lovely panoramic views of the Limousin countryside which is idilic!

Our beautiful 18th Century farmhouse and small fully equipped art studio, together with stunning local scenery inspires a great mix of creativity, relaxation and tranquility in the company of like-minded guests each and every day.

We provide good French/English home cooking cooking, an acre of lovely grounds to explore, salt water swimming pool and gymnasium on site for the more energetic, relaxing evenings in good company at the end of your rewarding painting day

Welcome to Shades of France - a wonderful relaxed painting holiday for Summer 2019 in South West France. 

Mike and Sara Peel run Shades of France as part of their beautiful home in Essenac, a 18th Century farmhouse which on this art holiday offers you a unique mix of relaxed practical creative experiences with that 'get away from it all' feel to your holiday balancing creative development with a truly holiday feel to maximise exploration of this beautiful region with rewarding outdoor painting experiences (weather permitting) each and every day.

Set amidst beautiful idillic French rural courntyrside, (approximately 30 minutes from Limoges) and close to the Dordogne region, there is much to inspire you. Just a short walk away, you can find lakes, wide rolling views with hay bales and the chateaux d`Essenac.

Your accommodation
Guests have the benefit of spacious, restful accommodation with 7 double/twin/single, tastefully decorated bedrooms.

What's included 
7 nights full board accommodation comprising breakfast, light lunch, or picnic when painting on location, a freshly prepared French/English home cooked evening meal with wine. Lunch is not provided on the day visit to the market.

Transfers from and to Limoges airport/train station at the start day and end of your painting holiday.

Transport during your painting week to and from inspirational painting locations.

Bright art studio overlooking a walled, terraced courtyard complete with undercover area in the event of inclement weather.

Provision of boards, easels, stools, cleaning equipment, water bottles. (NB. paints, brushes and paper are not provided so your own choice of materials can therfore be brought with you as you wish)

Traditional French country lounge with original stone fireplace and wood burning stove.

Cosy patio where stunning sunsets make an ideal spot for pre & after dinner drinks.

Secluded 10m x 5m swimming pool with paved terrace and sun loungers.

Well stocked library with comfortable seating for a little bit of time to yourself.

For the more energetic, a small gymnasium and table tennis room are always available for your use.

Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.

British TV, Wireless and internet access.

Daty trio with picnic mid week 

All meals at the farmhouse, welcome drinks and refreshments

Your seven day painting holiday is £975 per painter and £695 for non painter guest.
£200 is needed as a deposit at time of reservation with the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival directly to Shades of France. 

Price does not include flights/rail but see the Shades of France website for “How to get there” for advice.

Further information
An easy get to destination with regular and economical flights from a wide variety of major airports with airlines such as BA, Flybe and Ryanair.

For advice about your art materials needed for the art holiday and what to bring please email Robert directly at or call 0113 2252481 (Robert's UK studio)

For more information about your art holiday and Shades of France please visit

How to book
To book and for further information please contact Mike and Sara Peel  email:
Tel: +33 (0) 555 48 12 23






Painter - per person - £975.00

Non painting partner (each) - £695.00


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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