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March 2019 Lake District Expressive Pastel and Drawing Art Holiday

Bookings now being taken already!

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. 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 Grange in Borrodale valley valley - a pretty village with a lovely tumbling mountain river running past the small hamlet under the iconic tripple arched bridge - quite unique in Lakeland. We will also paint along the shoreline at Buttermere too later in the week and both outdoor painting experiences, together with your first day in the studio at Derwent bank will help you to quickly become more confident as artists 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 techniques too.

Outdoor pastel painting 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 pastel painting locations so a reasonable level of fitness is needed.
Exciting and informative easy to follow art demonstrations on site and in the studio using soft and hard pastels and fixative creative techniques
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
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

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 accommodation - £559.00


Really appreciate all your hard work and enthusiasm – best course I've been on! Thanks to George also for taking us all out and looking after us- Doreen

A great course – so helpful! I hope to see you again soon.- Susan

Top course, excellent tutor, full humour and knowledge. Inspiring! Cheers- Anne

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

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

A thoroughly intensive course, with time generously given to personal and group instruction – all liberally laced with humour and light heartedness. I shall be back!-

Very enjoyable course was a very committed and knowledgeable tutor. Thoroughly worthwhile week, I learned a lot and I had a good time in lovely company! Thanks Robert!- Barbara Kelly

An excellent course. I learnt so much. The best art course I have ever been on. Days out excellent too. Tutor unstinting in this time and instruction.-

Truly inspiring! Energy and enthusiasm by the bucketful – great tuition by a talented artist and teacher.-

This is the first proper art course I have been on in the true sense. Enjoyed every minute of yours and the groups company. I learnt so much from you as you actually taught instead of just leaving one to flounder. I have learned more from you than three years and 18 months of weekly art lessons- Marie

Excellent course, really enjoyed it. Painting outdoors was a new experience for me and I will continue to do it now. Thanks for the demos and sharing your expertise. Your energy is infectious!- Lesley Gore

Another fab few days of painting, relaxing and great fun. Planning my next year get away already! Thanks Robert.- Kate

Thank you very much indeed for a fantastic course. We have learned a great deal and it has been a great pleasure and inspiration to work with you.- Angela and Tony

Thoroughly enjoyed the course – really stretched my ideas and was very inspirational. Thank you Robert.- Maggie Hatchard

Excellent course suitable for all levels. Came away enthused and ready to go!-

Wonderful week. Learnt so many new things from graphite sticks to the use of pastels on watercolour paper – a new venture for me and so exciting! Thank you for all your help.- Angela Kantawi

Great course. Stretch my abilities.- David

Very enlightening about different papers and surfaces plus lots of other useful insights. Thanks.- Barbara Tress

Excellent course very inspiring and lots of fun!- Denise Smith

A great art course full of info and excellent support. Thanks.- Julia

Brilliant art course - it blew my brain!- Sally Barnes

Excellent art break. Great fun, learnt lots and was amazed! Totally wonderful experience!- Sally Barnes

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