May 2018 Garden Impressions - Watercolour, Pastel and Acrylic ink Art Holiday
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.
A superb painting holiday awaits for artists wishing to explore exciting watercolour, pastel, acrylic ink and other mixed media (of your choice - but not oils) with a main focus on 'garden impressions'. In recent years the gardens at Higham Hall have undergone extensive renovation, design and replanting by the skillful grounds staff and the posibilities for colourful and dynamic painting subjects are around every corner! We will also be taking at least two excursions (weather permitting) to the wonderful 'Mirehouse' near Keswick, (having been given exclusive rights to paint there), which a beautiful family run historic house with gardens close to Higham Hall to paint and draw these beautiful mature gardens amids dramatic and stunning Lakeland scenery. (Admission fees included).
exploring different media in studio workshops too with Robert, you’ll create great paintings throughout this special art break full of colour and life. With some evening mixed media painting demonstrations by Robert, this fantastic art holiday at Higham Hall is a wonderful opportunity to learn lots of new and exciting art techniques with different media in a relaxing learning environment.
For more information about Mirehouse and to see just how good it is visit www.mirehouse.co.uk
A relaxed and friendly atmosphere encouraging a great learning experience
Suitable for artists with some painting ability (not suitable for beginners)
Full board art holiday staying in top class accommodation
Your accommodation in this magnificent independent and unique historic college is great…and so is the food!
Some studio evening demonstrations between sociable and friendly evening get togethers
Fully equipped and modern studio for indoor painting experiences
Great local subjects to paint with like minded artists to include Mirehouse near Keswick (Admission fees included)
Painting direct from nature I will show you how to focus your visual awareness and your compositional skills, experiment and explore different media and learn painting techniques in very different and exciting new ways.
If you have a specific media you wish to develop creative skills with (but not oils), then you are welcome to bring them for further exploration and tuition
With places limited to 12 students only early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
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, field trips & admission fees. - £535.00
Non-residential to include field trips & admission fees. - £385.00
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