Robert Dutton Fine Art Robert Dutton contemporary fine art

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November 2019 Lakeland Expressive Mixed Media Art Holiday

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Rydal Hall, Cumbria

A stunning location situated in 34 acres of woodland, Rydal Hall offers creative inspirational views all year round with such beautiful landscape on the doorstep and also within the wonderful grounds themselves - perfect for our exciting mixed media residential art holiday in the heart of The Lake District!

A great mixed media art holiday awaits in this beautiful part of The Lake District on the outskirts of Ambleside for Autumn '19. You'll be  staying at Rydal Hall set amids the halls very own 40 acres of tranquil landscape and close to Rydal Water lake which looks spectacular at this time of the year. All are superb inspirational subjects for your 'get away from it all' Autumn art week here in Lakeland!

Using mixed media - Watercolour, Pastel, Acrylic Inks, Charcoal and Gouache we will creatively explore and paint the woodlland, flowing mountain streams, mature and well tended gardens at Rydal Hall. We will also venture a little further from Rydal hall itself to walk the short distance to Rydal Water to paint and draw the beautiful glowing Autumn landscape and colours reflected in this tranquil Lake - Wordsworths' favourite and by art students too!

The newly refurbished warm, well lit, very spatious and cosy historical old barn on site at Rydal Hall (close to the main hall) will be our 'art den' for your exciting and creativly stimulating art holiday. With the art courses I run at Rydal Hall now outgrowing the main building, the barn has become really popular with artists as the extra space meaning artists can spread out and 'do their thing' in a truely creative environment.

You will learn lots of art techniques throughout your art holiday staying in your superb accommodation with great food, regular breaks with light refreshments, great packed lunches for our days out close to Rydal Hall.

This really is a relaxed ‘get away from it all’ friendly, learning environment and with such inspirational landscape all around us, no wonder it so popular with so many artists!

The art holiday is perfect for improvers, intermediate level artists and upwards (sorry, not suitable for complete beginners), who are looking for a new direction and who wish to paint with a looser more expressive and contemporary style of painting. 

This is a very popular course so early booking is highly recommended to secure your place. 

Last year the course was oversubscribed with 20 students. This year we are restricting the number to 16 so places really are limited and do fill quickly.

Outdoor painting experiences at Rydal Water and within Rydal Hall grounds (weather permitting). Level of fitness needed - moderate.
Regular art demonstrations and one to one tuition each day.
A great holiday to get away from it all, relax, unwind and learn lots of different contemporary art techniques with Watercolour, Gouache, Acrylic ink, Pastel and Charcoal.
Class numbers restricted to 18 students only (with plenty of space for everyone painting and spreading out in the newly referbished warm, well lit barn) to ensure maximum learning ability for all.
Half day off to explore The lake District National Park during the course - guides and advice given were needed

How to book
To book your place contact Rydal Hall on 015394 32050
 or email

Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX.

Further information
A lesson plan complete with recommended list of art equipment to bring provided by Rydal Hall sent to you direct on booking by email.
Highly recommended you contact and book your place early at Rydal Hall if you have a particular room requirement or need for your accomodation as such rooms may be taken if you leave it to late.
Please contact me direct on 0113 2252481 or email me at if you'd like to discuss any aspect of your art holiday before booking if unsure about anything.


Residential, full board - £440.00

Non-residential - £220.00


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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