Robert Dutton Fine Art Robert Dutton contemporary fine art

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2 November 2018 ‘Crashing waves and rocky shoreline ’ - Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks workshop

Bookings now being taken - several places filled already!

Bardsey Village Hall

Bardsey Village Hall is situated in beautiful countryside alongside the A58 road a few miles south west of the market town of Wetherby. The hall has recently been refurbished and is spacious, warm, well lit and has plenty of free parking. The hall is easy to get to being a short distance from junction 45 on the A1(M).

Friday 2 November 2018  ‘Crashing waves and rocky shoreline'
9.30am - 4.30pm

Derwent Art materials support this workshop and have generously provided several sets of Derwent XL Charcoal blocks (6 chunky colours in a set)  to share between two students side by side to work with during the workshop.

This workshop provides you with the ideal opportunity a 'try before you buy' day creating an expressive and dramatic seacape using a limited tonal palatte of these 6 great expressive Charcoal block colours.

Creating both painted and drawn layers using Derwent XL Blocks with other charcoal media (such as Nitram Charcoal sticks and so on), you will learn the skills how to add new and exciting dimensions to your creativity throughout this exciting seascape workshop.

Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks give the artist the ability to cover large areas easily and quickly with unique colours that can’t be found anywhere else.  

There is nothing else on the market that has the properties of finish in your paintings and drawings like Derwent XL Blocks.

With Derwent XL Charcoal Block colours are also watersoluble. As such they are amazingly versatile and create usinque drawn and painted effects on all sorts of different papers - as you will find out when you bring your own favourite
paper with you to the workshop - the choice and size being entirely your own. 

Please note: AT LEAST 300gsm (140lb) 100% rag content watercolour paper 'not surface' is highly recommended to allow you some textured effects to be created in your work and detail at the same time. Woodpulp papers are likely not to be strong enough for the techniques shown in this workshop so please bring an alternative if you can.

You will learn how to create a very different type of painting and drawing at the same time full of rich textures with these lovely Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks and your charcoal sticks.

Level of ability
The workshop is aimed at artists with some previous experience (sorry, not suitable for pure beginners) and those who wish to become more expressive with their painting approach and who want to loosen up their style exploring different media in depth.

The Spring Derwent XL Graphite Blocks workshop sold out really quickly and this one is going to be really popular one again too so early booking highly recommended!

Class numbers restricted to 18 students only for maximum learning potential for all participants

How to book
To book your place please click on the link provided at the bottom of the page (secure payment facility via paypal) or if preferred to pay by cheque or another means, please contact me directly on 0113 2252481 or email me at
Thank you.

Location and venue
Bardsey Village Hall is situated in the centre of the lovely village of Bardsey just a short distance alongside the A58 road a few miles south west of the market town of Wetherby.

Bardsey is easily reached from junction 45 from the A1(M) being only 10 minutes away after your turn off following the A659 and turning left along the A58.

With great facilities at the hall and the easy (free) on site parking, the hall is a popular with all art students being warm with good lighting and new improved modern facilities. 

Address: Bardsey Village Hall, Woodacre Lane, Leeds LS17 9DG

Further information
For any further information about this exciting workshop please contact me directly on 0113 2252481 (studio) or email me at

What will be provided:

  • 1 Full set of Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks - (6 large colours in a set to share between 2 students) being plenty to use!
  • Regular demonstrations, one to one and group tuition throughout the day
  • Tea, coffee and a range of biscuits available throughout the day
  • Some good quality coastal photographic reference to work from (to be returned at the end of the workshop) or, bring your own reference if preffered
  • Canson Moulin du Roy 100%rag content watercolour paper 300gsm (140lb) 'not' available to buy on the day £2.50 half imperial £5 full imperial, if preferred
  • A range of Nitram Charcoal products in different sizes and grades of charcoal for you to buy at discount prices (if preferred)

What you will need to bring:

  • Your own favourite watercolour brushes - the bigger the better!
  • A drawing board - to the size you'd like to work to. Suggested size - at least Half Imperial 22 x 15 inches
  • Derwent XL Block charcoal is water soluble so please bring with you a palette with large wells (or similar) to create some pre colour mixed charcoal
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Containers for water
  • Masking tape or bulldog clips to secure your own choice of paper you will bring with you to your board.
  • Fixative (any brand) NOT HAIRSPRAY!
  • Scrap paper. Photocopier paper or similar will do - plenty of it!
  • White soft pastel (any brand). Suggested Unisoncolour and Royal Talens Rembrandt whites.
  • An easel - table or free standing depending on how you want to work.
  • A dust sheet to protect the floor if you are working upright from an easel
  • Please bring your own lunch as this is not provided. The local pub in the village 'The Bingley Arms' if preferred -
  • Charcoal sticks ESSENTIAL! Bring your own brand if you like but available (subject to availability) is a range of Nitram Charcoal products in different sizes and grades for you to buy at discount prices
  • An eraser (several of your favourites from soft and hard) highly recommended for blending and drawing with, not rubbing out mistakes!
  • Your own crashing waves and rocky shoreline reference to work from. However, some specific subject reference is provided but must be returned at the end of the workshop
  • Notebook and camera to record proceedings (if you'd like)
  • A protective cover or similar to secure your painting from damage and smudging on your way home

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