Robert Dutton Fine Art Robert Dutton contemporary fine art

0113 225 2481

Frequently Asked Questions


Are your painting holidays suitable for beginners?

If you are a raw beginner then none of these art holidays are suitable for you. My art holidays and workshops cater for artists who have at least a good grasp of the basics and for artists who want to advance their skills a lot further, whilst having fun doing so! For humble beginners realistically you need to choose another art holiday and then join me once you have had some experience.


What equipment do I need to bring?

The recommended list of art materials you will need to enjoy your art holiday or workshop to the full potential will be provided for you in your lesson plan which you will be sent by pdf or through the post (if you are not on email) from the venue you will book through.


Your art holidays suggest specific media to bring – may I bring my own media and use that  instead?

As I am fully conversant with lots of different media it will not be a problem to bring your own preferred media on your painting holiday or workshop. You will receive as much one to one tuition throughout your workshop or art holiday as every other student for your chosen media. However, it is important to note that all demonstrations, short exercises and group tuition throughout the workshops and art holidays will cater for all the vast majority of students signed up to learn specific media skills, so please bear that in mind.


I need something to sit on and a table to work from outdoors – are they provided?

Realistically when working outdoors you need to travel light and adapt to your natural surroundings so no, table and chairs are not supplied for you to use outdoors. However, if you wish to bring your own collapsable more sturdy equipment please do so but remember, what you bring will have to be carried personally.


How do we get to the venues you are suggesting we are to paint at?

Several venues have their own minibus to take students to chosen locations with experienced drivers. Journeys are never far away – after all, you want to paint, not be stuck in a minibus! For other venues without minibus we will need to share cars to get there. Some locations are actually on site or a short walk away from your carefully chosen residence.


I have some mobility problems and cannot walk nor stand for long periods of time – how am I catered for?

It is advisable to bring your own lightweight folding chair or stool and a good sturdy easel to work from with your other art equipment if you want to sit for the duration of the outdoor painting workshops.

Distances to walk to selected viewpoints at chosen locations are never far away from parked vehicles or minibus drop off points and are often got to on good paths. However, moorland painting holidays may well involve some walking over a little rough terrain with all your equipment so you must judge for yourself what you are capable of doing.


How long do we spend outdoors and are there toilet facilities and amenities close by?

For outdoor painting workshops (example from 10am to 3pm) during the warmer months we will often paint and draw in locations that I have specifically chosen to have easy access, facilities close at hand and of course amenities not far away for you to use if required.

During the warmer months, packed lunches are also provided by the different venues.

In cooler months, any outdoor painting experiences either in the morning or the afternoon are shorter and close to your accommodation, lasting approximately 3 hours.


What level of fitness is required for your outdoor painting holidays and what outdoor clothing do I need?

As some walking will be involved when painting outdoors and carrying your painting equipment, a moderate level of fitness is required. Walking boots or trainers with good grip are highly recommended – particularly on Lakeland or moorland painting holidays. A good outdoor raincoat, woollen hat, gloves and so on are needed for drawing and painting outdoors, particularly in the cooler months. Your own mini flask is highly recommended, particularly if you want hot drinks available at your own convenience.

For any further enquiries, please contact me on 0113 2252481 (studio) or email or contact your accommodation directly.


What are the cancelation arrangements for workshops?

If you wish to cancel a booking for one of my own workshops the following applies:
2 months in advance - refund with £7 admin fee applied (this is to cover the booking fee I pay using the PayPal service)
1 month in advance 50% refund
Less than one month - no refund. However, if you can find someone to take your place and make your own private arrangements about the monies you have paid, that's fine by me.

I appreciate that students book my workshops in good faith to attend. Under exceptional circumstances of a workshop being cancelled (emergency medical care etc) arrangements can be made between us for you to attend a future workshop using your initial booking fee to cover that future chosen workshop.

Cancellation by me for any of my self organised workshops - full and total refund regardless.

For workshops, art holidays and so on were I teach with other organsiations were I am employed by them to teach you, check with them what their cancelation policies are before booking.

For any further enquiries please contact me on 0113 2252481 (studio) or  07522238822 (mobile) or email to discuss. 

Thank you.

UK and International award winning artist

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