Robert Dutton Fine Art

Member of The Society of Graphic Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

Teaching you techniques -

Art Holidays and short breaks

Robert is an experienced art tutor with an energetic style of teaching and encourages students to have as many first hand experiences as possible directly in the landscape. Connecting with and experiencing the landscape, really looking and engage with the this most compelling of subjects, students have an enriched learning experience.

Throughout all of Robert's art holidays and short breaks, students confidence grows to new heights. Exciting demonstrations, group and one to one tuition ensure students creative boundaries are extended through relaxed, patient, professional and informative tuition. Helping students move forward with their own artistic direction rather than dictating a particular style is what Robert's art holidays and short breaks are all about.

His wealth of creative experience and knowledge of different media in practice has been recognised by leading art brands. Robert is a highly acclaimed demonstrator and Associate Artist for ‘Derwent’ and ‘Nitram Charcoal’, a UK Ambassador for Canson and works closely with leading art brand Royal Talens from Holland. What is new, exciting and beneficial to creatively use, Robert’s students are the first to find out about and experience for themselves!

Future and current art holidays with renowned holiday and adult education organisations in The Lake District National Park, The Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire, Northumberland are featured below.

FEBRUARY 2024 - Expressive pastels at Higham Hall

Higham Hall, Cumbria

Another short course back by popular demand, this exciting 4 day pastel course Higham Hall is ideal for artists who want to take the next step along their creative journey and discover the true versatility of soft pastels and use them in a really expressive way.

The landscape around Higham Hall is always inspirational. During the course we will be taking direct reference from the landscape by working out doors (weather permitting) for further creative explorations in the studio with exciting new directions. 

Just 2 places left!

MAY 2024 - Semi abstract mixed media at Higham Hall

Higham Hall, Cumbria

This popular studio based semi abstract mixed media course explore lots of creative and expressive art techniques in a really exciting and contemporary way.

I will be teaching you how to engage with your subject with greater depth, meaning and feeling with a semi abstract approach so, be preparaed to 'let go' of your inhibitions and use drawing and painting media in a liberated way!

The emphasis is on composition, colour, mood and tone when creating paintings with acrylic inks, watercolour/gouache, soft pastels - often in the same study to create really engaging semi abstract landscape paintings and expressive drawings.

Working from YOUR OWN sketches and photographic references I will teach you how to extract the eseential visual information and help you to develop your own ideas about the painting subject to push your creative boundaries and think differently about your subject. Dont expect to create a litteral copy of your subject - this is not what this course is about. 

Sorry, not suitable for beginners as the techniques taught will be to advanced. More than the basic level of drawing, colour understanding and certainly some experience with some if not all of the different media listed is expected so you are not going to feel out of your depth and will relax instead into this great art course and get LOTS from it!


JULY 2024 - Expressive mixed media at Higham Hall

Higham Hall, Cumbria

A very popular art week for the Summer in this unspoilt part of the Lake District National Park painting with fellow artists, with an enriched learning eperience using different drawing and painting media. Landscape subjects are the theme but not necessarily Lake District focussed painting subjects.We explore new painting subjects - your own to bring with you for courses at Higham Hall from now on!

Explore contemporary mixed media techniques using watercolour, gouache, acrylic inks and soft pastel. We may venture outdoors (weather permitting) painting and drawing in a dramatic Lakeland landscape setting but this course mainly focuses on a studio response to our source material (your own sketches, photographs, drawings and so on) with a semi abstract and expressive direction in your paintings.

Bookings now being taken!

OCTOBER 2024 - Expressive mixed media at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall, Rydal, Cumbria

Autumn in The Lake District is an espercially inspirational time of the year - especially for artists. Colours just glow! With 34 acres of stunning countryside within the Rydal Hall 'estate', complete with waterfalls, tumbling and dramatic mountain becks, mature formal gardens, woodland and so much more, painting subjects are everywhere!

The inspirational Lakeland landscape is the theme for this exciting '23 mixed media contemporary art holiday and is always a popular one. This great 'get away from it all' art break really has it all!

We will be using different media on this art holiday in terms of drawing and painting and mixing studio and outdoor painting experiences (weather permitting) during your inspirational art week and is perfect for students who want to further develop their creative skills to new and exciting levels in lots of rewarding ways.

Bookings now being taken!

NOVEMBER 2024 - Expressive acrylic mixed media at Higham Hall

Higham Hall, Cumbria

If you want to explore contemporary acrylic techniques using lots of different acrylic media to include oil pastels, this is the course for you!

We will venturing outdoors (weather permitting) to one of the many inspirational painting locations in the National Park which I have come to know well. Being amongst the the Lakeland landscape is of course exciting and rewarding in terms of creative experience and true comnnection with your surroundings. These first hand experiences help our more focused studio course be enriched in response to these painting experiences.

On the course we will be using other reference material (YOUR OWN sketches, photographs, drawings and so on) with a semi abstract and exploritory direction throughout the week. The exciting techniques you will learn and put into practice yourself provide the perfect creative techniques for your own personal creative development - not only on this course, but for your future as well.

Booking enquiries now being taken!

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