Robert Dutton Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

2021 - Bright colours in a dark month

Higham Hall, Cumbria
Very popular course. Bookings now being taken

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND this short break art holiday gives artists the ideal opportunity to explore Derwent's Inktense blocks on Canson's  exceptional high quality 'Moulin du Roy' 1005 cotton watercolour paper, (all provided) using an expressive use of colour withan expressive direction with this versatile and unique contemporary painting media.

This short break studio based art holiday gives all artists the ideal opportunity to explore Derwent's Inktense blocks as never before. Because the main materials are provided (except those on the recommended 'what to bring' list below), this allows students to really 'go for it' by creating really expressive paintings and using the media to its full potential. With regular demonstrations, group and one to one individual learning and mentoring, this exciting course and using this great media will be a real eye opener to what's possible and is sure to inspire!

A little about Inktense
Derwent Inktense is a very different media and a popular one amongst artists of different levels of ability too. Portable, lightweight, versatile and inspirational are just some of the atributes this brand new media is described as being. With 72 different colours in the entire range which have been professionally introduced recently to the market by The Lake District company from Keswick 'Derwent', Inktense blocks allow the artist to both draw and paint with them at the same time with techniques akin to pastel painting and water media techniques within the same painting.


About the media and me!
Robert is a leading Associate Artist for Derwent, chosen for his creative and award winning art techniques usng select Derwent products which Include Inktense (amongst others) to create richly layered expressive paintings filled with colour, atmosphere and above all, a sence of place with an expressive edge. Working in the studion and outdoors (weather permitting) Robert will guide every student through each and every step using Derwent Inktense teaching you lots of creative skills with this exciting media to create your very own eye catching paintings.

'This try before you buy' short break provides artists with more than just an insight into the world of Derwent Inktense creativity but allows you to use 24 of Derwents exciting Inktense colours and pencils (provided by Higham Hall for use during your workshop only) and 2 half imperial sheets of watercolour paper (21 x 15 inches each size) to get a real feel for the media without the initial capital outlay for materials when working on your own. 

(Sorry, not suitable for pure beginners as the art techniques taught may be too advanced).

What's included

*If you require more than one 1/2 imperial sheet of watercolour paper per day you can purchase from Robert at discount prices £2.50 half sheet £5 full sheet

What you need to bring

Further information
Suitable for artists with some experience or those who wish to develop contemporary art techniques with a unique medium to give their work impact. 
Class numbers restricted to 12 to ensure maximum learning potential for all students so early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

How to book
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

Further information
Highly recommended viewing of the following film to give students another insight into Roberts award winning Inktense techniques

At the end of the course you'll have the opportunity to buy Inktense products from Robert at discount prices (subject to availability) if you wish.

What you use at Higham Hall during this course is NOT PART OF THE FEE AND CANNOT BE TAKEN HOME. SORRY!



  • Residential : £350.00
  • Non residential : £249.00
  • Materials included : £0.00

Location: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

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