Robert Dutton Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

Expressive Landscape with Acrylic Mixed Media

Higham Hall, Cumbria

This very popular acrylic mixed media art holidays explores creative and expressive techniques with acrylics, acrylic inks and oil pastels - often in the same study to create really exciting paintings.

The stunning location at Higham Hall offers a unique ‘country retreat’ atmosphere. Just a stone's throw from the historic market town of Cockermouth and very close to Bassenthwaite Lake, Higham Hall is well placed to explore the dramatic landscape in the Western Lakes.

Complete with an on-site well equipped and modern studio, Higham Hall offers a perfect base for your enjoyable painting holidays, which explore both studio based painting workshops and fun en-plein air painting experiences.

This very popular acrylic mixed media art holidays at Higham Hall explores creative and expressive techniques with acrylics, acrylic inks and oil pastels - often in the same study to create really exciting paintings.

A course that appeals to both the acrylic artist and for artists of different levels of ability wanting to explore greater depth in their work adding textures, expression, layered effects and so much more experiencing painting in a very expressive way!

The emphasis is on creating mark making on different surfaces using palette knives, big brushes, card and so on utilising different surface qualities such as canvas, canvas board, mdf, several mixed media supports... and so much more!

You will learn how to create your very own unique surfaces in the studio too in response to your landscape studies and sketches on these different painting surfaces (together with photos if you wish) gathered from different and dramatic Lakeland landscape viewpoints - locations carefully selected with this art holiday in mind.

Taken 'trouble feee' on short scenic tours by Higham Hall mini-bus to your stuning painting locations this is another great opportunity for you to sit back and relax and be inspired by The Lake district even more!

The landscape surrounding Higham Hall is some of the best and unspoilt landscape in the whole of The Lake District. It's truly a magical (and beneficial) experience to engage directly with your landscape (weather permitting) drawing and painting (media of your choice but usually charcoal with other black and white media) to draw freely enjoying 'the great outdoors'.

In all, this is a very unique opportunity for a different way of working with an expressive painting approach on this art holiday and gives you a great insight into Roberts popular techniqes to learn lots of new and exciting painting approaches gaining lots of practical experience throughout the week.

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere encouraging a great learning experience 
Suitable for artists who want to loosen up their style and explore modern acrylics painting techniques
Luxury full board art holiday staying in high quality accommodation
Your accommodation in this magnificent independent and unique historic college is great…and so is the food!
Studio evening demonstrations between sociable and friendly evening get togethers 
Fully equipped and modern studio for indoor painting experiences
Great local subjects to paint with like minded artists

Further information

With places limited to 14 students only on this unique acrylic art course, early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

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


  • Full board residential (with ensuite bathroom + £10 per night) : £519.00
  • Non residential : £363.00
  • Field trips included : £0.00

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

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