Robert Dutton Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

MARCH 2021 - Expressive Lakeland Landscape with Acrylic Mixed Media

Higham Hall, Cumbria

This very popular acrylic mixed media art holidays explores creative and expressive techniques with acrylic paint, 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 and exhilarating en-plein air painting experiences (weather permitting).


This is a course that appeals to both the acrylic artist and for artists with some experience with the media who really want to explore a greater depth with the media in their work. I'm a big texture fan so I'll be teaching you how to add exciting textured effects to your paintings to add plenty of extra expression to your paintings.

There is a major emphasis on this course to demonstrate and for you to follow how different kinds of mark making on different surfaces such as textured paper, canvas, pannel and so on (using palette knives, big brushes, card etc) layering the media and building up colour and surface relief can really make a difference to your approach to subject with a deeper engagement.

We go out to paint on this art holiday too (weather permitting of course). By creating a direct response to the landscape with field studies with sketches, paintings and mixed media drawings the visual responses gathered from dramatic Lakeland landscape viewpoints pay dividends in your work and painting ethos.

Taken 'trouble feee' on short scenic tours by Higham Hall mini-bus to your carefully chosen painting locations, this is another great opportunity for you to sit back and relax and be inspired by The Lake District in another way too!

A personal note
Over the years I've come to know The lake District well and I really believe that 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 by drawing, painting and enjoying 'the great outdoors'.

All in all, this is a very unique painting holiday indeed and provides you with the opportunity of learning lots of my popular and prersonally rewarding creative techniques, a 'nothing left out or hidden' approach to the teaching 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 with another media
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 12 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) : £451.00
  • Non residential : £319.00
  • Field trips included : £0.00

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

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