Robert Dutton Fine Art

Associate Member - The Society of Graphic Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

MAY 2021 - Spring Colours. Expressive mixed media at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall, Cumbria

This art hoilday is aimed at artists with some experience who are looking to develop their style to a much deeper level utilising the experience of painting in both beautiful and stunning locations in the heart of The Lake District and who are looking to develop their work in much looser contemporary style.

A stunning location situated in 34 acres of woodland, Rydal Hall offers creative inspirational views all year round with such beautiful landscape on the doorstep and also within the wonderful grounds themselves - perfect for our exciting mixed media residential art holiday in the heart of The Lake District in a dedicated art space in the historic and spacious, well furbished 'Bully Barn' on site at Rydal Hall.

The superb picturesque and dramatic local landscape at Rydal Hall are ideal for students who will be inspired by the beautiful surroundings in combination with studio painting days, really creatively rewarding in so many ways.

This art holiday is aimed at artists looking to develop their style to a much deeper level in much looser contemporary style beyond the mere representational.

Throughout this art holiday I will help you to develop your art skills and your own personal vision as well as approach to your subject. The paintings you create combine different media together in lots of new and exciting ways - even out doors!

Our studio is in a warm, well lit and spacious barn with its own facilities very close to historic Rydal Hall itself. Here we can relax, unwind and paint all day without being disturbed. 

A really popular venue with really rewarding painting experiences so Spring art holidays fill very quickly with me at Rydal Hall. A price fix from 2020 for this year will make this art holiday even more popular i'm sure! Early booking is therefore highly recommended to secure your place.

Sorry, course not for beginners as art techniques are too advanced. The art holiday is aimed at artists with some previous experience who are seeking a more expressive and looser contemporary approach with their work.

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere encouraging a great learning experience 
Suitable for artists with some previous painting ability 
Watercolour/gouache, pastel, acrylic ink, charcoal and other drawing media creatively explored
Your accommodation in this magnificent independent and unique historic hall set amidst quite superb Lakeland landscape.
Great food and social evening get together with like minded people
Spacious well lit and warm large studio barn for indoor painting experiences
Inspirational locations to paint within the grounds of Rydal Hall itself to include the glorious gardens and italian Terrace
Packed lunches for outdoor painting provided by Rydal Hall. Special dietry requirements catered for.

What you need to bring
Watercolour, gouache in your own favourite colours. Tube paints please. Pans are too small
Acrylic inks (any brand in your own favourite colours) - optional but recommended
Soft and hard pastels. Highly recommended Unison Colour and Royal Talens Rembrandt pastels. Cheeper brands are dusty and don't have good pigmentation so pro. brands are better than a bag of cheep ones
Fixative - any brand NOT HAIRSPRAY!
Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 350gsm pastel paper or similar. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH CANSON MI-TEINTES 170gsm paper which is too thin and has the wrong surface texture
Canson Moulin du Roy 300gsm (140LB) 'not' and 'hot pressed' watercolour paper highly recommended
Metal easel and drawing board (at a size you wish to work too)
A mixture of different size brushes - the larger the better.
Boots, raincoat, hat, gloves, thermals etc for outdoor painting
A flask for onsite hot drinks when painting away from the hall and in the grounds
A small lightweight stool if you prefer to sit when painting outdoors
A small backpack to fit everything in
Bulldog clips to secure your work to the board - especially usefull for outdoors
Lightweight water mixing pot, large watercolour palette 
Mixing jars for studio painting days
Masking fluid and an old brush or two to apply it with
Notebook and camera
Your own favourite sketching media - highly recommended is Nitram Charcoal, graphite sticks, black and white acrylic inks etc
An eraser
Kitchen roll and wet wipes

Further information
A very popular art course and with places limited to 14 students maximum - early booking is really highly recommended to avoid missing a place. 

Level of fitness needed - moderate to intermediate. We stay close to the hall on this holiday so no real great distance is needed to find stunning and inspirational views to paint.

A lesson plan with a full recommended list of art materials will be provided for you upon booking but if in doubt about your level of artistic ability for the course or if you need to discuss your art materials needed in any detail please contact Robert directly to discuss on 01439 748516 or email

If in doubt about the correct paper to bring for the art holiday Robert will be able to supply you with the paper you need at a competitive price.

How to book
For further information and to book please contact the administration team on 015394 32050

Office hours 09:00 to 17:00


  • Full board accommodation £113pp standard room : £565.00
  • Full board accommodation £120pp superior room : £600.00
  • Resident Non painter : £490.00
  • Non resident painter £230 (+ £50 per day for lunch, dinner and tray bakes am/pm but NOT breakfast) : £280.00

Location: Rydal Hall, Ambleside, LA22 9LX

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