Robert Dutton Fine Art

Member of The Society of Graphic Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

NOVEMBER 2024 - Expressive acrylic mixed media at Higham Hall

Higham Hall, Cumbria
Booking enquiries now being taken!

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.

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 some rewarding en-plein air painting experiences (weather permitting).


The relaxed and friendly (yet structured) contemporary acrylic painting holiday at Higham Hall will teach you lots of new and exciting techniques with acylic paint, auxiliaries such as texture gells and mediums, palette knive techniques and so on throughout this painting art holiday. You will see the landscape in a new light, and enrich your creative progress with what you do.

A greater depth and meaning in your work will be learnt and a fuller appreciation and understanding of your acrylic art materials aimed at expressing your ideas will be gained also on this popular contemporary painting style art course.

The media planned to be used on this course is 'everything acrylic' including the tools to paint with - knives, rollers, brushes and so on. With the addition of oil pastels and drawing media (your choice for your day out), you will learn lots. With group demonstrations, one to one tuition throughout the week, everyone will have lots to be excited by!

Sorry, but this art holiday is NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS as the art techniques taught are too advanced and I don't want you to be disappointed and out of your depth.

Lesson plan provided by Higham Hall so you know what to plan for and organise in advance - to include your boots, hats and gloves!

The course is aimed at artists with an intermediate level and above who want to loosen up their style and become more contemporary in their approach with acrylic media.

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere encouraging a great learning experience
Group and one to one teaching sessions throughout the week
Suitable for artists with intermediate + painting experiences (not beginners)
Fully equipped and modern studio for indoor painting experiences - metal easels, drawing boards and lightweight stools for outdoor use
Great local subjects to paint with like minded artists

Further information
With places limited to 12 students MAXIMUM only 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


  • Full board to include accommodation - TBC : £0.00
  • Non-residential - TBC : £0.00

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

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