Robert Dutton Fine Art

Member of The Society of Graphic Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

14 JUNE 2024 - NUNNINGTON HALL (National Trust) Expressive Pastel and Painting Workshop

Nunnington Hall, (National Trust), Nunnington, North Yorkshire
Fully booked!

Friday 14 June 2024 
11am - 4pm 
Expressive pastel workshop at National Trust Nunnington Hall
£50 per person (excluding entrance fee of £9.50 paid on the day). National Trust members enter for free. 

This really rewarding creative workshop and is suitable for all abilities who want to expand their repetoire of creative painting and drawing skills. As I guide you on one to one and group demonstrations throughout the day, you will creatively develop with confidence with your chosen media new and exciting ways of painting in a fabulous setting in the heart of North Yorkshire.

There will be two easy to follow and informative demonstrations during the day. One in the morning to show you how to approach things and one later in the afternoon to build on that foundation. Each demonstration will be approximately 30/35 minutes each time. The demonstrations to watch are not compulsory - if you have the confidence to jump straight in and paint feel free to do so. The demonstrations are there to inspire confidence to approach and choose your subject and viewpoint and create a great painting too! One to one and group tuition throughout the day, no student will be left behind of out of their depth.  

This relaxing, inspirational and exciting workshop will be the perfect opportunity for you to be absorbed by and within nature in the company of like minded artists.

You can bring with you any painting or pastel media you wish to further develop your skills with. Alternatively you may decide to try something new - there is no dictate, creative, mindful stimulation is the order of the day!

I shall be demonstrating with watercolour and pastel in combination. As you watch you will see how the media work together and interact in exciting ways with several layering techniques. You can try the same techniques or just use pastel or paints. No dictate.

Between each demonstration period I shall be giving you all individual and group tuition with informative and practical guidance for your own particular creative chosen media.

These are very popular workshops as you can imagine so early booking is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 

Places are limited to just 10 students only maximum to ensure plenty of tuition for each participant so don't miss out!

Nunnington Hall
Nunnington Hall is a historic country house situated in a beautiful rural setting within the village boundary of Nunnington village itself in the heart of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. Nunnington is my home village. I know the hall well! The sheltered walled garden at Nunnington Hall with Spring flowering organic meadow, orchards and flamboyant peacocks all complement this beautiful Yorkshire house. It is most certainly an inspirational setting!

There is ample parking space at Nunnington Hall and there is plenty of space for everyone to include visitors alike. There is no car parking fee when visiting Nunnington Hall. Car park opens at 10.30am

After parking your car cross the footbridge and we will meet together on the other side in front of the entrance courtyard into Nunnington Hall. We will set off around the garden soon afterwards to set up, choose our viewpoints and start painting. 

Lunch is not included in this workshop so please bring your own packed lunch if you wish. However, there is a small cafe at Nunnington Hall which serves a wide variety of sandwiches, some hot food and drinks with comfortable outdoor and indoor seating areas to choose from.

What to bring 
In terms of media, you can bring with you what you would like to paint or draw with.  There is no dictate - just bring what you would like to gain more experience with. An outdoor easel and drawing board is highly recommended for painting or if you’d simply like to sketch, bring a sketch pad. There are several seating areas around the garden to choose from if you want to sit. 

Getting to painting locations
There will be a little bit of walking involved around the gardens looking at things and choosing your painting location so, don’t bring the kitchen sink! Plan ahead and select items you feel comfortable about carrying and want to work with. A backpack is a good option. It’s easy to carry and to have everything is in one place. Paths are easy and for the most part very even around the hall. 

Advice about painting equipment
My easel fits under my arm and so does my drawing board with watercolour paper fixed to the board with bulldog clips to keep the paper securely fastened as I work. When finished and to protect my artwork I simply turn it over to the board, re clip it and cover with a large plastic bag or sheet to protect from light rain too’.

What happens if it rains?
The aim of each workshop is to work outdoors giving you a first hand painting experience immersed in nature. Unfortunately I cannot control the weather. It is therefore strongly advised you bring a large unbrella and a rain coat. Some artists rig an unbrella to their upright easel stands. A good option if you have one. I work in the light rain showers and cover my work quickly with a portable plastic covering and bulldog clip to my drawing board. If the rain is heavy we can shelter inside Nunnington Hall until the rain passes. There is a good indoor cafe there.

Duration of the workshop
Your workshop will start at 11am and finish at 4pm. Rendezvous together over the footbridge on the gravel area next to the entrance into Nunnington Hall after your arrival at 10.30am.

Please note 
The workshop starts promptly at 11am and finishes at approximately 4pm (lunch break 12.30 - 1.30pm)
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the workshop to set up your things to ensure a prompt start. 

Thank you.

Cost of your workshop
Your full day workshop is £50 per person.
Standard entrance fee of £9.50 to be paid to National Trust at Nunnington Hall on the day. National Trust members visit for free.
To book your workshop tuition please follow the link provided. Payment is via Paypal
If you wish to book your workshop tuition with another payment, please do get in touch with me.

Terms and conditions of booking
Once booked and in the event of cancellation 50% refund will be given only. 
Cancellation 1 week or less prior to the workshop 0% refund will be given. 
However transferring onto another of my workshops at Nunnington Hall for ‘23 is possible (if not fully booked at the time of your cancellation). 
Thank you

Further information
For further information about National Trust Nunnington Hall  visit 

Nunnington Hall 01439 748283

For any enquires about any aspect of the workshop please do get in touch with me by email or phone

Mobile 07522238822


Thank you and look forward to teaching you all some great art techniques in a really spectacular and unique location at National Trust Nunnington Hall!



  • Full day workshop (standard entrance fee of £9.50 not included. NT members have free entry) : £50.00

Location: Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY

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