Robert Dutton Fine Art

Member of The Society of Graphic Fine Art

UK and international award-winning artist

5 JULY 2024 - NUNNINGTON HALL (National Trust) Expressive Pastel Workshop

Nunnington Hall, (National Trust), Nunnington, North Yorkshire
Bookings now being taken!

Friday 5 July 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.

Following previous successful outdoor workshops at National Trust Nunnington Hall, Back by popular demand is this, the first of just two exclusive outddorpainting workshops in the inspirational gardens of this historic hall. The aim of the workshop is to teach you expressive painting techniques with quick and easy soft pastels but you may bring other drawing or painting media with you if you wish. The option is there for you.

There is lots to inspire artists in the beautiful gardens of Nunnington Hall - painting subjects are everywhere! Nunnington Hall is a real gem - the historic hall in the heart of Ryedale not too far from Helmsley, is really awe inspiring. 

This exclusive and rewarding pastel workshop is suitable for all abilities, even if you haven't used the media before. This workshop with expert tuition provides more than an insight into pastel techniques so you can develop with confidence with the media in exciting ways.

With easy to follow and informative demonstrations, 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 work within nature in the company of like minded artists.

I shall be demonstrating with soft and hard pastel combinations. There will be two easy to follow sessions - one in the morning and another in the afternoon using purely pastel. Each demonstration lasts approximately 40 minutes or so and are aimed at getting you started with your media.

For the rest of your day I shall be giving you all individual and group tuition assisting you each step of the way with expert guidance for your own particular creative needs.

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

Places are limited to just 10 students only 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. The River Rye, which gives its name to the local area, flows alongside the house. The sheltered walled garden, with Spring-flowering organic meadow, orchards and flamboyant peacocks, 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 at the main Nunnington Hall entrance. We will set off at 10.45am approximately to your painting locations.

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 to paint and draw with
In terms of media, please bring with you hard and soft pastels (not oil pastels). 
Fixative is highly recommended (any brand) and I will show you how to use it to create real depth in your work.
Pastel paper. There are a number of choices available but I highly recommend pastel paper that has plenty of tooth (surface texture). Thinner papers fill too easily with the techniques I will be demonstrating for you. I highly recommend Sandfix, Clairefontaine, Canson Mi-Tientes Touch, Sait, Tim Fisher papers.
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. 
An umbrella and rain coat in case it rains.

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 by the carpark on the gravel area next to the entrance into Nunnington Hall at 10.45am for meet and greet before walking to locations through the beautiful gardens and orchards.

Please note 

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the workshop to park your car and meet up to ensure a prompt start. 

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: 07522 238 822

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 per person (standard entrance fee of £9.50 not included) : £50.00

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

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