Saturday 28 June 2014

Success for all at Higham Hall!

Elspeth explores an abstract approach along the lakeshore of Bassenthwaite Lake looking at the flanks of Skiddaw Fell - fantastic big brush strokes!

Just returning from another recent and successful residential art break in the Lake District it is great to reflect just how rewarding and enriching the creative residential art breaks are for everyone who attends - art students and tutor alike!

Teaching at Higham Hall in the Western Lakes recently on a successful residential 4 day art break (3 - 6 June'14) was a great way to help encourage all who attended lots of different creative techniques enjoying our painting in the heart of Lakeland. 

The bright and well equipped studio at Higham Hall awaits!
The sun filled studio courtyard at Higham Hall -
the perfect place for relaxing between brushstrokes!
Higham Hall is unique. There are not many independent residential colleges within the UK that can boast to have an impressive historic building offering a high class ‘country retreat feel’ set within their own stunning gardens, amidst the majestic Lakeland fells.

On several different days we visited different lakeshore locations around Bassenthwaite lake to paint  - really rewarding for all which sharpened everyones perceptions and advanced their painting skills in so many ways.

The bright and airy studio is fantastic for painting too and everyone just loves the creative atmosphere in this wonderful space. We created lots of different mixed media paintings based on our outdoor experiences and packed so much into the four day break with fantastic results created by everyone.
Superb views over the front terrace at Higham Hall -
another perfect chill out zone with inspirational views!

Dramatic skies on a beautiful sunny day overlooking the
well tended terrace gardens at Higham Hall
Fun in the sun! Demonstrating pastel techniques for the group at 

lakeshore near Ouse bridge at Bassenthwaite Lake

  • Painting outdoors close to Higham Hall around the Lakeshore of Bassenthwiate Lake 
    and in wonderful fully equipped studio Higham Hall
  • Demonstrating for the group mixed media painting techniques with watercolour and pastel at Higham Hall - a fantastic creative experience for all!
The demonstration in action! Big brushes, big paper and lots of run and pour techniques!
Now you all have a go! Great results too!
Sun filled painting day at Ouse Bridge near Higham Hall -
great light and great light and dark colours and shapes explored
Just a small selection from the great work everyone created - superb!
Elspeth chose to work in the fab gardens at Higham Hall - a great result too!

The next course I’ll be teaching at Higham Hall offers different workshop days back to back with evening demonstrations using different media. A great opportunity for those who come to gain for themselves new and exciting painting experiences with me, in a remarkable Lakeland filled with Autumn colour. 

Now that’s something we can all look forward too!

For further information on the next course at Higham Hall, contact the administration team on 017687 76276

Office hours 09:00 to 17:00

Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9SH

See you there!

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