Monday 30 November 2015

Creative thrills at Cober Hill!

As an art tutor it is always great to know you have inspired a wide range of art students to create really new and exciting paintings they thought impossible to do on their own. 

This is just I was able to achieve for 11 students recently from  22-27 November at Cober Hill near Scarborough on our 'Expressive Mixed Media Moorland Theme Art Holiday' at this fantastic venue close to the sea.

Cober Hill  - the superb Yorkshire East Coast venue for your exciting mixed media art holidays.
(Photograph by kind permission from Mark Heslington Ltd
Having a great time too is what an art holiday is all about so the well organised and informative and practical art holiday had everyone smiling all the time, having fun sharing stories and experiences throughout the week and having a time great learning lots of new things to create some really exciting paintings too!

Helping students to use oil pastels and acrylic paint and inks in new and exciting ways and to see the superb results everyone created throughout the week on different supports was a real thrill for all of us.  

Following several of my evening and workshop demonstrations we even managed to create some really expressive atmospheric soft pastel paintings during the studio painting days with some really some great moorland pastel paintings being created. 

As a UK Canson Ambassador I brought with me Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 350gsm pastel paper  used to demonstrate on using different types of media throughout the week. This is a fantastic and responsive paper useful for so many different types of media and mixed media (not just soft pastel) art techniques that everyone found really exciting to use! 

Here are just two of the paintings from many everyone created during the week...
A really expressive and atmospheric with a very personal style created using oil pastel of the North York Moors by Christopher Dennis 50 x 65 cm on Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 350gsm pastel paper. Christopher is currently undergoing a fine Art Degree. It was absolutely great to help Chris to create several paintings on a landscape theme for his degree portfolio and final presentation. Good luck with that Chris!

A beautiful and serene painting of a moorland pool and waterfall created using oil pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes ‘Touch’ 350gsm by Denise Cliffen. Good drawing is the key to the success of this painting and Denise, having had as part of her creative career Trompe l’oeil experience, has this in abundance!

With a circular tour by minibus from Cober Hill to Grosmont and then back along the scenic Yorkshire Heritage Coast mid week inspired everyone to 'get painting the North York Moors' yet again! The field trip paid dividends as the final show of everyone's superb mixed media paintings showed just what a great effect sketching outdoors and seeing the landscape at first hand can have on your work.

Bright light towards 'Jugger Howe' on the North York Moors - a fantastic atmospheric scene

The beautiful, rolling, pastoral and dramatic North York Moors explored on our field trips and all so close to Cober Hill!

The scenic views for our outdoor sketching near Gromont in the North York Moors National Park. Great landscape shapes and those lovely red pan tile roofs in the foreground add some fantastic accents of warmth to the composition.

Just some of the lovely landscape scenes close to Cober Hill - quite literally just 10 minutes walk from your lovely accommodation down the lane and to the sea!

Just a brilliant and thrilling art week for everyone in so many ways!

Here are just a few of the student comments who were a real pleasure to teach...

‘Excellent Course! Thanks so much Robert for all your attention and organisation. I learnt so much again!'
Rebecca Carrie

‘Inspiring and very exciting. Have leant so much.'
Pam Riddlesden

‘Robert, the course has been wonderful. I have learnt so much! Really hope to do it again one day! Thank you!'

‘The course gave me more confidence with colour and patience.’

‘A complete breath of fresh air. i’ve been released from a tight form of painting to freedom and expression under the excellent tuition skills of Robert Dutton. Highly recommended!’
Denise Cliffen

Students enjoying their painting experiences along the Heritage East Coast of Yorkshire in all the quaint fishing villages such as Robin Hoods Bay and Runswick Bay. 
The great locations close to Cober Hill offer so much creative inspiration for the artist and as such two new seascape themed holidays have been planned at Cober Hill for 2016! Here they are:

To register your interest and for further information contact Cober Hill reception directly on 
01723 870310
or email:

Get your skates on - from interest received already about them they are going to be very popular once again!

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