Tuesday 30 May 2017

A May in Malham to remember with HF Holidays

As a new art leader for HF Holidays, what a great first art holiday I've just had at the fabulous Newfield Hall hotel in Airton in Malhamdale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales teaching a full class of keen art students creative skills with pastels. A perfect week with the sun shining every day - just fabulous!

Pastel painting in Malham village just a short hop away from Newfield Hall - an inspirations scene around every corner

Newfield Hall is a gem of a place situated in a very special area of the Yorkshire Dales not far from Malham Cove. The special ambiance and relaxed atmosphere at the hall is lovely and everyone is so friendly.

We all comfortably and easily settled into Newfield Hall on our arrival thanks to the brilliant staff and perfect management skills of Alison and Michael Drake who run the hall, our studio was set up in no time.

Our first day 'proper' painting day in our sun filled studio at Newfield Hall gave everyone the chance to explore pastels in new and exciting ways (some guests using them for the very first time), creating rewarding pastel paintings with a Yorkshire Dales theme. 

Everyone created really impressive pastel paintings both large and small from my own top quality photos I brought with me. A great start to our 'Expressive PasteĊ‚s' holiday.

The Spring sunshine continued the following day in Malham village, our second painting day just a short minibus hop from Newfield Hall. Throughout our lovely pastel day we met lots of visitors to The Dales, local villages in the shops and tea rooms too. We were even rewarded with some of the local farmers bringing their flock through the village moving them from fell to fell. What a lovely sight!

The following day we returned to Malham again by minibus. This time to the magnificent and awesome Malham Cove was our painting inspiration. This iconic Yorkshire Dales landmark in full sunshine could not have been better.

That evening after a superb gala dinner shared with all the other guests at Newfield Hall it was our turn to entertain! As one of the holiday leaders for my group I organised an exhibition of everyone's top class paintings created during our superb short break together they chose to show. What a fabulous exhibition it was which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Sadly this lovely creative art week had to come to an end but with everyone taking home big smiles, lots of great paintings inspired by Malham and their rewarding time at Newfield Hall and making new friends, what a great short break that was.

The next HF Art Holiday I will be leading this year will be at Whitby in July when we explore the lovely fishing villages and quiet coves along the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Another exciting HF Holiday for guests with yet another full class! 

Next year we will be organising another Expressive Pastels short break at Newfield Hall again near Malham from 4 - 8 June and also another great holiday for you staying at the lovely HF Holidays hotel 'Derwent Bank' close to the shores of Derwentwater in the unspoilt Northern part of The Lake District from 20 - 24 August. That too is going to be great!

To register your interest for my next years Expressive Pastel art holidays with HF Holidays visit https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/view-our-brochures-online/

If you cannot wait until next year there are some other opportunities to come and paint with me this year (to include Spain) with some remaining places left on a few listed art holidays and workshops. Visit http://rdcreative.co.uk/art-holidays to find out more and bag yourself that special place!


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