Expressive Pastels in the North York Moors
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Be inspired by the magnificent landscapes of the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire heritage coast and the historical town of Whitby on this combined indoor and outdoor break with Yorkshire-based professional artist Robert Dutton. Learn how to create bold, colourful and dramatic pastel paintings filled with atmosphere and light. Suitable for improvers and artists who wish to become more expressive in developing their own personal style. During the course of each day we will walk up to 2 miles (3km) carrying our equipment.
- Capture the splendour of your surroundings in expressive pastels
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader and transport to locations
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Larpool Hall
- Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment
Image courtesy of HF Holidays' leader Robert Dutton
Whitby is truly unique, venture in this tight and twisty town whilst exploring the local architecture. Larpool Hall provides excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms. A magnificent location situated above the harbour and perfect for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
Larpool Hall has 28 newly refurbished bedrooms in the main building. Rooms at the front of the house enjoy wonderful views across the Esk Valley.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Lounge with a central dance floor
• Two additional lounges
• Outside terrace
|• Dining room
• Range of board games and books
• Free WiFi available in public rooms
• Extension views from the front of the house across the esk Valley
|• Gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn|
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Saturday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. Before dinner your leader will give you an informal introduction to the holiday programme, outlining the exciting expressive art holiday ahead.
Sunday: Introduction to pastels - exploring and painting different landscape compositions
We'll spend our first day indoors at Larpool Hall, when our leader will show us lots of tips and techniques for painting buildings in the landscape. We'll be shown ways to avoid some common problems with pastels, and be given support with our own pastel explorations. There’ll be group and one-to-one tuition so that we develop our own individual style with confidence. On several evenings there’ll be a group overview of the day’s work to help us all get the most out of the next day’s painting.
Monday: Painting at Staithes
We’ll travel to the picturesque village of Staithes, where we’ll have at least a one-hour demonstration to prepare us for capturing the scenery here. Once completed we're free to explore Staithes for ourselves and paint alternative viewpoints and explore the village. Our leader will be close at hand to assist us as you paint. We'll head back to Larpool Hall mid-afternoon, where we’ll have a brief overview of today’s painting, with plenty of time to relax before dinner.
Tuesday: Painting at Sandsend
We enjoy another morning demonstration at this sheltered seaside village. With picturesque cottages by the sea, there’s lots of scope for painting fantastic subjects. Robert our leader will be on hand again to help as we paint. After lunch we return to the Country House, where we’ll have a brief overview of the day’s painting. There's plenty of time to relax before dinner. After dinner, we can enjoy a demonstration with black and white pastels, charcoal and ink painting, to show us how we can achieve great versatility working with other mediums.
Wednesday: Free day
A free day to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. There will be an evening get together after dinner for overview of any work created during the day, and a chat about our day and what we have discovered.
Thursday: Painting at Whitby Abbey
This morning we head out to the town, to create a picture of Whitby, its boats and roof tops and the beautiful North York moors scenery from the area around Whitby Abbey. There’s a study session centred on this view and the bustle of the holiday town below. Afterwards guests are free to explore the sights to find their own outlooks on the town or stay close by to do a similar view. Your leader will be close at hand throughout the day to help you as you paint. We'll head back to Larpool Hall mid-afternoon, where we’ll have a brief overview of our day’s painting with plenty of time to relax before dinner. After dinner we’ll put on an entirely optional end-of-holiday exhibition for other guests to see the wonderful paintings you have created.
Friday: Farewell finishes
We’ll spend all day at the Country House so that we can take another look at the beautiful area, with its views and inspiration. It’s also a day to reflect and finish paintings, and receive more tips & techniques from your leader.
Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
What to bring
- Hard and soft pastels (any brand, mixed colours) - highly recommended, Inscribe pastels ½ stick 36 or 72 colours, Unison landscape box set 36 ½ stick colours but bring what you have
- Canson Mi-Tientes ‘Touch’ 350gsm pastel paper (black). Full sheets 50 x 65cm for the adventurous! Sheets can be cut in half before or during the holiday
- Aerosol fixative (any brand but not hairspray!)
- Masking tape
- Bulldog clips
- Protective paper for your pastels
- Folding lightweight stool
- Field easel (‘Trent’ metal easel highly recommended)
- Good footwear (boots highly recommended)
- Warm clothing, a raincoat and a hat
- Your camera
- A good size backpack to put everything in
Please note: Please do not bring Daler Rowney pastel paper or Canson Mi-Tientes (not to be confused with Canson Mi-Tientes Touch’) as these papers are not suitable for the expressive pastel techniques you will learn.
Please also note: As Robert is a UK Canson Ambassador he can provide you with Canson Mi-Tientes ‘touch’ 350gsm 50x 65cm at £5 per sheet, £2.50 half sheet if you would like to try.
Wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House
Discover the North York Moors
During your stay at Larpool Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Whitby:
Whitby is a bustling harbour town and a popular tourist destination. From Larpool Hall it is a 1½ miles downhill walk, or a short drive to the town centre. The town has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, pubs and cafés. If you don’t mind the queue, the Magpie café on the waterfront is said to serve England’s best fish and chips!
The iconic ruined abbey commands a wonderful position above the harbour and can be reached by climbing the famous 199 steps. About 10 minutes' drive or a 1½ mile walk. www.english-heritage.org.uk//whitby-abbey
The pretty fishing village of Staithes is a pleasant spot to visit. Young children may well recognise the village as the setting for Old Jacks Boat on CBeebies. Around 25 minutes' drive from Whitby.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains over its 18 mile line between Grosmont and Pickering and in the summer some trains continue over the British Rail branch line to Whitby. This is a highly scenic route: one reason why the line has become Britain’s most visited steam railway. The well-kept and historic stations are worth seeing for their own sake and you may well recognise Goathland which has doubled as ‘Adensfield’ on the Heartbeat TV series, and as ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films. Either join the train at Whitby, or at Grosmont, about 20 minutes' drive away. www.nymr.co.uk
Scarborough & Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough is a quintessential Victorian seaside resort with plenty of attractions for both young and old. The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the renowned playwright. It has two theatres - the round and the McCarthy which doubles as a cinema, plus a restaurant and shop. www.sjt.uk.com
Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Trail
This superb trail uses the route of disused railway line and offers miles of traffic-free cycling, often with outstanding sea views. The trail passes right next to Larpool Hall and heads south to Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, or if you are feeling keen to Scarborough. Bikes can be hired at nearby Hawsker. www.trailways.info
Rydale Folk Museum
This museum is located at Hutton-Le-Hole, about 50 minutes' drive from Whitby. This pretty village west of Pickering that has a feel of a Cotswold village, being built of mellow stone and with a stream though the middle. The museum houses exhaustive displays of rural life and crafts in buildings spread over several acres. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Located near Malton about an hour's drive from Whitby, Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. It is well known as the location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited. Today the house is still owned by the Howard family and the building hosts many exhibitions & events throughout the year. Also of interest are the extensive gardens that contain a formal rose garden and elegant ponds and fountains. www.castlehoward.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Larpool Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Travel to Whitby
Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND
The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is at Whitby, which is at the end of a long branch line from Middlesbrough.
However, most guests find that travelling via Scarborough station is more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £7 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.
The 93 bus runs regularly between Scarborough station and Whitby. As you approach Whitby, alight by the Larpool Industrial Estate. From here it is an 800 metre walk to Larpool Hall. See www.traveline.info for bus times.
Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teesside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles outside Whitby. After this roundabout and as you approach Whitby, cross another roundabout then turn right at the traffic lights signposted to Scarborough. Cross the large bridge over the River Esk, then immediately turn right into Larpool Lane. After 500 metres turn left into the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A large car park is available in the grounds.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport is served by a range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Scarborough with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 2hrs 50 minutes to Scarborough - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Scarborough. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Scarborough (1 change at York) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Scarborough you can complete the journey to Whitby by bus or taxi (see above).
Robert has been a professional creative artist for over 30 years, he regularly writes for ‘The Artist’ magazine and boasts an array of impressive creative awards. Robert’s wealth of talent, his passion for his subject and relaxed yet encouraging teaching approach keeps all levels of budding artist coming back for more. Robert promises you a creative learning experience that will last long after your holiday.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person