Expressive Pastels Holiday in the Southern Yorkshire Dales
Create bold, colourful and dramatic pastel paintings and mixed media drawings of the magnificent landscapes and characterful villages which surround our country houses. This break is suitable for artists who have some experience and are looking to improve their technique or develop their personal style. Under the guidance of our artist leader, you’ll work both indoors from reference photographs and out in the field, walking up to two miles carrying your equipment. The break will include demonstrations of different pastel techniques and some one-to-one tuition.
- 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
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- Loan of lightweight wooden A3 art boards
- All transport to and from painting locations on your holiday
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better and best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday, outlining this exciting expressive art holiday ahead.
Our holiday begins in earnest as our expert art leader provides us with an easy-to-follow demonstration of different pastel techniques. With such a solid understanding of how to work with this versatile medium, we’re soon confidently creating our very own colourful, dramatic and expressive pastel painting. There’s great practical experience to be had, as we work from some good quality reference photos provided by our art leader. With plenty of group and one-to-one tuition throughout the day, we’re amazed by what we can produce!
After a delicious breakfast we head off to Malham village. As we pass through the dramatic and beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery we’re keen to get cracking and paint the landscape again – this time experiencing the excitement of working outdoors. After a short demonstration on how to expressively interpret the landscape all around us, we’re creating our very own impressionistic pastel painting. This is an easy-going painting day, and we’ll enjoy regular group and one-to-one tuition throughout our day. Our reward will be another stunning pastel painting - one that’s sure to impress!
Our walk to dramatic Gordale Scar and this inspirational landscape offers us amazing creative compositions at every twist and turn. After a short demo on how to expressively interpret this ‘big’ landmass, we’ll discover many new and exciting ways to expressively use our pastels with an impressionistic style.
On our return we can prepare for a mini exhibition for other guests to enjoy. Our exhibition is very informal, sociable and a well-deserved chance to see just how enthusiastic everyone is about our artwork. All in all, it’s a wonderfully positive way to round up our expressive pastel art holiday at Newfield Hall!
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Situated close to Malham in South Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. A grand country house, this stately, storied property retains many of its original nineteenth century features, from the grand entrance to the sweeping staircase inside. The Hall has 48 bedrooms, as well as two cosy lounges and an elegant bar, providing guests with a laid-back and unstuffy retreat with a generous sprinkling of style. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove and its deeply indented limestone pavement, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell.
At the house
- Excellent boot and drying rooms
- Two lounges
- Dining room
- Multi-purpose activity room
- Range of board games and books
- Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
- Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
- Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
- Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
- A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the tastefully converted coach house, which has been reimagined as pretty bedrooms, where pops of mustard contrast with the blue and teal furnishings. With 48 bright and well-appointed rooms, Newfield Hall is one of our largest properties and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best rooms to choose from: we love rooms 3 and 6, both of which are large corner rooms containing original features, with large bay windows overlooking the gardens and beyond the pristine farmland, hills, and yes, dales, of this picturesque pocket of Yorkshire: make use of the telescope trained through the window of Room 6 to scour the countryside for trails to explore.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, walled garden, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Once settled, stroll the large gardens and gaze out over the Yorkshire Dales, or try your hand on the putting green. Slip in to the heated indoor swimming pool to soak while still being able to look out over the gardens. Make use of the activity room or simply retreat to one of the lounges: grab a book and curl up in the stylish Ingleborough Lounge or pull up a chair and challenge someone to cards and board games in the smart Pen-y-Ghent Lounge. Stop in the Heritage Room for inspiration at our helpful Discovery Point and look out for our founder T A Leonard’s boots, long since retired and sat on the mantlepiece. Pop in to the stylish bar before dinner for a pint of excellent local ale or a favourite gin, pausing to admire the maps set into the bar itself, and retire there later to strike up conversation with other guests and swap stories of your adventures in the Dales.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Newfield Hall is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to locally sourced river trout, served with wild garlic oil and sautéed samphire, enjoy Yorkshire lamb three ways or try the Yorkshire tea and smoked Wensleydale souffle with wild mushrooms. Cap it all with a trio of Yorkshire parkin, Yorkshire pudding and Yorvdale dairy ice cream for a feast of regional flavours.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
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 for outside work
- 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
- An Easel - your leader recommends that you bring an easel with you for this holiday. Free-standing is ideal.
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.
Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House
Your leader will bring some photographic reference for students to paint from, plus some pastel paper offered at a discount if guests need to buy this.
Following a professional career as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator (with over 30 years’ experience working for blue chip clients and large financial corporate companies such as KPMG and PwC), the demand for Roberts’ expressive style of fine art paintings grew. Pursing a change of creative direction to focus entirely on his fine art career full time, many prestigious awards and sell out exhibitions soon followed.
His expressive work has created a strong following amongst collectors and art students for his unique style of work. His paintings and drawings never cease to ‘surprise’ his audiences. Students find his lively and exciting demonstrations informative at every level. Balancing traditional creative skills with an expressive instinctive response to landscape always creates an exciting outcome in Roberts work – skills he freely passes on to his keen and receptive students.
He has also contributed to a recently published and already a bestselling book called 'Artists Drawing Techniques' published by DK Life (part of Penguin books) and is currently working on a brand new book for leading publisher ‘Search Press’ with a solo book focusing on his dynamic and expressive drawing style.
Having led consecutively four successful holiday seasons for HF Holidays in The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales with his popular ’Expressive Pastel’ art holidays, Robert is delighted to continue to share his wealth of creative talent with his number one media with you all for 2020 and beyond.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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