Expressive Pastels in the Yorkshire Dales
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Be inspired by the magnificent landscapes and characterful towns of the Yorkshire Dales National Park 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 Newfield 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
Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.
Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.
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
• 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 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.
Monday: 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.
Tuesday: Introduction to pastels - exploring and painting different landscape compositions
We’ll spend our first day indoors at Newfield Hall, exploring lots of different pastel techniques and creating our first Yorkshire Dales landscape. We’ll get a solid understanding and some great practical experience; learning how to work with the versatile medium of pastels will help us confidently create colourful, dramatic and expressive pastel paintings by the end of the day.
Wednesday: Expressive pastels in the Yorkshire Dales
We'll head to Malham Village and our leader will show us how to expressively interpret the landscape all around us. We’ll enjoy regular group and one-to-one tuition throughout our day. This is an easy-going painting day, with plenty of amenities on hand, including several lovely tea shops! We'll head back to Newfield Hall mid-afternoon for further tuition and work on our pieces.
Thursday: Expressive Pastels at Malham Cove
Today we'll head to the inspirational landscape of Malham Cove offering us amazing creative compositions. After a short demonstration, your leader will show you how to interpret this ‘big’ landmass, and you’ll discover many new and exciting ways to expressively paint with pastels. We'll head back to Newfield Hall mid-afternoon for further tuition and finish off our pieces indoors.
After dinner we have a sociable get-together with the other guests in the country house, having invited them to our fun, informal (and entirely optional) mini exhibition of the wonderful paintings we’ve created.
Friday: 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 for loan at the Country House.
Discover the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.
Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.
During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.
White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield 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
Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler
Travel to Malhamdale
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The nearest train station is at Skipton. 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).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £10 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. pre-booked taxis cost approx £15 per journey. 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 Newfield Hall Manager.
From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.
From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton. Alternatively a pre-booked taxi direct to Newfield Hall would cost around £60.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - 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 Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
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