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This workshop provides an exclusive opportunity to spend the day painting in one of the most famous Arts and Crafts gardens in the country featuring intricately designed spectacular outdoor ‘rooms’.

There will be plenty of opportunity to capture the atmosphere of Hidcote Manor Gardens (National Trust) when the gardens are in full bloom on this one day workshop hosted by landscape artist Robin Mason.

Located in the beautiful rolling Cotswold Hills near Chipping Campden, Hidcote is a short 15 minute drive from Broadway.

Robin Mason is represented by galleries across the country and has exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. We are delighted that he’s agreed to host this very special exclusive workshop for us.  His paintings make strong use of light and shade as the basis for his compositions and he’ll share his techniques and approach to en plein air painting with you.

The workshop will consist of both demonstrations by Robin as well as working individually at this iconic location. Robin will provide individual guidance as you paint.

We have chosen to host this workshop on a Friday as it is the quietest day of the week to visit.  The gardens can get extremely busy at weekends in June when the gardens are at their most magnificent. We’ve worked with the team at the National Trust to give you the best opportunity to enjoy a relaxing, creative experience. The cost of your entry to the gardens is included in the ticket price.

Accessibility: The gardens are quite extensive with slopes, steps and some narrow and uneven paths. The workshop will take place in two different parts of the garden during the day so that you get the best combination of access to the gardens and maximum tuition. If you have any concerns about accessibility at the gardens please view the National Trust’s Access statement.

There is ample free parking onsite, plus cafe.

This workshop is appropriate for people with some experience of oil painting (not suitable for beginners). Materials not provided

15 Places available

Tickets £95 (includes entry fee to the gardens)

(Second date added due to huge interest)

Materials list:

  • Pochade box and tripod or easel
  • 3 or 4 Boards or canvases (8×10 or 10×12 inches) primed with a wash or yellow ochre or raw umber (thin wash with turps)
  • Oil Paints: White, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Orange & Red, Paynes Grey, Alizarin Crimson, Flesh Tint.
  • White spirit or other paint thinners
  • Linseed Oil
  • Brushes (Filbert Hog)
  • Palette knife
  • Kitchen towel
  • Handwipes
  • Empty bag for rubbish
  • Matchsticks to help carry paintings or a panel carrier
  • Sunhat and lotion
  • Water (& lunch)
  • Umbrella for rain or shine although a gazebo will be available
  • Apron – you can order a Broadway Arts Festival apron that will be handed to you on the day



“Coastal Garden” by Robin Mason



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