Wednesday, 20 March 2013


Spurn Head and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with Rob Parkin

‘Really Wild’ Painting with Nature Artist Rob Parkin and the YWT at Spurn Head

'Birds, colour, light and flight'
This is a rare in-the-field opportunity to paint birds and landscape in an intensive two day tutored course with international nature artist Robert Parkin. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced artist, Rob will help you to create an inspiring composition and develop light and techniques while painting in one of the most remote and wild places in Yorkshire, England. Be inspired to create a work that you can develop, or a finished painting.

Date: 20/21 July 2013. £110.00  per person
Cost includes entrance to the YWT reserve at Spurn, refreshments and lunch, all materials and the use of pre-worked reference material. Evening talk and lecture by Harry Watkins, the Spurn Reserve Manager.

Materials will be provided but you are more than welcome to bring along your own brushes/pencils and any other painting materials that you find comfortable. To work swiftly and to capture the spirit of the subject and place we will be working in ChromaColour acrylic paint (supplied). This can be ‘worked’ in an oil or watercolour technique to suit your own style and preferences. We will be working on canvas board or stretched canvas for the finished piece. You are welcome to bring along watercolours if you wish to work up colour sketches.

Please note: Places are strictly limited 

This studio workshop is very special, in a very special place. Covering two days it will lead both the experienced and the novice painter to produce a piece of outstanding work, beginning with field work and leading to the studio to complete the work.

Spurn Head is a wonderful finger of land that is more an island than a land   spit. Caught between the river Humber and the North Sea it is home, and a migration stop off, to a varied and ever changing number of birds. It is also a place to discover other wildlife, often shy and fleeting that hide among the sheltered dunes and plant cover. All combine to inspire art. The dynamics of this coastline are very evident at Spurn. The enormous lighthouse (which you can visit and work from if you wish) and the only permanently manned lifeboat station in the UK are testimony to the wild coastline. The extensive mudflats on the Humber side of Spurn play host to many waterfowl and waders, which are all part of this dynamic shifting landscape of coastal erosion.

The workshop will offer the chance to do a little bird and animal spotting - field glasses and/or a scope is recommended. We will have the opportunity to study the landscape and to record and sketch ideas for the studio. I will suggest ways for you to create strong and unusual composition, and highlight some of my own ideas working alongside each individual workshop member. Light is all in painting, and I hope that we can create images that will demonstrate how light combined with good composition can bring a painting to life. We will be working indoors and out, and we will have the chance to listen to members of the YWT when they explain more about Spurn and its wildlife. This workshop offers all who love wildlife, art and painting the chance to work in the wild and with nature. It will be intensive and it will be fun. No matter what the weather we will produce work, and we will be inspired by Spurn and by each other.

Booking details:
To book, or to reserve a place(s) please contact me directly by e-mail
By telephone on +44 (0)1751 432 948.
Or write to:
Robert Parkin. Cow Syke Farm, Bransdale, Fadmoor, York. YO62 7JL

Places can be reserved by deposit

A full itinerary and details (including location and accommodation) will be available by the end of March 2013
Places to eat and stay (to suit all pockets) can be found by using the links listed below. Please contact me directly for more information.

Yorkshire Tourist Board website

A location map for the Spurn reserve and studio workshop area can be found on:

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