Moor and Sea | 16th - 18th September 2016

Single £595* | Double £795* (*Raven Hall Hotel, Bed & Breakfast & Friday Meal)

(Fee with no accommodation £350**)

"Palette and Trowel believe that the intellectual experiences and challenges we offer, coupled with social opportunities, provide the ideal environment in which to explore, engage and excite!"

The dramatic North Yorkshire coast has been an inspiration for artists and a place of fascination for antiquaries and archaeologists for centuries. The combination of moor and sea, villages and towns located in deep valleys provides the perfect setting to explore through art and archaeology how humans have transformed these landscapes. 


Our exploration of moor and sea will be based at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar, North Yorkshire. The programme includes time when we will all be together and time that can be spent either painting with Kane or exploring the archaeology of the area with John


Numbers are strictly limited to 20. There will be no more than 10 people with either Kane or John.   


For our weekend events there are no minimum numbers. This is a Palette and Trowel commitment to our future guests and holiday makers.


*IMPORTANT NOTICE: The fee includes accommodation (bed and breakfast) on Friday and Saturday nights, the evening meal on Friday night, and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Guests may make their own arrangements for a meal on Saturday night or they may choose to join Kane and John for dinner.  This Saturday evening meal is not included in the fee.


**IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you choose this option you must make your own arrangement for accommodation.  Fee includes dinner on Friday night and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. 



Friday Evening: Meal at hotel followed by Introductory Lecture by Kane and John

As guests will be travelling from across the country we intend to make the evening light and entertaining. At 9 pm after an evening meal we will give a short talk about our work as an artist and as an archaeologist. This will include slides and an outline of the weekend programme.


Saturday: Painting at Raven Hall / Archaeological tour between Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay

On Saturday morning we will explore the prehistoric and industrial landscape at Ravenscar as a group.  We will use this to reflect upon the landscape and the interactions between art and archaeology.  In the afternoon after lunch at the hotel, we will split into two groups. Kane and his group will spend the afternoon painting on site at the hotel. John will lead his group on a tour of the archaeological landscape between Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay. 


On Saturday evening there will be an opportunity for both groups to come together, chat about the day and to share thoughts and experiences.


Sunday: Painting at Raven Hall / Archaeological tour of Viking and medieval landscapes at Lythe and Mulgrave Castle

Kane and his group will continue painting at Raven Hall Hotel. John will lead the archaeology group on a tour of the Viking sculptures at Lythe and the medieval landscapes of power on the Mulgrave estate. 


The groups will come together for a final time at the Raven Hall Hotel for a final discussion and reflection on the weekend. There will be a group photograph before finishing at 5pm.


Please note that all times given in the Itinerary for the Archaeology and Painting programmes are for guidance only and may be subject to alteration on the day.


No experience required


The main aim of the painting course is to introduce techniques and processes that help the painter to fully respond to the landscape. The course will show through demonstrations and through tutor led discussions that watercolour is a medium that allows for full expression. This course is designed to push the boundaries of experienced watercolour painters, though also structured in a way to allow the beginner to learn techniques that will give them the confidence and knowledge to leap beyond the traditional watercolour class!.


Detailed Programme




Guests and Partners

We have chosen specific hotels with great facilities to allow partners or friends to come along. They can join us for the evening meal on Friday but please note that we will require notice and a supplement (please see booking form for details). Partners and friends can join in all social gatherings at the end of days two and three.


This weekend will include a lot of walking activity on the archaeology option. The painting option is suited to those with mobility issues. If you do have concerns about your fitness please get in touch and we will be happy to advise.

What's Included

  • Expert personal tuition and guidance by Kane Cunningham and John Oxley

  • Accommodation at the Raven Hall Hotel

  • Transport to Lythe and Mulgrave

  • Meal on Friday evening with wine

  • Lunches on Saturday and Sunday

  • Guide Notes

What's Excluded

  • Travel to Ravenscar - you must arrange your own travel to and from the Raven Hall Hotel at the start and end of each day if you are not staying at the hotel

  • Meal on Saturday Evening

Hotel Information: Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar

This year the price of the weekend will include Bed & Breakfast and an Evening meal on the Friday at Raven Hall Hotel


You may wish to extend your stay at the Raven Hall Hotel, or you may wish to stay in one of the many cottages, guest-houses and small hotels that are located in and between Scarborough and Whitby. You can book accommodation at the Raven Hall Hotel by contacting +44 (0) 1723 870353 at .  If you intend to extend your stay can you please contact Palette and Trowel so we are aware of these arrangements.




Important Notice

All painting will be completed outside in the landscape and in the grounds of the hotel. In extreme conditions we will venture back inside local accommodation booked for the event. However, battling with the elements is part of the experience of painting in the landscape. Therefore, please have appropriate clothing ready to wear. This should include a hat, waterproof jacket, warm underwear, boots and gloves. Waterproof clothing and walking footwear are essential for the archaeology group.

Materials Required

Please bring painting equipment to include:


  • an outdoor easel

  • watercolour paints

  • water container

  • brushes

  • paper

  • bulldog clips

  • a painting board

  • tube of Payne's Grey & Titanium White



The watercolour paper should be at least 300lb (640gsm). Watercolour paper is a personal choice, however, Arches, Bockingford or Saunders is acceptable for the weekend.


Stockist: Ken Bromley -



You can purchase a set of brushes designed by myself in the gift set section of Rosemary & Co. The Extreme Range are brushes I use in the landscape, but a set of your own brushes which include a similar selection are acceptable for the course.


Camera equipment

Simply bring whatever camera you have available. We will discuss the technical aspects of taking a good image, such as shutter speed, depth of field and filters. However we will also discuss composition, effects of light and  image content.