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Open Art Sessions​

Every Wednesday from 1 - 3pm

Main Hall – Maximum of 10 artists – 1 artist per table (2m distancing)

Would you love to work on what inspires YOU?

… to work in your own medium with the comforting knowledge that help is on hand if you get stuck?

Then these sessions are just what you have been looking for…    

Kate will help you progress at your own pace, encouraging you to experiment and gain confidence safe in the knowledge that ‘happy accidents’ can be a really good thing.   All abilities welcome, this is a wonderful group of very enthusiastic artists of all abilities.

What you need to bring along
An image or object that inspires you and your own art materials – all mediums are welcome with exception of oil paints

Places are limited to 10 and payment is required at the time of booking through Stripe banking/online banking

Weekly booking in advance £12                 Monthly booking in advance £10.50 per week i.e.  £42 for 4 week month etc.

September & October are fully booked   Please Contact us to join the top of the waiting list for November


Starter Workshops

1st Friday in the month 1-3pm

Maximum of  4 artists,   1 artist per table

Itching to draw, use pastels or watercolour but not sure where to start? Join an inspiring Starter Workshop, experiment and discover what works for you.  

Learn simple techniques whilst creating your own beautiful painting . Details below…


Portrait Workshops

3rd Friday in the month 1-3pm

Maximum of  4 artists,   1 artist per table

Portrait Workshops are designed to build on newly acquired (or rusty) skills & knowledge and make an ideal follow-on to the Starter Workshops – that’s why the Starter Workshops run on the 1st Friday in a month & the Portrait Workshops run 3 weeks later (Fridays again)

Drawing, Pastels & Watercolour workshop details below…


Drawing Starter Workshops

1st Friday in the Month 1 - 3pm

4 December

2 hour workshop costs just £40 including all materials & workbook

We can all draw with a little know how and practice. For instance, when was the last time you truly looked at something? If you have never taken the time to look and really observe a tree, a flower or animal, then how can you expect to draw it?

Kate will show you just how easy it is to look at things as an artist, to see how each part of something relates to another.  Switching off your ‘left brain’ so your ‘right brain’ kicks in is part of this process – so you will begin to realise just how often your brain prevents you from seeing many things

From this simple starting point it’s just one more step to putting this down on paper by learning many of the techniques artists use. After this workshop you will see the world differently and be able to draw more confidently

All materials are included, you simply turn up and discover how to draw in a small group of 4 artists just like you who want to draw but have no idea how to start or what use (what’s a putty rubber or blender and how/why/when would you use it?)

Advanced Drawing Portrait

Sessions are now over for 2020

Pastel Starter Workshops

1st Friday in the Month 1 - 3pm

2 October 6 November
2 hour workshop costs just £45 including all materials & workbook

Places are limited to a maximum of 4 artists to ensure you will receive plenty of individual guidance

This 2 hour workshop is designed to save you significant money! One box of professional pastels can cost more than £45.  You will try many pastels, papers and tools to find out what combination works for YOU…  
Experiment with different papers and pastels to discover which ones work for you – papers include velour, pastelmat, Canson, Ingres and pastels include Inscribe, Rembrandt, Unison and Sennelier – a lovely mix of decent student to the very best professional papers and pastels/pencils
Learn how to use the many different tools available to pastel artists
Develop the skills of blocking in, layering and applying fine details

So, if you think pastels are not for you, why not give them one last try… you may not have found your winning combination yet

Advanced Pastel Portrait

Cost: Just £45 including all materials, you simply turn up and draw

All portrait workshops have a choice 6 images (templates included so no-one is left behind)

Simply select one that gives you a challenge or a nice easy start to build upon…

If nothing inspires you then bring your own image – that’s fine too

All materials are provided

Wolf image for Pastel Portrait workshop with Kate West
Wolf - May

If you love wolves, foxes or lions this is the one for you. Focus is long hair/manes - now combined in November Workshop

Horse - Aug

Discover how to create soft, velvety noses, expressive eyes and silky manes - now combined in November Workshop

Golden Eagle image for Kate Wests Pastel Portrait Workshop
Wolf, Horse or Raptor

Created using pastel pencils and/or pastel sticks the workshop combines May & Aug workshop animals using appropiate techniques

Watercolour Starter Workshops

Friday 16 October ... 1-3pm
2 hour workshop costs just £50 including all materials and workbook

Places are limited to a maximum of 4 artists to ensure you will receive plenty of individual guidance
Starter Workshops in Watercolour, Pencil and Pastel at Embsay Village Hall

Often thought of as an unforgiving medium watercolours are a lot of fun and fast to work with once you know how

Working in a small group of 4 artists you will quickly gain confidence in

  • different weights of paper and their preparation 
  • transparent and opaque watercolours how to work with them
  • working wet-in-wet and glazing techniques
  • mixing many colours from a limited palette (creates more harmonious paintings)
  • recovery techniques and happy accidents

All materials are included, you just relax and enjoy the afternoon

Advanced Watercolour Portrait

New Date - 20 November
Donkeys-Saying Hello on Kate West's website
Donkeys - April

Donkeys, Al Pacas, Giraffes - the wonderfully comedic animals we love... Combined in October

Kingfisher image for watercolour workshop with Kate West
Birds - July

Cockerels, ducks and swans to kingfishers... Now combined in October Workshop

Deer - 20 November

Deer, fox, bird or your animal ...