WORKSHOPS & VENUE

All workshops are at Embsay Village Hall at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.... Sat Nav: BD23 6RE

Due to Covid19 Social Distancing All Workshops are on hold until further notice…

Good news… the hall is currently in the process of deep-cleaning and providing all the necessary precautions such as hand sanitisers etc so it may be opening again within next few months – no dates confirmed yet.

Due to Social Distancing Measures the days of the workshops have changed.

Open Art Sessions are now on Fridays in the Main Hall – Maximum of 8 artists, 1 artist per table

Art Workshops are still in the Supper Room but a maximum of 4 artists, 1 artist per table

Please use the contact form (see Contact Page) or Subscribe (see Footer below) to be notified when Sessions re-start

Thank you…

Open Art Sessions​

Every Friday 1 - 3pm

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

Booking 
Places are limited to 8 and payment is required at the time of booking through Stripe banking

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

Refunds
Although refunds can’t be given, substitutions are welcome should you find you are unable to attend – just let us know.

Starter Workshops

1st Wednesday in the month 12.30 - 3.30

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…

Refunds

Although refunds can’t be given, substitutions are welcome should you find you are unable to attend – just let us know.

Portrait Workshops

3rd Wednesday in the month 12.30 - 3.30

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)

You can book either workshop on it’s own, you don’t need to book both, but for those artists who do want to do both there is a small discount of 10% overall if both are booked at the same time/in the same month

Drawing, Pastels & Watercolour workshop details below…

Refunds

Although refunds can’t be given, substitutions are welcome should you find you are unable to attend – just let me know.

Drawing Starter Workshops

1st Wednesday in the Month 12.30 - 3.30

2 September - 2 December

3 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

Cost:  Just £40 including all materials, you simply turn up and draw  
Places are limited to a maximum of 4 artists to ensure artists receive individual guidance

Advanced Drawing Portrait

3rd Wednesday in the Month 12.30 - 3.30

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

Places are limited to a maximum of 4 artists to ensure individual guidance

All portrait workshops have a choice 6 images (with their templates) 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 – many artists bring their favourite actor 

 You also have the option to work  from B&W (tones are easier to guage) or colour images, all of which are prepared for you so that you can start working on your portrait as soon as the session begins. 

 

Eles - March

Eles - create their texture/shadow, form, and life

Female - 19 June

Young faces to older faces full of character...

Male - 16 September

Young faces or older faces full of character...

Pastel Starter Workshops

1st Wednesday in the Month 12.30 - 3.30

7 August - 6 November
3 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 3 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
Practice your skills by creating a landscape painting

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

3rd Wednesday in the Month 12.30 - 3.30
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

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

Horse - 19 August

Discover how to create soft, velvety noses, expressive eyes and silky manes

Golden Eagle image for Kate Wests Pastel Portrait Workshop
Raptor - 19 November

Created using pastel pencils for those who hate the mess but love the effect of pastel

Watercolour Starter Workshops

1st Wednesday in the Month 12.30 - 3.30

5 August - 4 November
3 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

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

3rd Wednesday in the Month 12.30 - 3.30

Places are limited to a maximum of 4 artists

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

Paper, brushes, basic colours and palettes etc. are all provided along with a template for an immediate start on your portrait

If you are not confident and experienced in mixing colours from a basic set you will need to bring some colours with you – advice will be give once you have decided on your animal, so don’t worry about the colour choices

CostJust £50 including most materials, you simply turn up and paint

Donkeys-Saying Hello on Kate West's website
Donkeys - April

Donkeys, Al Pacas and Giraffes - the wonderfully comedic animals we love

Kingfisher image for watercolour workshop with Kate West
Birds - 15 July

Cockerels, ducks and swans to kingfishers - the wonderfully colourful birds

Stag - 21 October

Stags, deer and fawns to Highland Cattle - all work well in loose or detailed style