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About the Course
Portrait Workshops run every 3rd Friday of the month from 12.30-3.30pm at Embsay Village Hall.
Subjects vary each month depending on the medium (pencil/graphite; pastel; watercolour) with each subject being chosen to develop or build on drawing skills such as seeing/creating tone and texture or laying down base coat and layering in pastel or working wet-in-wet or detailed styles for watercolour.
Workshops are limited to a maximum of 6 artists of all abilities to ensure there is plenty of time for personal attention yet still creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere so you can create your portrait.
Subjects vary each month, please see the website for a full schedule of which class runs on which date.
Create fur and expressive eyes on pastel paper using a mix of soft/hard pastels, various tools such as silicon/paper blenders, leather, brushes and pastel & charcoal pencils
Develop layering and blending skills and using various tools and pencils to create depth, skin tones and fur effects in a variety of animals and new for 2020 female/male portraits
Develop working in the different styles (loose, wet-in-wet or detailed, glazing) to create vibrant or hazy watercolour portraits
Kate will happily provide an outline ready for you to work from or you can draw the image yourself using 'Tracedown' paper. Either method will remove any anxieties and keep the focus on using the tools and enjoying the process so that the end drawing looks amazing! More confident artists will either sketch an outline or free paint.
Full details are on Kate's website (link above) or contact her directly if you are interested in bringing your own image to work on.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are provided allowing you to simply turn up and focus on creating your portrait, enjoying a relaxing afternoon with all the tea, coffee and biscuits you need to keep you going!
If you have some art materials that you really love or would like to learn how to use that's fine too though - just let Kate know.
A super workshop and as there were only two of us, 1:1 support from Kate!
I hadn't previously considered portraits, but thoroughly enjoyed the session and have been completely inspired by pastels!
Thank you, Kate for your encouragement and enthusiasm.
PS I showed my sister the pastel picture of the Highland cow and she has asked me to complete one of her horse! I may need some help, Kate!!
Christine Wood - - #26935
Response from Kate West:Hi Christine,
I really enjoyed this workshop. Katy is very good at combining tuition, but also encouraging personal style discovery and also plenty of time to put techniques into practice. There was plenty of choice of materials, with lots of ideas of what to buy to continue practicing at home. All in all a very enjoyable and informative afternoon.
Pip Carr - - #26887
Response from Kate West:Hi Pip, where do I start!
I had another very interesting and friendly afternoon with Katie and a really lovely painting gang. I had never used pastels before and struggled a bit at first but with encouragement from Katie I ended up with a picture of a fox that was quite cute. I have already booked on another course with her.
Gilly - - #24491
Response from Kate West:Hi Gilly thank you for this lovely review, it was great to work with you again. You were all a joy to work with and full of enthusiasm... Your Fox was definitely cute too!
I am quite experienced with pastels, but learned something straight away! I came away knowing more than when I arrived and having had a very enjoyable time. Teaching was good .... a very mixed ability group!
My only criticism - too short!
Paula Harmer - - #24483
Response from Kate West:Hi Paula, thanks for taking the time to leave a review, it’s really appreciated. Great to know you learned something in spite of being accomplished in pastels...
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