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Create stunning art using pastels, find out how and what works for you with Kate West


Duration: Half day / 3 hours

Price: £40

Book with: Kate West
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Embsay with Eastby Village Hall
Main Street
Embsay, Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 6RE

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About the Course

Pastels create soft fur, velvety noses and expressive eyes in realistic or more vibrant, semi-figurative styles. Landscapes and flowers come to life. These workshops are small groups of up to 6.

In this 3 hour workshop you will:
– experiment with different papers and pastels to find out which ones work for you
– learn how to use the many different tools available to pastel artists
– develop the skills of blocking in, layering and applying the fine details​
... and also have a lot of fun in the process!

Many artists complete one painting to take home, those whose pace is more measured receive guidance by email to help in it's completion.

Workshops run from 12.30 to 3.30 pm on Fridays, dates as listed above.

To book your place contact Kate through the button above or book online through Kate’s website (link is also above). Kate offers a £5 discount for all courses booked up to one month in advance, price returns to £40 after this. Full t&cs on her website.

Workshops run from 12.30 to 3.30 pm on Fridays, dates as listed above.

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?

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided along with light refreshments.
There are numerous cafes in Skipton and there are The Cavendish and the Elm Tree pubs in Embsay itself that offer food too for those traveling some distance.
The Market Town of Skipton and village of Embsay are on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales for those who love walking or exploring while they are here.

Please bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothing.



Want to review this course?

I've attended 2 of Kate's workshops (Watercolour Starter, and Drawing Starter), have signed up for the Pastels Starter and hope to be able to attend one of the Pastels Portrait workshops. Kate's very keen that you take away not just plenty of information at the end of the session, but most of the time is hands-on, with opportunities to try new techniques. She keeps the number of attendees low, so there's plenty of time for one-to-one guidance. Thank you, Kate.

- - #23132

Response from Kate West:

Hi Colin, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and your kind comments. Thanks also for the enthusiasm and participation you brought to the sessions! Great to know that you have enjoyed the sessions and looking forward to working with you again for the pastel workshops.

Loved Kate's course. Her passion for pastels is infectious and her kind, gentle and interactive approach to teaching made it very enjoyable. I have had pastels for years and not done much with them, but Kate has given me the motivation and inspiration to really get going with them!

- - #15993

Give it a try you won't be dissapointed I had a lovely morning with Katie and the small group that attended that day. Course moved at a nice pace and I learnt some great tips. I was by far the most ammateur in the group having not lifted any piece of art equipment since leaving school some twenty years ago!! However the friendly nature of the group and tutour meant that I did not feel intimidated in any way and hope to be going on another of Katies courses very soon. It has given me some passion back and I hope (if I can find the time!!) to put what I have learnt into practice. Thank You Katie :)

- - #13375

A lovely three hours, lots of information given and a host of materials to experiment with. I didn’t finish my pieces, but left with lots of enthusiasm!

- - #13348

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Course Start Dates

Friday 15th November 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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