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



Due to the CoVid19 restrictions and the hours available to run the workshops being reduced to from 3 to 2 the numbers of artists in a session has been reduced to maintain the individual attention ​that these workshops have.

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 4

In this 2 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 12.55 to 3.00 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 above).

Please note: this is an introduction/beginners workshop.

If you are a working artist seeking advice on your current project it is not really fair to interrupt this short workshop. Please book a portrait workshop in your medium (see my other listings) and let me know at the beginning of the workshop that you would like a few minutes AFTER the workshop has finished and I will be more than happy to help in whatever way I can.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided so that you can just focus on the session but please bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothing.

The market town of Skipton and the village of Embsay are on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales for those who love walking or exploring while they are here.


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

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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In-person course
Christine Wood - - #28260

I attended Kate's 'Pastel Starter Workshop' last week and would recommend this course to anyone, who is either thinking of using pastels, or is coming back to using them after a period of time.
The session was a real hands-on, 'have a go' afternoon. We learned about different types and brands of pastels and also about a range of papers and techniques.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop with participants encouraged to give their thoughts and opinions about the various brands being used and also about their experiences of using pastels.

Kate offers participants in her workshops the benefit of her huge experience and very obvious skills, but alongside this she is hugely encouraging and supportive.

Thank you, Kate for another very enjoyable afternoon.

Response from Kate West:

Hi Christine, really pleased you enjoyed the workshop and found it useful and huge thanks for providing yet another thoughtful review that will help others decide whether or not the Pastel starter workshop will be useful to them.
I think you are my ‘star reviewer’!

Looking forward to seeing you again in March 🙂

In-person course
Colin Barden - - #23132

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.

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.

In-person course
Alison Abrams - - #15993

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!

In-person course
Miriam Wilson - - #13375

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 :)

In-person course
Julie - - #13348

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!

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