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Creating animal portrait workshops on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales

Duration: 3 hours / half day 12.30-3.30pm

Price: £40

Run by: Kate West
at Kate West

Embsay with Eastby Village Hall
Main Street
North Yorkshire
BD23 6RE

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About the Course

** New for 2019 **
Portrait Workshops run every 1st 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.

Whilst these are all stand alone workshops they are an ideal way to develop the skills learned in the Starter workshops.

If you have an image of your own that you would like to work on and it would fit within the theme of the workshop i.e. feathers, fur or skin, just contact Kate to see which workshop would be best for you.

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.

Some of the animals chosen are:
- a horse, fox, and highland cow drawn in pastels - a great way to produce the fur and expressive eyes on specialist pastel paper using a mix of soft/hard pastels, various tools such as silicon/paper blenders, leather, brushes and pastel pencils,

- a domestic cat, a springer spaniel and baby rhino in pencil - to develop layering and blending skills and using various erasers to create depth, skin tones and fur effects,

- kingfishers in watercolours that bring to life the beautifully vibrant feathers and shape of these flashes of colour.

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!

Full details are 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.

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Course Start Dates

Friday 7th June 2019
Friday 2nd August 2019
Friday 6th September 2019
Friday 4th October 2019
Friday 1st November 2019
Friday 6th December 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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