Discover the vibrancy & versatility of watercolours in a 2 hour workshop in Skipton

Woodland Steps by Kathleen


Discover how to mix watercolours without the stress and disappointment of muddiness! It really is easy once you know a few little details such as mixing transparent and opaque colours causes this. These workshops are small groups of up to 4, ensuring individual attention for every artist.

Find out:
- how to tell whether a colour is transparent or opaque
- a few of the different ways of working with this wonderful medium, such as glazing and wet-on-wet
- a little colour theory i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary colours and how to mix them, which leads onto...
- how to mix a wider range of colours from a limited number of pigments to create a more harmonious painting
- how to lift 'mistakes' or turn them into 'happy accidents' which often results in a better, if unexpected painting

All of which leads on to you relaxing, experimenting and having some fun with this wonderful medium!

In the week prior to the workshop joining instructions are sent out to all participants, including your own copy of reference sheets and the session's workbook to serve as a reminder of what you have discovered during the workshop.

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

What's included in the price?

All materials and brushes etc are included, the only things you need to bring along with you are an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing as some pigments are staining and difficult to remove.

Due to Covid19 restrictions refreshments are no longer provided in the Hall itself, however, lunch is available in a huge number of cafes and pubs in Skipton (around 3 miles away) and both the The Cavendish and the Elm Tree pubs in Embsay itself offer food.

Free car parking available directly across the road from Embsay Village Hall (The Elm Tree pub is next to the car park too).

Skipton and Embsay are on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, beautiful walking country if you are staying in the area on holiday.


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
  • Wheelchair users


2 hours (1:00pm to 3:00pm)

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In-person course
Christine Wood - - #25217

Thank you for a very enjoyable workshop last Friday. The three hours passed so quickly!

The workshop really encouraged me to keep going with my painting and to try out new ideas and techniques. There was lots of encouragement and support and you gave us lots of useful hints and tips.

I very much look forward to attending another of your workshops.

I would be very happy to recommend you and your workshops to friends and family.

Thank you again,

Response from Kate West:

Hi Christine

Thank you so much for taking time to leave such a positive review and for recommending the the workshops to your friends and family. It is very much appreciated.

You were all keen to experiment and very good listeners - an absolute joy to work with.

Looking forward to working with you again when you join the Open Art group whom I’m sure you will love as they are such friendly and enthusiastic artists.

In-person course
Joyce Purkis - - #25108

Enjoyable, very well organised course.

Response from Kate West:

Hi Joyce, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. You were all such a lovely group of artists to work with and I really enjoyed it too.

In-person course
Dave - - #22935

Great workshop, learnt a lot

Response from Kate West:

Hi Dave, thanks for taking the time to leave a quick review, it is very much appreciated!

In-person course
Caroline Jaycock - - #22933

I really enjoyed this workshop as I learnt some basic tips and it has encouraged me to start painting again after a three year gap.

Response from Kate West:

Hi Caroline, so good to know you are encouraged to start painting again after a 3 year gap!
You and the other artists were a joy to work with and it was one of the most enjoyable sessions with wonderful trees created - these will now be added to images advertising this course... I have taken on board the suggestions you all kindly made.

In-person course
Emma Nock - - #20681

I really enjoyed this short introduction to watercolours. I learnt several important techniques and have gained the confidence to get started with watercolours at home.

Response from Kate West:

The main aim of the workshop was developing the skills to work confidently with watercolours, something that you did really well - your mix of gray from tertiary colours was amazing! Good to know you had a successful 'launch' into this wonderful medium and thank you for taking the time to provide this review. Kate

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