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Discover the vibrancy & versatility of watercolours in a half-day workshop in Skipton

Duration: Half-day / 3 hours

Price: £48

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

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 6, 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!

During the session you will be creating a painting of a landscape with a tree (photo provided or bring your own, special image) so you will have a completed painting to take home.

Your own copy of reference sheets and the session's workbook will remind you of what you have discovered during the workshop. The workbook and other info will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.

Joining instructions, including directions to Embsay are sent out to all participants in the week before the workshop.

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 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.

Tea, coffee and biscuits available throughout the workshop.
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. There is a free car park 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.

Want to review this course?

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,

- - #25217

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.

Enjoyable, very well organised course.

- - #25108

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.

Great workshop, learnt a lot

- - #22935

Response from Kate West:

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

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.

- - #22933

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.

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.

- - #20681

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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Course Start Dates

Friday 3rd January 2020
Friday 3rd April 2020
Friday 3rd July 2020
Friday 2nd October 2020
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Advanced/professional level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners

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