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Learn how to see through an artist’s eye and draw more confidently - Skipton


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Starter Workshop...

We can all draw with a little know how and practice. Did you know that our 'left brain' often gets in the way of our 'right brain' - the creative side of the brain? Find out how it tricks us and some techniques to fool it.

For instance, when was the last time you truly looked at something? If you have never taken the time to look and really observe a tree, a flower or animal then how can you can expect to draw it?

Kate will show you just how easy it is to look at things as an artist and to see how each part of something relates to another. From this simple starting point it’s just one more step to putting this down on paper.

After this workshop you will see the world differently and be able to sketch and draw more confidently.

You will also experiment with a variety of different drawing papers, pencils etc. to discover what works for you and learn how to create some of subtle effects that different pencils and erasers can achieve.

All the above will be brought together in the last hour or so of the session when you create a drawing from a choice of 6 photos emailed to you (or your own if you prefer).

To book your place contact Kate through the button above or book online through Kate’s website (link is also above).

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

Please note this is a Starter workshop and the aim is to kick-start your observational skills, to show you what to look for in any situation (landscape, buildings, animals) and then show you how to accurately put these down on paper

If you are familiar with positive/negative space, angles, comparative measuring, sighting, tonal values and how to create them, grids etc. and have good observational skills then the pencil portraits would be more appropriate to hone these skills.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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. Skipton and 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.


Kate West at Kate West
Embsay with Eastby Village Hall
Main Street
Embsay, Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 6RE
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  • Suitable for beginners
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  • Wheelchair users

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- - #25562

I enjoyed this drawing workshop as I had never been to one before and it made me look at images in a different way. Trying out different types of pencils was very illuminating and has whet the appetite to pursue this hobby.

Response from Kate West:

Hi Caroline, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. You helped create a lovely 'working' group and so good to know that you now see the world a little differently and are inspired to pursue your creativity!

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- - #25498

Excellent introduction to drawing. Kate was an extremely good teacher - patient and kind. The afternoon was very well structured with instruction and mini exercises first and then time to put it all into practice by creating our own drawing. Plenty of supplies available to try different pencils etc. All in all a very enjoyable and instructive afternoon.

Response from Kate West:

Hello Gilly, Caroline, Jane and Pip, not sure which one of you lovely ladies has left such wonderful review but whoever it was thank you!

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