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

Jake pencil drawing


Starter Workshops with a maximum of 4 artists ensure you get a great start!

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.

A short workbook will be emailed to each artist to give you a head-start before the session, so it will be very much hands-on

Learn how to see what is actually there rather than what your brain 'fills in', 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 can create.

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 upon booking confirmation (or your own if you prefer).

Workshops run from 1:15pm - 3:15pm 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 portrait workshop would be more appropriate to hone these skills. Finally, Skipton and Embsay are on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for those who love walking or exploring while they are here.

Skipton is a bustling market town complete with a castle and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal running through the heart of it.
Market days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There’s lots to see and do and plenty of places for lunch prior to joining the workshop.

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

What's included in the price?

All materials are included simply turn up and enjoy the workshop!
There will be a maximum of 4 artists ensuring you have all the support and guidance you need.

Please bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothes.


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


2 hours (1:15pm to 3:15pm)

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In-person course
Ali Wilson - - #35102

Thank you for your class on drawing techniques Kate. I hadn’t drawn for ages and this course gave me the tools to get started again rather than looking at a blank page. Lots of hints and tips too, as well encouragement which was confidence building. Kate readily zoomed in on my need to be more expansive and experimental. I am certainly going to try and build upon this very positive start and experience. A great 2 hour session which went in a flash! Good value for money.

Response from Kate West:

Hi Ali,
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, especially such a lovely one, concise and to the point with everything I was aiming to achieve with this workshop.
Remember to drop me an email if you need any pointers or encouragement!
It would be great to see your work - I can put it up on here to if you wish?

In-person course
Christina Robinson - - #30617

A relaxed, informal and informative workshop with the emphasis on enjoyment. Lots of tools and tips to help beginners see a subject through an artist’s eyes. Kate loves teaching - and it shows. Highly recommended.

Response from Kate West:

Hi Christina, thank you for taking the time to leave a review it’s much appreciated as was your contribution to making it such an enjoyable afternoon (they are not always quite as good as this one as the artists themselves help make it, but shhh don’t say anything!) Kate 🙂

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
C Jaycock - - #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!

In-person course
Drawing Starter - - #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!

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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