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



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.

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

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. Due to CoVid time restriction this will be incorporated within the activities rather than a specific item.

All the above will be brought together in the last half hour 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 1 - 3 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 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.

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 due to Hall restrictions (re CoVid19) reducing the hours available to 2 - the session has been adjusted to accommodate this. You will still have time to begin your portrait and as usual I will give you as much individual email support as you need to complete the practice drawing at home.

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

CoVid19 Update
Hand sanitiser or soap to be used on entry
Sadly refreshments are no longer provided so please bring your own.
Social distancing is in place with only 1 one artist per 6ft table in a large hall, although that means plenty of room to spread out!
Each table is sanitised between sessions, chairs are rotated between sessions and one way system is in place with artists entering and leaving the building by separate doors. No entrance permitted to anyone outside each group.


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
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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
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
Verlie McCann - - #13373

Art and painting has come to life for a true beginner with the patience and knowledge of a very understanding tutor. Kate has been amazing and the classes a joy to attend.

In-person course
Rita - - #12270

This is a wonderful course. I have learned so much and produced work that I would never have thought possible, improving all the time. Thank you Katy.

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