Painting Workshops 2019-2020

Kate Bentley S.W.A.  is a professional, award-winning artist

When time allows Kate runs private art courses and painting workshop in the Lyth Valley in the Southern Lake District.

The workshops generally cover  acrylics and watercolour on a variety of themes:

  • figures
  • experimental watercolours
  • landscapes
  • and more

Kate has broad teaching experience and in the past has worked for painting holiday specialists Authentic Adventures, Solo Holidays and P&O Cruises.

Read some of the recommendations from Kate’s students

If nothing suits you at the moment but you would like to be informed of future art courses, please make contact through my ‘contact’ page to request updates.

Sat 26th & 27th October

Wild Winter Landscapes and Seascapes in Acrylics/Mixed media……FULL..please ask to be on the reserve list

Level-suitable for all ….except complete beginner

This workshop is designed for those who love the drama of wild landscape and seascapes and relish the challenge of capturing winter skies, storms ,dramatic light and moody mists . Kate will initially discuss effective ways of using colour,perspective, texture and colour temperature  in your landscape painting to create depth and substance in your paintings. Demonstrations of glazing techniques, palette knife use and mark making will also feature heavily giving you an opportunity to experiment and refine technique. This course will encourage confident mark making, ideal for those who want to  move out of their comfort zone .

£185 for 2 day workshop inc 2 lovely lunches and all refreshments.

Feedback from Kate's last workshop in April 19

“Just returned from Kate’s latest workshop which has been most inspirational leaving me wanting to paint with so many more different techniques and ideas. Can’t wait for the next one!!”-Roger

“Kate’s weekend workshops are always very informative and effective, her informal communication ensures attendees can implement her lessons easily. I would highly recommend her workshops to any painter who wants to improve and expand their techniques’-Mike

“Another excellent painting weekend.  Exciting demonstrations of new techniques and very helpful individual advice”.-Kath

“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed my two days with you on the workshop . We did all work hard , there wasn’t much chatter was there we were so engrossed ! But the class folk were friendly ,and how lucky they are these locals to have you on their doorstep for ‘ lessons ‘ !!
My thanks again for a very informative and constructive two sessions . I learnt a lot , let’s hope I can remember it all !!”-Jean .


Feedback from Kate's last workshop in April 19

‘I was looking to learn from an artist to whose work I could directly relate and I had spent a while searching online. I took advantage of a last minute cancellation opportunity on an acrylics course with Kate. Acrylics had never been my first choice of medium, in-fact I hadn’t used them until two weeks before the course. I didn’t master acrylics in two days, but I learnt a lot about how to improve my landscape painting. I was exposed to so many new techniques, which I have been practicing and enjoying at home. The venue makes a great studio for course participants. I’m just disappointed that I am unable to attend the next course.



Sat 9th &10th Nov

Wild Expressive Winter Landscapes and Seascapes in Watercolour……Now Full ..please ask to be put on the reserve list if interested


Level-suitable for all ….except complete beginner

This workshop is geared for all those who have completed a taster session in watercolours with either myself or another tutor.

The power of suggestion and mood making are our key goals in this workshop.

Taking landscape and seascapes as our inspiration we will initially explore techniques for loosening up using expressive mark marking and numerous techniques using special effects. Creating samples will enable us to have confidence to explore different media application in our paintings.

We will discuss brush and surface use / creating textures  /wet in wet technique/lifting technique/ colour and aerial perspective/mediums and their uses

The pace of this workshop is gentle to enable the beginner and cautious painter plenty of time to ask questions,to experiment and to ask for demonstrations. Students with greater capability will not be discouraged from proceeding at their own pace and will be pushed !

Cost-£185 for 2 days tuition ,2 lovely lunches and refreshments throughout.




Sat 29th Feb & Sun 1st March

Watercolour Skills for total beginners.

This 2 day workshop is designed for those who have little or no experience in painting but would love to know more and require encouragement and guidance to get going.

Kate will, through a series of demonstrations and follow-me type exercises reveal some trade secrets and tips to help you initially grasp the basics of drawing.  .This will be followed up with extensive information and demonstrations on how to get to grips with watercolour paints using landscape elements as a starting block. The course will initially concentrate on materials, colour mixing and brush technique.

 We will finish the session off by painting a simple Lakeland scene.

Material list to be advised or materials can be hired.

£185 for 2 day courses which includes 2 lunches & refreshments

£200 for 2 day courses which includes all materials, 2 lunches & refreshments

This workshop will not run if I dont have enough interest by December 2019,so dont delay and please contact me to provisionally book  and put this date in your diary 


Fabulous Workshop Venue

Brigsteer Hall

Newly built, eco-friendly, bright and spacious
Brigsteer Village Hall,
Brigsteer, Nr Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8AL
  • All courses are run at this venue unless stated otherwise
  • Courses commence at 10am and finish at 4pm
  • Materials can be hired

How to Book

  • Contact – First make contact with Kate for courses to ensure there is a vacancy.
  • Form – Secondly, please download and fill out the booking form or ask me to email/post it to you and return asap with a cheque to the address on the form.
  • Equipment – Can also be hired – £9 per day for watercolours, £13 per day for acrylics.

Download the Booking Form (Word file)