Art Courses & Workshops

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.

NEW FULL-Reserve list only. Course repeated in November – see below

Wondrous Woodlands in Watercolours – Saturday 16-17th Sept

Beginner/Improver level – not suitable for complete beginners.
This workshop is designed to incorporate all the skills necessary to achieve a successful landscape painting of trees and woodlands.
Kate will initially discuss effective ways of using colour in landscape painting to create depth and texture in your paintings. Composition and planning will also be key at this stage.
Plenty of demonstrations to help with your skill base. This will ensure you become confident with brush techniques for creating foliage, understanding the structure of trees/tree types/lighting/texture.
Two days of Tree heaven!
Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £175.

NEW 4 Places remaining as of 3/8/17

Mountains, Fells and Dales – Acrylics
Friday Oct 27-28th Oct

Beginner/Improver level – not suitable for complete beginners.
This workshop is designed for those who love the drama of mountain landscape and relish the challenge of capturing the weather, skies and seasons of the fells and dales.
Kate will initially discuss effective ways of using colour, colour temperature and texture 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.
Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £185.

NEW Due to high demand this is a repeat of Septembers course

Wondrous Woodlands in Watercolours
Saturday 25th – 26th November

Beginner/Improver level – not suitable for complete beginners.
This workshop is designed to incorporate all the skills necessary to achieve a successful landscape painting of trees and woodlands.
Kate will initially discuss effective ways of using colour in landscape painting to create depth and texture in your paintings. Composition and planning will also be key at this stage.
Plenty of demonstrations to help with your skill base. This will ensure you become confident with brush techniques for creating foliage, understanding the structure of trees/tree types/lighting/texture.
Two days of Tree heaven!
Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £175.

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)