Painting 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.

Sat 8th & 9th June 19             …..Places still available ..15/5/19

………….If you haven’t painted/drawn since school then what are you waiting for?!

Getting Started!-Drawing Technique and Watercolour Skills for total beginners.

This 2 day workshop is designed for those who have little or no experience 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.

£175 for 2 day courses which includes 2 lunches & refreshments





Sat 20th & 21st July………4 places left 15/5/19

Wondrous Woodlands and Trees in Acrylics

Level-suitable for all (except complete beginners.)

This workshop is geared towards those who already have a little knowledge of painting but would love to know more. Kate will initially talk through some basics, such as underpainting, palette knife /brush technique,glazing and layering techniques, colour use and composition in the landscape . to ensure you have good ground skills to progress.

The workshop will contain plenty of demonstrations and follow-me type exercises to enable you to achieve an understanding of how the structure of trees/tree types/lighting/texture will all aid you in achieving a wondrous painting of Wondrous Woodlands!

Materials can be hired.

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

" Really enjoyed the workshop, all fired up to do more and finish my paintings"-Kathryn

 "Great two days, looking forward to the next one".-Moira

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 28th & 29th Sept

Spectacular Mountains,Skies and Lakes ……in Watercolour

Level-suitable for all ….except complete beginner

Kate hails from the Lake District, so her knowledge,experience and skill of this subject matter is second to none.

Kate will initially establish the technical level for the group and will gently guide you through some tried and tested techniques suitable for your level of ability. To help you tackle this sometimes tricky subject matter, Kate will discuss colour use in landscape,good composition techniques ,ways to achieve recession and aerial perspective through a series of demonstrations and follow-me type exercises.

A few tips and tricks along the way will put you on the right track to achieving a believable and exciting mountainous landscape!

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

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)