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.

23rd& 24th February 2019         4 places remaining on 5/1/19

Loosening up with Watercolours

A fantastic opportunity for those of you who want to loosen up, experiment, learn new skills and want  to absorb yourself for 2 days in a creative environment. Kate will be passing on tips and tricks to help you move away from convention and to experiment more with this versatile medium.Deemed to be one of Kate’s most popular courses because let’s face it, underneath it all we all like to have a bit of fun splattering paint about. Wildly pushing the boundaries of conventional watercolours this course isn’t for the faint-hearted or illustrative types.

Day 1– We will explore a wealth of different approaches and surfaces to inspire creativity on a new level. We will also be considering scale, composition and presentation.Initially we will work from ‘Life’ which helps with speed and spontaneity .

We will be using a clothed figure, still life arrangements and flowers as our subject matter

 Day 2 – We will be looking at Landscapes and Seascapes -You will be encouraged to bring along your own personality, style and subject preferences to the second day or you can continue with themes from day 1.

Your aim for the end of the 2 days?
…less on the lines of finished paintings, more on the lines of a scrap book full of ideas ,studies and paintings in progress.

Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £185.





Sat 13 &14th April 19                     – 5 places remaining on 5/1/19

Moorlands, Fells and Skies through the Seasons–Acrylics

Beginner/Improver level

This workshop is designed for those who love the drama of wild 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. This course will encourage confident mark making, ideal for those with guts to try something different and to move out of their comfort zone As techniques for painting snow is frequently requested ,it will also feature in this workshop.

Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £175.





Sat 11th &12th May 19   5 places remaining 8/1/19

Create a Masterpiece ….Every time!

Any media-

Do you often paint from your own photographs but always end up disappointed with the end results? Do you have draw full of photos bursting to be translated into paint but you don’t know where to start?

This 2 day workshop is designed for those who already have a little experience in painting but would love to know how to move their painting up a notch. Painting from your own photographs , often seen as the easy option, can lead to a disappointing outcome and mediocre paintings. Kate will guide you through theoretical and practical advice of how to overcome the pitfalls and to help you achieve better results. Time will be allocated to each student to give individual guidance and direction.

As well as looking at the academic stuff ..composition, planning, tonal values, sketch books, format and scale and will move onto the fun stuff… palette choice, mood changes ,expressive mark making and impressionism.

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



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)