Painting Workshops 2019

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 20th & 21st July………1 place left 3/7/19

Wondrous Woodlands and Trees in Acrylics

Level-suitable for Beginners and Improvers (not suitable for 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 demonstrate and  talk through some key areas, 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!

Some trade secrets and experimental ideas are bound appear in the demonstrations so be prepared to be adventurous!

Materials can be hired.

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



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.

Sat 26th & 27th October

Wild Winter Landscapes and Seascapes in Acrylics/Mixed media

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 .

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 9th &10th Nov

Wild Expressive Winter Landscapes and Seascapes in Watercolour


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 !


Details to follow

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)