Testimonials from some of Kate's Lake District painting course students

Painting workshop on location in the Lake District

“Hi Kate. Many thanks for the great day I had working with you. I found the individual attention so helpful and the critique you gave me about my portfolio was very constructive and most encouraging. I now have a range of personal strategies that will enable me to progress further when undertaking new paintings or re-presenting ones already started and then abandoned! It was also very beneficial to have your support when I started working on my new seascape painting. I can certainly recommend these individual workshops to anyone else who might be interested in taking up the opportunity for artistic development they provide. Very worthwhile indeed.”
Wendy, Kendal

“Hi Kate. It was lovely to finally meet you today! On behalf of the Scotby Art Group can I thank you for such an enjoyable and instructive day. It flew by far too quickly! It’s the first time that I’ve known the whole group to be so positive and full of praise for our guest artist!! A real compliment to your relaxed manner and thorough knowledge of and skill with watercolour painting. They are extremely keen for you to come back again!! I hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and that you would be happy to return.”
Pam, Carlisle

“Dear Kate. A huge thank you from us all regarding the workshop that took place on the 11th November. Many people thanked me for arranging it and it was great to see so many people happy with their own work. Well done and thanks again.”
Tinnie Naylor, Silverdale

“Hi Kate. Thanks again for a very enjoyable three days, you looked after us all very well. I met a nice group of people, couldn’t have been better. I now need to put everything I’ve been taught into practice.”
Betty, Kirkby Stephen

“I have attended Kate Bentley’s drawing and painting classes and have found her to be in fact the best art teacher I have ever had. I am a professional artist myself so have experienced many teachers over the years. Kate is highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable teacher. She respects her pupils and can be honest with them at the same time as being supportive and encouraging. She is able to bring the best out of you without judging you – a rare gift in a teacher. Her own paintings are of a very high standard and she regularly wins awards.”
Delcia McNeil

Painting holiday workshop on location in the Lake District

“An excellent teacher with a wealth of skills and knowledge that Kate is happy to pass on to her students. Excellent demonstrations of process and working methods allow students to see an artist at work and enables them to develop their owm art practice with greater confidence.”
Sally Payne

“Very helpful, I learned lots of new extremely useful techniques and tools. I now feel more confident in my art and much more able to achieve the goals I wish to succeed in. I clearly understood everything because of the way she delivered it, it was clear, interesting and easy to understand. One of the best art teachers I have ever had, and I really enjoyed working with her.”
Robin Goodfellow

“Kate is a very patient and inspirational teacher. I have just had a one-to-one painting day with her and I am delighted with my results, she encourages but also gives constructive criticism. When I’ve practised the new techniques I’ve learned today I will certainly be booking another class with her.”
Sandra Orr

“Wonderful art, beautifully presented. Her work keeps you enthralled and coming back to discover more depths.”
Geoff Harris, 2nd Image Photography

“All the classes I have attended have been excellent. Kate is patient, professional and capable, always teaching the individual. I did not think when I started that I would be any good – but now 12 months later three of my paintings are framed, Thanks to Kate I now feel confident and able to enjoy and be proud of my paintings. I have also bought one of Kate’s painting, it’s fabulous, a real conversation piece – love it! Kate’s work is interesting, different and imaginative – a great talent.”
Ann Fitch

“Kate’s hand’s-on approach, willingness to demonstrate, great humour and
extensive knowledge make her a great tutor on the painting holidays I have been fortunate enough to do with her. I would definitely choose her as tutor again.”
Anne Ware

“I have attended art classes and one day workshops with Kate over the past 9 years and have benefitted greatly from her classes, demonstrations and individual tuition, all of which were of a very high standard. Kate encourages students to work in their own styles whilst also helping to develop skills outside their own comfort zone. I found her an inspirational teacher and would thoroughly recommend her.”
Valerie Hamnett

“After searching for someone who could take me beyond wishy washy water colours I found Kate and was not disappointed. Excellent tuition and support. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn water colour painting using traditional and innovative techniques.”
John Quinton

“Have seen Kate’s work on various art trails at at her studio in the Lakes – her paintings are stunning and varied in content – portraits, figurative paintings, landscapes, still life…using real and imaginary settings and using different media. My favourites are her landscapes using deep, rich colours, we have a couple of Kate’s paintings and have borrowed work from time to time to hang on our walls. Would be delighted to have any of Kate’s work on our walls.”
Sue Hayward

Some fantastic news (and very surprising).
I have had two paintings selected for the Open Contemporary Art Exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery.
750 pieces of work submitted and 160 selected.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am, especially as this is the first time I have ever done this.
Just shows what a good teacher you are, especially as one picture was of Venice, which I painted after your workshop”.
Ann McGookin

“Hello Kate,
Remember me? I came to your class in April.
You suggested after you saw my work that I should join an Art Soc. and
maybe get the chance to show what I have done. Well I took your advice and
joined my local society just in time for an exhibition in Barnard Castle and
I’m thrilled to say I sold 2 pieces. Apart from enjoying the financial side
of it I was excited by the comments and it gave me a lot of confidence…..
thanks to you”.
Barbara Hall

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