In-person Painting Workshops 2021

..updated 28/04/21

Kate runs private face-to-face painting workshops in 2 beautiful locations, the Lyth Valley in the Southern Lake District and Colvend on the coast in Southwest Scotland. She has 25 years of tutoring experience and in the past has worked for art colleges, painting holiday specialists Authentic Adventures, Solo Holidays and P&O Cruises.

Please see below for all workshops..
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Just a note to say how much I enjoyed my two days with you at 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


Lockdown Lifting 

Updated 14-4-21

NEW WORKSHOPS FOR 2021

*NOW AT TWO LOCATIONS*

Please ask for accommodation advice where needed.


 

watercolour painting for beginners
Yellow Iris.Oil on Panel.470mm x 470mm.Frame 500x500mm.£1450

 

Complete Beginners -Drawing and watercolours

 Taking the Mystery out of Drawing and Watercolour Painting

If you know nothing about drawing or watercolours but would love to know more then this relaxed and informative 2day session is a great starting point for you to get to grips with it all.
All materials provided and with plenty of demonstrations and step by step instructions you cannot fail to fall in love with this fantastic medium.
 The workshop will initially concentrate on materials, colour theory and colour mixing, not forgetting brush technique and brush control. We will move swiftly on to practical exercises to help you learn quickly and effectively the skills you need to advance to a painting. For those wishing to progress towards a simple landscape ‘painting’, Kate will demonstrate by a follow -me type demonstration to help you gain confidence in your newly acquired skills on the second day
These introductory days can be followed up with further sessions to help you gain confidence and build on the skills you have learnt and apply your new skills to a wealth of subject matter.
£220. All Materials,lunches and refreshments included
…please register your interest with Kate for a future date
Spring Cometh.Pure watercolour.35x44cm.Frame 69x59cm.£1300r
Snowy landscape - Painting

Sat 29th and Sun 30th May 2021-Colvend Village Hall

Loosening up with Watercolours-Improvers level

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 and experimenting. 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. Experimentation and special effects will be key. We will also be considering scale, composition and presentation.
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  2 lunches  and refreshments £220.
Materials can be hired.
lake artists
Yellow Iris.Oil on Panel.470mm x 470mm.Frame 500x500mm.£1450

Sat 5th June and Sun 6th June 2021 at Brigsteer Village Hall

Informal Gardens and Untamed Hedgerows in Acrylics

 

This floral inspired workshop is designed to incorporate all the skills necessary to achieve all the elements for expressive painting and ultimately a successful painting of gardens ,flowers,hedgerows,foliage and trees.
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 will ensure you become confident with brush and palette knife techniques for creating foliage and capturing the essence of floral wildness and mother nature
Two days of garden heaven!
Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £220.
Farrow and Frost.55x45cm,Watercolour.£595 Sold

 

Sat 24th July and Sunday 25th July 2021-Brigsteer Village Hall

Fast, Loose and Experimental Mixed Media Painting-1 place remaining

Looking for something new?

This workshop is all about experimentation with acrylics, mediums, different surfaces and dry pigments…  a chance to refine your mixed media work

  • These sessions aim to provide you with a wealth of ideas for confident mark making, ideal for those with guts to try something different and to move out of their comfort zone.
  • Suitable for most students apart from the complete beginner.
  • Taking an aspect of landscapes as our starting point on day 1, we will explore a wealth of different materials and surfaces to inspire creativity on a new level. Moving on we will be considering scale, composition and presentation.
  • 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.

*£230 for 2 day courses which includes some materials, lunch & refreshments*

Please ask for accommodation advice where needed.

 

 

 

 

Kate Bentley SWA.Bright and Breezy.Oil on Board.890x1220mm .£4500
Farrow and Frost.55x45cm,Watercolour.£595 Sold

Sat 31st July and Sun 1st Aug-Colvend Village Hall

Tremendous Trees & Wondrous Woodlands in Acrylics

Surrounded as we are in this outstanding area by beautiful forests how can one fail not to be inspired by the woodlands and trees around us!
Two stimulating days to get to grips with this popular subject matter. Ideal for all levels apart from absolute beginners.
Initially Kate will demonstrate and gently guide you through simple tips and tricks to recreate foliage, branches and a variety of different tree shapes. Effective brush and palette knife techniques will be explained in a variety of ways and used to create realistic and suggestive foliage.
Through a series of step by step demonstrations Kate will encourage you to work towards a woodland scene on the second day..Materials can be hired.
Costs for 2 days tuition,2 lunches and all refeshments £210

 

Bright and Breezy Day -Pladda Lighthouse ,Isle of Arran.Oil.18x24cm Frame 30x36cm.£395

Sat 4th and Sun 5th Sept 2021-Brigsteer Village Hall

If you cant make this one…please register your interest with Kate for a future date at Colvend  (Scotland)

A Taste of Acrylics… for Absolute Beginners

Acrylics are seen as an attractive and easy medium for the amateur painter. However, Kate firmly believes that you still need a good foundation course into the basic essentials and skills required to use this diverse medium to its limits ..whilst still having fun of course!

  • The workshop will initially concentrate on materials, colour mixing, underpainting and medium usage and not forgetting brush and palette knife technique. We will move swiftly on to practical exercises to help you learn quickly and effectively the skills you need to advance to a painting.
  • For those wishing to progress towards a simple ‘painting’, Kate will demonstrate by a follow -me type demonstration to help you gain confidence in your newly acquired skills.
  • These skills are also transferable to those interested in progressing into oil paint in the future.

Cost £220 includes 2 Lunches and refreshments.

Cost  £245  includes  all materials, 2 Lunches and refreshments.

Please ask for accommodation advice where needed.

…please register your interest with Kate for a future date at Colvend Public Hall (Scotland)

 

 

Workshop Venues

Courses commence at 10am and finish at 4pm

Brigsteer Village Hall,Brigsteer, Nr Kendal, Cumbria.England. LA8 8AL

Please ask for accomodation advice

Colvend Village Hall,Colvend,,Kirkcudbrightshire.Scotland .DG5 4QD

Why not make a holiday of it and stay a few more days in this lovely lodge   https://birchlea-kippford.co.uk/
 
 

Feedback from Kate’s last workshop
April 2019

Inspirational

“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

Very informative

“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

I learnt a lot

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

So many new techniques

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. – Keith

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 – £15 per day .

Download the Booking Form (Word file)