Painting Workshops 2020

Kate Bentley S.W.A.  is a professional, award-winning artist

When time and Covid 19 allows Kate runs private painting workshops in the Lyth Valley in the Southern Lake District.

At this present time workshops are not running, however Kate is now teaching on-line through Skillshare… for a free 2 month trail of Video Tutorials of Kate’s (and hundreds of other tutors) click this link

Kate currently has 3 tutorials on-line

Painting sunflowers in a modern loose style’.

It’s about an hour and a half long.
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Future workshops will 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.



 CANCELLED-Sept 19th &20th – Now Full (20-8-20) reserve list only

Painting Landscapes and Gardens  Inside and Outside

This 2 day course is aimed at the Beginner/ Improver.

Any media is encouraged, however it is useful for you to be aware that Kates technical strengths lay in watercolours, acrylics, oils* and drawing.

We will be based where possible outside with provision for some sessions based inside….. Weather permitting of course! Participants will initially, through a series of demonstrations and exercises, will be advised on ways to help you grasp the basics of working outside and /or sketchbook use if this is new to you .This will be followed up with information and demonstrations if required.

We will initially start off inside to ensure that you are armed with tips and tricks and good advice  to help you to get the most out of painting outside. We will then walk to Kates large garden which is a mix of formal and wild gardens… with hens and dogs to complete the picture! .On the second day we will ,depending on the weather, be painting/sketching in the beautiful Lyth valley with its wealth of woodlands and panoramic vistas to the northern fells.

Although this course is suitable for those who require guidance ,it is also suitable for those who want to do their own thing and only require occasional attention from the tutor but want to benefit from having locations, facilities, lunch arranged for them

*Participants please note this course involves working outside which involves carrying your own kit, walking ,flexibility and mobility.

*Oil painters are expected to use low odour materials and have provision for carrying their own wet paintings safely.

Cost £220 includes 2 Lunches and refreshments.

Please ask for accommodation advice where needed.


A Taste of Acrylics… for Absolute Beginners

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th Oct 2020-places available-CANCELLED

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.





Feedback from Kate’s last workshop
April 2019


“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

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)