Enjoy a painting holiday, art course or watercolour workshop in the Lake District

Lyth Valley, Lake District

Kate's Courses

Kate Bentley

Kate Bentley S.W.A. A.R.S.B.A. is a professional, award-winning artist,when time allows Kate runs private courses in the Lyth Valley in the Southern Lake District.

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 courses ,please make contact through my ‘contact’ page to request updates.


kate bentley estuary
Experimenting with Watercolours – 8-9th July FULL-reserve list only
Suitable for those who have learnt the basics of watercolour but now want to experiment.
A fantastic opportunity for those of you who want to loosen up, 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 explore 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. Moving the boundaries of conventional watercolours this course isn’t for traditional or illustrative types.
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 and paintings in progress. Subject matter will be general but we will be looking at landscapes and flowers as source material
Suitable for those at Beginners/ Improvers level.
Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £185.

kate bentley woods demo

NEW 2 Places available
Wondrous Woodlands in Watercolours-Saturday 16-17th Sept
Beginner/Improver level-not suitable for complete beginners.
This workshop is designed to incorporate all the skills necessary to achieve a successful landscape painting of trees and woodlands
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.This will ensure you become confident with brush techniques for creating foliage, understanding the structure of trees/tree types/lighting/texture.
Two days of Tree heaven!
Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £175.

kate bentley painter Lake district

NEW 6 Places available
Mountains, Fells and Dales–Acrylics -Friday Oct 27-28th Oct
Beginner/Improver level-not suitable for complete beginners.
This workshop is designed for those who love the drama of mountain 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.

Cost for 2 days inc Lunches and refreshments £185.

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

First make contact with Kate for courses to ensure there is a vacancy.

Secondly, please download and fill out the booking form or ask me to email/post it to you and return asap with a post-dated (for the date of the course) cheque to the address on the form.


Can also be hired – £9 per day for watercolours, £13 per day for acrylics.

Private Tuition and Tutorials
When time allows I sometimes offer private tuition,please read information below and then ring to discuss.
Private Tuition
These can be tailored to your requirements. I offer tuition in watercolours , drawing skills, acrylics and oils.
Please register your interest in the first instance by using the contact form or by ringing me.
As a guide my rates are £200 for 1-to-1 for a day’s tuition in my studio.

Tutorials- two to one tuition
(If you dont know anyone who would like to attend with you I often can marry 2 separate individuals who are interested in attending but want to share the cost and dont want one to one tuition.Please register your interest in the first instance.*Waiting list-I have a person wanting to share a date to do expressive watercolours on Fri 17th or Fri 24th March 2017. *).
People use the day differently,but mainly it falls into 2 categories
For people who require individual tuition over a problem area e.g wanting to loosen up or getting to grips with a certain technique/drawing skills/colour mixing etc.
students/ advanced artists who want help with a selection of unfinished/disastrous/problem paintings, with the view that they are assessing where they want their work to go and analyzing their weak points.This also attracts people who dont like working in large groups or who feel intimidated by more able students.
The cost is £120 each and are held in my studio in Brigsteer.

For a short film on Kate painting in the landscape filmed by Granada Tv this summer copy and paste this link

Known to be generous with her knowledge and pleased to be able to pass on her skills, Kate looks forward to enhancing your whole learning experience with a relaxing but informative course.

You can read one of Kate magazine articles on painting trees here [part 1] and here [part 2].

Examples of Kate's demonstrations

Selection of workshop paintings