Painting classes and workshops with Kate Freeman

Colour mixing sketchbook page


As a painter with a background in Textile design, my passion has always been colour. Over many years of personal practice and teaching others, I have developed a workshop programme to benefit anyone interested in developing their own work.

Using water-based and acrylic media, I teach a series of four painting ‘themes’, suitable for all levels of experience. Each lesson is delivered as a practical exploration of either colour mixing, mark-making, experimental techniques or composition.

Choose one subject for a half day session, two for a full day - please note “Composition” is a full day class - or attend the two day workshop, which includes all of the above - please refer to additional listings for details.

Each painting exercise will be clearly explained, and I will demonstrate techniques and provide assistance or advice as required. All of the skills acquired during these sessions are applicable to students’ own work, whether Abstract or more traditional subject matter.

We will be investigating the ‘nuts and bolts’ of making paintings, not “painting pictures”!

During each session, we use a variety of tools to apply paint. Many of the exercises are great block-busters for those days when you want to paint, but don’t know where to start.

Experienced painters who wish to work in a more free, spontaneous way will also benefit.

COLOUR MIXING half day class
(10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm)

Focusing on a limited palette, we will be using primary colours to mix nuanced hues and their complementaries.
Tints, tones, harmonising colour schemes and tonal contrast are all features of this class.
You will gain the ability to understand, and have better control of your use of colour.

MARK MAKING half day class
(10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm)

We investigate the expressive potential of line, experimenting with unusual tools to create marks and textures. Expect to find feathers, sticks and old toothbrushes amongst our equipment for this class.
You will begin to develop a language of marks which may be easily explored at home. Another great way through creative block!

(10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm)

Things get messy! We will experiment with layering, splattering and basic printing methods to produce vibrant glazes and subtle textures.
As well as being a really fun introduction to Acrylic paint, this session is great for experienced artists who wish to “get out of a rut”, or have fun with freestyle techniques.

Please note - wear old clothes as acrylic paint will not wash out!

I look forward to welcoming you to the Coach House.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included, as well as great coffee, tea and home made cake.

Students are also invited to browse my extensive collection of beautifully illustrated art books and manuals.


Kate Freeman at Coach House Studio


Coach House
SA62 3XB

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


3 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Stephen Jenkinson - - #35981

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Response from Coach House Studio:

Hi Stephen and Lia - I'm so glad you enjoyed our 'mark making' and 'experimental techniques' sessions in the studio. It was a joy to host two such enthusiastic workshop participants. The quality and quantity of the work you both produced was very impressive, and extremely rewarding for me as "teacher" !!

I hope the rest of your visit to Pembrokeshire was fun, and that you will be able to visit the Coach House again soon. Thank you for writing such a great review of your time here.
Best wishes, Kate

In-person course
Mark Jeavons - - #34715

I met Kate while on holiday in Pembrokeshire. The amazing scenery etc enspired me but I had little confidence in using colour in my art. After seeing how well she used colour in her art I decided to do the half day colour course with Kate, playing with colour and learning how to use acrylic and mixing, tools to use etc. I loved it and am inspired to take on more colour projects.
Kate it lovely and very good at guiding you down whatever route you want to take to improve your skills.
Great coffee and cake too 😊 I'd recommend Kate to anyone at any skill level. And hope one day to return and learn/play more.

Response from Coach House Studio:

Thank you Mark! Our session was great fun, not least because we had so much to talk about. As your “guide” through the various colour experiments, your enthusiasm was very rewarding. The way you interpreted my suggestions resulted in some really original, exciting pieces.
Fantastic that you’ve carried on experimenting and making new work since our afternoon in the studio. I look forward to your next visit to the Coach House.

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