Workshop Calendar

2016 Calendar

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 May 1st – 7th, 2016, Grunewald Guild, Plain, WA, “Watercolor in the Sacred Milieu”

Come play with me sacred realm of divine color! Let’s pay close attention to our paints, paper and brushes, to our hand movements as we paint. We’ll attempt deep observation of both our exterior surroundings, and our interior emotional and prayer lives, to invite the sacred into our painting time. For more info and to sign up, click here  . For beginning through advanced students.


July 11th – 17th, 2016,  Grunewald Guild, Plain WA, “Silk Painting: Color in the Wild”

Silk painting is a fun and easily learned process that can be as simple or as intricate as you care to make it. This is a class for all ranges of students; from bare beginners to the most advanced. Our materials are silk dye, gutta and wax resists, and silk. We’ll study color combinations in nature surrounding us, and use some simple drawing techniques to pull us into a mindset of prayerful, meditative observation of nature to inspire our creations. All experience levels welcome.


2013 Calendar

Oct 04, 2013Oct 06, 2013, North Cascades Institute Reflections of Fall: Journaling in the North Cascades”

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Let’s capture the well-earned glory of autumn in the North Cascades with our journals, watercolors, pens and pencils. We’ll travel by van to high passes, russet groves and mountain meadows in search of landscapes cloaked in fall colors, with a pallet of watercolors selected for the season, and enjoy the comfort of North Cascades Learning Center in the evenings.  North Cascades Institute is located near Diablo Dam on State Highway 20, near Newhalem WA. For more info and to register click here: Reflections of Fall.

Above and below are pictures from last year’s class at Washington Pass meadow:

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August 5-18, Grunewald Guild, Plain, WA , 2013 Liturgical Arts Weeks:       two weeks this year

Kristen Gilje workshop students
Two of Kristen’s students at Grunewald Guild2013 Calendar


August 5-11 Week I Liturgical Arts:  “Exploring Color and Line as a Thin Place: Silk Painting with Kristen Gilje”: beginners through advanced invited. For class description and registration click here:

August 12-18 Liturgical Arts Week II: , “Exploring Color and Line as a Thin Place: Silk Painting with Kristen Gilje”  Week I students and ALL FORMER STUDENTS of mine are invited. For class description and registration please click here:

For description of the Liturgical Arts Weeks 2013 click here: You may choose just one week, or both! Week II silk painting is for former silk students and Week I students.
Also see my blog post by click here:

Solo Show,  August 1- September 30, 2013

Kristen’s “Butterfly Collection: Works on Silk” is showing at Brandywine Kitchen in Bellingham, WA through Sept. 30. 2013. I am showing several new paintings here, and all are for sale. See my blog post here:

Brandywine Kitchen
1317 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225Tel.  360-734-1071,Email   [email protected], Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday Noon – 10pm



 2012 Calendar

July 30-August 6 2012 Grunewald Guild, near Leavenworth WA. “Liturgical Arts Week: A Spiral-Shaped God.” My workshop: “Silk Painting in the Season of Creation”  Here’s a link to class description at Grunewald Guild

August 13-16 2012 Carey Institute, Vancouver BC, “Carey Worship and Arts Summer School: A Creative Exploration on the Psalms.” I’ll be teaching silk painting. Here’s a Link to class description

September 6-9 North Cascades Institute, near Newhalem, WA, “Creative Arts Retreat.” My workshop is entitled “The Wild Journal,” and we’ll do plein air drawing and watercolor, maybe some poetry, as we visit mountain meadows with our journals.Here’s a  Link to North Cascades Institute class description.

October 18, 19, 20 2012 Silk Painting Workshops, at First Congregational Church of Bellingham, WA. Sign up for one day or three, by calling to register at  360-734-3720. We’ll be working on silk scarf blanks or on rectangular yardage, your choice. FCCB is located at 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA.


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