Art Retreats

What a wonderful Art Retreat we had last August, 2018!  If you would like to be part of a retreat next summer, please send me an email!


Updated April 6, 2016......   A day of creative exploration!   Our 2nd annual art retreat will be on Saturday, July 9th.  As there is limited space to spread out all our projects, only 6 spaces are available at this event. Please email me at to ask for a registration form and reserve your spot asap!  Cost is $150, and it runs from 9:30-5:00pm  Includes use of all materials, take home all projects, lunch, snacks and beverages Saturday afternoon.  

As usual, I intend to spoil my students, and we'll be doing some fused glass work, collage on canvas and pulling it all together with some screen printing.  A full, inspiring day full of art, laughs, and good food and beverages. 

Please register soon to reserve your space at Kate Studio, 360-526-2169


Wow! Kate Studio's first Art Retreat was so much fun! The creativity was energizing as we created monotone sculptures, learned how to create silver and copper jewelry with Canadian silversmith Denise Relke, and designed fused glass pieces that were kiln fired on Saturday. On Sunday, we created artwork using hand-crafted papers with local artist Phyllis Howard while sipping mimosas and spent an afternoon of experimenting, painting an inspirational canvas using different journaling techniques. I'm so inspired and can't wait for the next retreat!

If you are interested in participating in a Late Fall 2015 retreat at Kate Studio in Bellingham, please email and follow kate-studio" on Facebook for new, upcoming workshops and classes.

ART RETREAT JUNE 27-28, 2015

I am thrilled to announce two of my favorite artists -- Denise Relke and Phyllis Howard will be teaching at the studio's Art Retreat next weekend. Denise is a reknowned glass blower and silversmith who will be teaching metalsmithing techniques. See her work at Phyllis is one of the most creative and talented multi-media painters I've met. Check out her award-winning work at There are still 2 spots open for the women's retreat - no experience necessary. Come and relax and create sculpture, fused glass, silver jewelry, painting and more!


Morning: We’ll begin creating a small, mono-tonal sculpture using Sculpey modeling clay and a canvas.
Mid-Morning: Get ready to create some fused glass jewelry, as we learn about different glasses & techniques.
Lunch: I’m going to whip up something for all of us 
Afternoon: Professional silversmith Denise Relke will be here to show us how to work with silver and other metals, making earrings or small pendants, and teaching techniques such as texturing, patina, drilling and doming.


Morning: We’ll start with a continental breakfast & mimosas, do a little journaling and you can create your own inspirational saying on the electronic Cricut cutter.
Mid-Morning: We’ll be getting messy and creative as multi-media artist Phyllis Howard shows us her creative collage techniques and we use wonderful textural papers to create our art.
Early Lunch: Let’s head down the street for a casual lunch at the Colophon Cafe, then we can visit the Whatcom Art Market for inspiration.
Afternoon: Get ready to splatter, stamp and let loose as you paint on a canvas using modeling paste, paints, collage etc. (you choose the size) and then stick your inspirational message on it when it’s dry.

Art Retreat Extravaganza

I am very excited about hosting my first ART RETREAT!!!  Mark your calendars for June 27-28th for our women’s weekend of creative exploration. After attending retreats for years, I have taken what I loved most out of each them and taken to heart.  My guest instructors and I are ready to give the most interesting, generous and fun two days to our friends.  We’ll be glass fusing, painting, metalsmithing, hiking into a secret cove, collecting sea treasures and making art out of them, learning art journal techniques and lots of other inspiring activities over the two days.  This will be a relaxing, artistic retreat you’ll love.  To reserve your space, please give me a call at 360-526-2169 or email  Space is limited. Registration info will be emailed when we hear from you!

For accommodation information, contact Kate Studio