Classes with Karen

Karen teaches private and group classes
in her Port Angeles, WA studio.

Virginia: I have never met an artist more willing to share everything she knows! No holds back Karen Sistek and for the love of silk painting!! Thank you Karen!!

Robin: I live in South Florida and thought the same thing, long plane ride, etc . I’ve been twice and am thinking about going again next summer. Go, you will never regret it. Not only is Karen a great teacher, she and her husband will welcome you in and treat you like family.

Seema: Beautiful description of a beautiful person …so blessed to have spent some time with her & her brilliant teachings..Karen Sistek

Linda:  I loved my time learning from Karen! Definitely worth the trip no matter the distance.

Carol:Fine Art on Silk Indeed, a life changing experience for any artist. ????♥

Karen offers two workshops each month – one for first time students and one for returning students.  No silk painting experience is necessary.  All supplies are provided.  Classes are held in a pet free non-smoking environment. 
Wi-fi is available.

Beginner Five Day Workshops


All first time students attend a five day workshop. You would arrive the day before, and depart the day after. Each workshop day will begin at 8:45 and end around 5:00 pm. You will create a silk project 15 x 19 inches on 15.5 mm silk Habotai that will be mounted on to a 24 x 20 inch canvas, ready for you to take home and hang on the wall. Karen will provide the pattern and students will all work on the same project.

Start with the basics

  • Stretching your silk onto a frame
  • Transferring a pattern onto the silk

Learn about color

  • How to mix the perfect color
  • How to “bridge” colors to avoid getting mudd
  • Karen shares her favorite green recipe
  • Color layering

Shading and texture

  • Focusing on the light source
  • How to use contrast and shading to give your painting depth
  • Using alcohol, vodka, and dye for texture

Magic Sizing Method

  • Learn the correct way to apply magic sizing

  • Using Magic Sizing for texture


  • Rolling your silk in preparation for steaming

  • Steaming your silk

  • Rinsing and ironing your painting



  • Mounting your silk onto a gessoed canvas
  • You will leave class with a finished painting ready to hang.


Advanced Six Day Workshops


Advanced workshop for returning Students. Students who have attend a previous workshop in my studio attend a six day workshop. We will create a larger, more advanced project, learning more techniques, and challenges.
You will arrive the day before and depart the day after. Students will create a silk project 24 x 34 using 15.5 mm silk Habotai, that can be mounted on a canvas 40 x 30 inches (Since you will have learned the mounting process in the first workshop, you will have the option of mounting your project at home).

Class Photos

Travel Info

You will fly into Sea-Tac Airport.  Plan to arrive the day before and leave the day after your workshop.  If you choose to drive it is about 3 hours from the airport to the studio. There are also two shuttle options available.

We recommend checking with the shuttle companies before making your flight reservations to minimize wait times.

We strongly urge you to purchase a bottled drink and a snack or sandwich of some sort before you leave the concourse,. There is no availibility to purchase any food or drink while waiting for your shuttle, 

Rocket Shuttle

Phone: 360-683-8087.

They arrange their trips based on the clients reservations. They will pick you up and the airport and deliver you directly to our door. Most students choose this shuttle company. The drivers are super, and they really do try to schedule your pick up at the airport and at our house as conveniently as they can for your arrival and departure.

Dungeness Line

Phone: 360-417-0700

They have scheduled times for trips to Port Angeles.  They will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the bus depot about 2 miles from the studio.  We will pick you up there and take you back for your return trip.

Would you like more information?  Want to sign up for a class?  Please complete the form below to contact Karen directly regarding class descriptions and availability. 

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