Pickle Street School Studio

A working art studio located in scenic Monterey Township, Michigan.

Pickle Street School Studio is a one room school building renovated for the purpose of art studio and a variety of arts and enrichment classes and workshops.


Luminous Pastel Landscapes
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Luminous Pastel Landscapes

with Kathleen Kalinowski

  • 1 day - Thursday, October 19
  • $95.00
  • 9am - 4pm

Learn how to effectively layer color with soft pastel on a 9x12 sanded pastel paper surface starting with an underpainting. Demonstration on creative composition, color studies and a 9x12 landscape. Students should bring their own reference photo, and pastel supplies. A supply list will be provided upon registration. 

This class is limited to 10 students. Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.


About the Artist

Inspired to capture the quiet miracle of the land around us, Kathleen Kalinowski explores the nuances of nature in colorful, harmonious pastels and oil paint. “My life is rooted in the landscape around me, where I live on the land my grandparents farmed 80 years ago,” she says. “Whether it’s the sun coming into day over a field, or the reflections of a wandering stream, I look for contrasts in nature where colors seem to vibrate against one another.”

Known for her vibrant impressionistic landscapes, Kalinowski searches for scenes that spark her interest, usually ones that present a challenge or a visual problem to solve. Although she enjoys broad vistas like the Lake Michigan shoreline, she also explores more intimate settings that remind her of her childhood ––a time when she spent hours outside playing in the woods and the small creek that ran through her family’s backyard.

Working both en plein air and in studio, Kalinowski is absorbed with the sensations of light, atmosphere, mood and color. As a fine artist, she says finding perfect composition in a scene isn’t necessary; she often adjusts what she sees, editing it in a way that makes it even more pleasing to the eye.

Almost always listening to music – usually classical – Kalinowski is absorbed by the painting process, in tune with the whole experience of making pastel marks or mixing the colors to capture her vision. Using a combination of memories, drawings and photos, she then blocks or sketches in the start of a scene. “Before I touch the paper or canvas, I like to have the finished painting in mind,” she says. Years of painting outdoors have trained her to stay focused on her original concept; because the light changes so quickly, she finishes an on-site piece within two and a half hours.

Kalinowski started painting with oils about 20 years ago, and later was introduced to pastels. “I love the vibrant color of pastels,” she says. “It’s an immediate, tactile medium, just a softness between you and the paper.” Pastels also were a friendly medium for a young mother; Kalinowski could set her work aside as long as it took for her to return. Several years ago, she revisited the oils she loved when she first began her career. With more time now, she uses the alla prima method of applying paint and likes the challenge of painting large canvases. She’s also experimenting with placing figures in her scenes, an artistic adventure she finds gratifying.

With every brush stroke and pastel mark, Kalinowski’s art is a celebration of life. “I especially love painting everyday scenes that are easy to pass by unnoticed,” she says. “My hope is that viewers are inspired by how beautiful our world can be, that they look upon it with new eyes, and that they are left with a feeling of pleasure.” 

See Kathleen's work at her artist website: www.KalinowskiFineArt.com

View Event →
Plein Air Painting - Painting Water With Confidence
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Plein Air Painting - Painting Water With Confidence

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Richard Jordan

  • 2 day workshop: Wednesday, Sept. 6 & Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm
  • $190.00 per artist 
  • 12 artist limit

Few things in nature are more beautiful to paint than a still water lake or a winding country stream. But many artists struggle to make the water in their paintings look believable. Water often creates confusing visual effects, like seeing clouds from above and the lake bottom below at the same time, or the the reflected upside down landscape. No other feature in nature changes shape, color, or moods quite like water and its natural source, clouds. In this two day workshop, Richard Jordan, Director of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, will share his approach to painting convincing water, point out common mistakes and how to avoid them. He will paint classroom and lakeside demonstrations and give one on one instruction as well as group wide critiques. If the water in your paintings looks less than convincing, take this opportunity to sign up, have some fun and paint water with greater confidence.

Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.


About the Artist

Richard Jordan is the founder and director of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan. He has been painting exclusively en plein air for nearly two decades. In 2013, Richard began teaching plein air workshops in locations across Michigan.

Visit Richard's website: artistrichardjordan.com

View Event →
Architecture in the Landscape? Yes you can!
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Architecture in the Landscape? Yes you can!

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Connie Kuhnle

  • 2 day workshop - Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26
  • $190.00
  • 9am - 4pm daily

No need to fear putting that beautiful structure in your painting or avoiding those inviting charming scenes because they contain buildings.

In this workshop Connie will discuss and demonstrate:

How architecture can add interest to your painting.
Some simple perspective principles that will help you to "make it look right".
How to make structures sit naturally in the landscape.
Importance of reflected light and more!

Connie will be demonstrating in pastel or oil. Students may work in the medium they are most familiar with. There will be plenty of one on one guidance. The class will work on location and/or in the Pickle Street studios depending on the weather.

Please bring:

  • Portable easel
  • Sun screen
  • Hat with a brim
  • Insect repellant
  • Painting umbrella if you have one
  • Your medium of choice
  • Appropriate attire for outdoor painting(unless it's raining or uncomfortably cold)

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Connie Kuhnle is a west Michigan artist who specializes in portrait painting and landscape painting with an emphasis on rural architecture in the landscape. She works in both pastel and oil.  

She has taught workshops and classes in various places over the years including cities all over Michigan, continuing education classes for Kendall College of Art and at the Frederick Meijer Gardens.  

Connie is a member of the Portrait Society of America and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, her artwork has received awards regionally and nationally and is in numerous private and corporate collections. You can see more of her work at her website www.conniekuhnle.com.

View Event →
Plein Air Painting: Effective Keys for Stronger Results
Jul
19
to Jul 20

Plein Air Painting: Effective Keys for Stronger Results

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Richard Jordan

  • 2 day workshop: Wednesday, July 19 & Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm
  • $190.00 per artist 

Most plein air artists are on a never ending quest to improve their skills. Reading books, attending classes and watching demonstrations can be very beneficial and inspiring. But often those valuable lessons become hazy or forgotten once we’re faced with an actual landscape. Unable to remember the lesson at hand, we retreat to what’s familiar and paint as we’ve always done in the past. Of course treading water gets us nowhere and the lesson is lost. In this special workshop, Richard Jordan, director of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, will slow down the plein air process and focus on the necessary steps for successful paintings. From the equipment you use, to the approach you choose, each element will be examined. We will seek to eliminate as many barriers and bad habits as possible, replacing them with good organization and effective techniques. Whether you’re new to plein air painting or an experienced artist, this workshop can help cut through the fog, and answer many of your plein air questions.

Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.


Artist Bio

Richard Jordan is the founder and director of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan. He has been painting exclusively en plein air for nearly two decades. In 2013, Richard began teaching plein air workshops in locations across Michigan.

Visit Richard's website: artistrichardjordan.com

View Event →
PICKLE STREET KIDS: WATERCOLORS CAN PAINT THEMSELVES!
Jul
11
9:30 AM09:30

PICKLE STREET KIDS: WATERCOLORS CAN PAINT THEMSELVES!

with Cedar Kindy

  • for Ages 10-16
  • $45.00
  • Time: 9:30am - 12pm

This is a great introductory class which teaches kids unique and fun techniques. While exploring the wild and wet ways of watercolor in the backgrounds, students then learn control in depicting foreground subject matter. Basic watercolor techniques are covered. The sunset over the lake will be painted step by step. The second painting will be totally creative; applying learned watercolor techniques as well as any other medium they decide to mix in All supplies are included.

Contact Pickle Street to Register

Janet ”Cedar” Kindy has been painting for over 30 years. She is passionate about watercolor and changing it’s bad rap about being a difficult medium. Using her teaching format, anyone can paint a successful watercolor. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, she has studied with master watercolorists Irving Shapiro, Nita Engles, Alvaro Castagnet, and painted with Gorden MacKenzie. Her watercolor, “Jersey Dunes”, was a finalist in the Artists’ Magazine 2015 Annual Competition. See her work at www.cedarkindy.com.

View Event →
Fundamental Fun with Watercolor / Pastel
Jul
10
9:30 AM09:30

Fundamental Fun with Watercolor / Pastel

with Cedar Kindy

This day is split up into two workshop sessions. You can choose to do both sessions (full day) or just one session (half day). Both sessions are geared for beginners or intermediate level students. All materials provided. 
 

Date: Monday, July 10
Session 1: 9am - 12pm
Session 2: 1pm - 4pm
Cost: $95 Full Day  / $50 Half Day 

Session 1: Fireworks in WATERCOLOR / with pastel

A new series of watercolor workshops which combine watercolor with pastel. We will paint in two stages. The background is painted in watercolor with wet on wet, graduated or variegated washes. The second stage combines watercolor and pastel to finish out the subject matter and accent details. This is a great class for beginners. Experienced watercolorist as well as pastelists can explore a whole new dimension by combining the two media. Come and create a work of art! Paint brilliant fireworks over Lake Michigan combining watercolor and pastels.

Session 2: Michigan Shoreline in WATERCOLOR/ with pastel

The shoreline is perfect subject for watercolor with the white brilliance of the paper. However, sometimes with watercolor there is a need to ”fix” an area. Combining pastels is a perfect remedy, being opaque it can cover over an area. It can also soften edges and push the color creating an impressionist style. The background is painted first in watercolor, with wet on wet, graduated, or variegated washes. The second stage combines watercolor and pastel to finish out the subject matter, and accent details. This is a great class for beginners. Experienced watercolorists, as well as pastelists, can explore a whole new dimension by combining the two mediums. Walk in, and walk out with a work of art! Paint the sunlit sand dunes, green grasses and blue waters of the Michigan shoreline.

Contact Pickle Street School Studio with questions or to register.

Artist Bio

Janet ”Cedar” Kindy has been painting for over 30 years. She is passionate about watercolor and changing it’s bad rap about being a difficult medium. Using her teaching format, anyone can paint a successful watercolor. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, she has studied with master watercolorists Irving Shapiro, Nita Engles, Alvaro Castagnet, and painted with Gorden MacKenzie. Her watercolor, “Jersey Dunes”, was a finalist in the Artists’ Magazine 2015 Annual Competition. See her work at www.cedarkindy.com.

View Event →
Beyond Realism
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Beyond Realism

with Gail Bokor

  • One day workshop June 8, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm daily
  • $95.00

This workshop is for those artists who have worked mostly in realism and figurative painting and would like to evolve into a more freeing and looser style. This does not mean giving up realist painting, but rather making your recognizable images more abstracted. 

You will approach your paintings in this workshop from a photo, magazine image, or a drawing you have done.  The image will be simplified (edited) to choose significant shapes and ignore the detail.  As you proceed, you make the choice as to how far you would like to bring your image. There are, of course, many steps in “abstracting” an image, and many stages where you may stop.

Before you actually start working on the painting, I will be showing you different techniques to bring texture into your work. Some of these techniques will help in the composition of your painting when you start. I will also do a review of the Elements of Design in planning your composition.  Below is the supply list for both days.  The first day you will be working in watercolor and the second in Acrylic.  I hope you will join me on this journey “Beyond Realism.”  

Contact Pickle Street School to register.


Artist Bio

Having lived thirty plus years in Grand Rapids, I now live in Port Orange, Florida, where I am busy creating art, teaching, and of course spending time at our beautiful beach. I teach Watercolor and Experimental Mixed Media classes at the Art League of Daytona Beach, as well as The Hub on Canal and Artists' Workshop in New Smyrna Beach. I consider myself an Experimental Artist, as I am always exploring new surfaces and discovering ways of painting non traditionally, and love being able to pass this on to my students. I spend summers in the Grand Rapids area with my photographer husband.

Visit Gail's website at www.gailbokor.com.

View Event →
PAINTING FROM START TO FINISH
May
18
to May 19

PAINTING FROM START TO FINISH

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Sharon Griffes Tarr

  • Two day workshop - Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19
  • $195.00
  • 9am - 4pm daily

A strong start almost always guarantees a strong finish for any painting. Ignoring the importance of layering from the block-in to subsequent layers by students is usually the reason for dull lifeless paintings. In this workshop, students will explore the building blocks of the painting process for creating highly successful works of art. They include:

  • how to select, edit and compose subject elements for strong content
  • how to create the best underpainting for emotion, mood and light effects in a painting
  • how to finesse a painting for the Wow! factor

Tricks and “things” do not make a painting. A superior foundation and painting process does.

This two-day workshop is appropriate for anyone painting in oil (acrylics accepted) from beginners to advanced skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate her all-important underpainting techniques and offer examples of materials and processes that support strong works of art. 

"Morning at Otter Pond", 20x24", oil on linen panel

"Morning at Otter Pond", 20x24", oil on linen panel

"Willow Creek", 11x14" oil on linen panel

"Willow Creek", 11x14" oil on linen panel

Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.


ARTIST BIO

My personal journey in art began early in childhood and was heavily influenced by my mother and a family friend who gave me some paints, two small canvases and a couple of brushes when I was eleven. That simple gift of kindness made possible a life-long passion to create. Later, studies at Chicago's American Academy of Art had a profound effect on my future as an artist. I enthusiastically explored the city's landscapes and studied the Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago. Having studied ballet for a number of years in Detroit, I became a member of Chicago’s Allegro Ballet Company during this period and divided my time between art classes and dancing. My sensitivity to line and transitional movement in painting is a direct result of my ballet training.

While light and shadow predominate in my contemporary impressionistic paintings my interest is centered on expressing atmospheric space.  This concept has provided me with exciting creative challenges to my process and self-expression of subject matter.

I believe fully in the importance of painting outdoors directly from nature as well as in the studio. This dual focus enables me to fully embrace the elements of design and creative concepts with first hand experiential knowledge of natural light effects and atmospheric drama.

Largely self-taught in fine art following my art training at the American Academy in the early 1960's I've periodically studied with other artists such as Matt Smith, Albert Handel, Cheng Kee Chee, Carolyn Anderson and was mentored by Joyce Pike. Most recently, my work has been richly influenced by the great contemporary English and Russian  masters including: Bato Dugarzhapov, Denis Sarazhin and Fred Cuming.  Other influences include past masters, John Singer Sargent, Joquin Sorolla, and Anders Zorn.

View Sharon's artist website at http://sgtarr.com/.

View Event →
Watercolor Batik Workshop
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Watercolor Batik Workshop

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Carole Nielsen

  • Thursday, April 20 & Friday April 21
  • 9am - 4pm daily
  • One day (first day): $95.00
  • Two days: $185.00

One Day Watercolor Batik Workshop

Watercolor batik is a resist method that creates a loose look that can not be achieved with traditional watercolor methods. You will get great results with this fun and exciting technique. We will begin with a preplanned design to learn the process of batik and progress to a larger more detailed design from your sketches and drawings. We will start with a value sketch, draw the outline on rice paper with a micron pen and begin with waxing all the whites. The process starts with painting light to dark with waxing one value at a time. 

The final step is the crackle effect which creates a beautiful batik. We will learn how to mount our paintings on watercolor paper for framing with a matte and creating a deckle edge. Instructor will demonstrate how to mount a painting onto a gallery wrapped canvas for an amazing look that you may try on your own.

Two Day Watercolor Batik Workshop

Watercolor batik is a resist method that creates a loose look that can not be achieved with traditional watercolor methods. You will get great results with this fun and exciting technique. We will begin with a preplanned design to learn the process of batik and progress to a larger more detailed design from your sketches and drawings. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of rice and mulberry papers with texture and color. We will also experiment with creative color, negative painting, and incorporating watercolor pencils in drawing our design. You may also enjoy trying to use a tjanting tool to create line designs in your work. 

We will start with a value sketch, draw the outline on rice paper with a micron pen and begin with waxing all the whites. The process starts with painting light to dark with waxing one value at a time. 

The final step is the crackle effect which creates a beautiful batik. We will learn how to mount our paintings on watercolor paper for framing with a matte and creating a deckle edge. We will also mount a painting onto a gallery wrapped canvas for an amazing look that requires no framing.

Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.


Artist Bio

Carole Hunnes-Nielsen is a watercolor artist from Rockford, Michigan. She has studied with many internationally known artists and has a M.A. degree in education and a B.S. degree in art education from Western Michigan University. She retired from thirty years of teaching high school art and continues to share her love of art by teaching watercolor batik workshops. She has had several solo exhibits and has been in many juried and group exhibitions. Her most recent show was a solo exhibition at the Glen Vista Gallery in the Kalamazoo Nature Center. She has an upcoming show in May of 2016 at Terryberry Gallery in the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

View Carole's artist website at: http://caroleswatercolors.weebly.com/

View Event →
Painting Animals and People with Brenda Mattson
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Painting Animals and People with Brenda Mattson

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Painting animals portraits and people portraits are a lot of fun!!! This workshop includes two full days of painting & instruction. You will learn how to get a likeness using color, texture and shapes. Instruction will touch on understanding how light falls on the figure or animal,  how colors interact, and the elements of a good composition. This is an all level hands on class.  

Full Details >

View Event →
Painting Beauty with Intent, Focus on Brushwork and Edges with Sharon Griffes Tarr
Jun
10
to Jun 12

Painting Beauty with Intent, Focus on Brushwork and Edges with Sharon Griffes Tarr

  • Pickle Street School Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Individually, how we paint separates the amateur from the masterful in creating excellent art. Brushwork and edge treatment both rank very high in creating sensitive, moving works that engage the viewer. Paint layering, mixing on the palette or directly on the canvas, as well as, brush and knife work all have the unique ability to express individualized beauty in one’s work. In this workshop we will explore these attributes and how they can be used to create meaningful marks and edges during each stage of the painting process. Each student will work at their current skill level with instructor assistance, but end the workshop with new confidence and skill in handling the tools of our trade.

Full Details >

View Event →
How to Begin Painting with Oils with Barbara Schilling
May
21
9:00 AM09:00

How to Begin Painting with Oils with Barbara Schilling

This workshop is designed to help those that are new to oil painting to learn the basics for getting started! I will be covering how to use your materials as well as talking about some of the beginning fundamentals for creating a dimensional painting full of life! I will be targeting design, layout,values, and color mixing. It will be a full and informative daylong event!

Full Details >

View Event →
Beginning pastel with Kathleen Kalinowski
Apr
23
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning pastel with Kathleen Kalinowski

This one day workshop is an introductory course for students interested in learning how to use the pastel medium. We will explore various painting surfaces for pastel, how to choose the right pastel at the right time, techniques for starting, layering and blending in a painterly manner. As a class we will be painting a winter landscape. Students with some landscape painting experience may choose to bring their own winter landscape reference photo or I can provide the photo for you.

Full Details >

View Event →
Live Model Portrait Study
Jan
30
1:00 PM13:00

Live Model Portrait Study

We invite those of you who would like to practice your portrait skills to come and paint or draw beautiful green eyed Caitlin. Your choice of medium.

Please RSVP to Joy at 616-896-9090 if you plan to attend to make sure that space is available and so that we can contact you in case of weather issues or need for cancellation. 

Cost $15

View Event →
Joy Richmond
Mar
17
12:30 PM12:30

Joy Richmond

Watercolor Painting & Pastel Class

Class meets weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Participants are working in various mediums – watercolor, oil painting, and pastels. All levels of experience are welcome.

View Event →