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 and transformed into an art studio offering a variety of arts and enrichment classes and workshops.

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Beyond Realism

  • Pickle Street School Studio 2980 134th Avenue Hopkins, MI, 49328 United States (map)

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.

Earlier Event: May 18
PAINTING FROM START TO FINISH