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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Watercolor Batik Workshop


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

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/