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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Artist’s Journal

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

with Brenda Jiral

  • Two day workshop: Thursday, June 27 & Friday, June 28, 2019

  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily

  • $210.00 (includes sketchbook)

Have you ever wanted to start an artist’s journal but didn’t know where to begin? Do you often find yourself just wanting to sit down and sketch or experiment with new materials, without the pressure to plan a full-scale painting? Would you like to have a visual record of your vacations but want something more personal and hands-on than ordinary photos? Are you a creative person, wanting to expand your creative practice, sharpen your drawing skills, or expand your visual observation skills? Then this class is for you!

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn to create your own artist journal using watercolors, waterproof ink pens and watercolor pencils. We will explore various additional materials and techniques, as well as a variety of types of journals you may wish to try.

This workshop is for anyone from beginners to advanced artists, but you must have a basic understanding of drawing and painting with watercolors.

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  • Watercolor paints

  • Brushes

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • Ruler

  • Water container

  • Paper towels

  • Photos to work from, following the theme you wish to create your journal in. This could be your travels, your garden, your favorite things, mementos from an event, etc.

  • Any additional art supplies you enjoy using, suitable for paper: watercolor pencils, water-soluble crayons, colored pencils, etc. (No need to purchase these if you don’t already own them — the instructor will bring some to experiment with.)

Instructor will provide the watercolor journal and pens.

Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.

About the Artist

Brenda Jiral is a mixed-media and watercolor artist with a strong emphasis on experimental processes and materials. She has developed many unique methods of using water-media combined with a variety of materials.

She has been teaching watercolor classes and workshops for five years at several Michigan locations, as well as in her private studio.

Brenda studied fine art at Grand Valley State University and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She has studied under several well-established artists, including Fabio Cembranelli, Joyce Hicks, Linda Kemp and Linda Germain.

View Brenda’s artist website at brendajiral.com