Creative Arts

  • 27 Feb
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    Knitting

    Every Monday at 10:00am-12:00pm

    Drop-in to enjoy lively discussions and laughs with this group. Work on your own project or use Next supplies to create items for donation to various charitable organizations in the area.

  • 1 Mar
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    Quilting

    Every Wednesday at 10:00am-2:00pm

    Novice or experienced quilters are welcome each Wednesday for this social and creative group. Participants enjoy working on individual projects and sharing ideas. Drop-in any Wednesday and join the fun.

  • 23 Feb
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    Palette and Brush Club

    Every Thursday at 9:30am-12:30pm

    This group of artists meets weekly to paint, with a focus on portraits and figures.  Models are hired for each painting session. To join this group, you must be an accomplished artist and member of the Palette and Brush Club.

  • 23 Feb
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    Advanced Pottery Studio

    Every at 9:30am-12:30pm

    This group of advance potters work independently in our studio.

  • 28 Feb
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    Painting with Acrylics and Oils

    Every Tuesday at 9:30am-12:00pm

    (Beginners through Advanced)
    10-week class - Tuesdays, Jan 10 - march 14 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

    Pick up your paintbrush and join us! Artist/instructor Karen Halpern’s class lessons focus on color theory, subject, techniques, and design . Individual guidance and personal encouragement will help you develop your own style. Bring a 12"x18” sketch pad, 16x20 canvas (or larger) , #2 desk pencil, eraser, and painting supplies to the first class. Materials will be discussed in first class for new students.

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  • 23 Feb
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    Studio Art Class

    Every Thursday at 1:00pm-3:30pm

    10-week class - Thursdays, Jan 12 through March 16

    This class provides an opportunity for you to develop work you’ve begun previously, or want to begin in class. Bring your own project, and artist/instructor, Karen Halpern will assist you in developing your own ideas in the medium in which you chose to work. Karen will guide critical thinking, expose each student to work by artists working with similar style, as applicable, and offer direction for improvement. Working independently alongside peers fosters an enriching and enjoyable exchange of ideas. Bring the supplies to which you are accustomed.

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  • 13Jan
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    Introduction to Pottery

    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:30am

    INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY
    3 class series - Fridays, January 13 and February 10 from
    10:30 to 1:00 pm and February 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 am

    Experienced potters, Kathy Schein and Sharon Brown will show you how to create a beautiful 13” x 6” dish with the hand building technique. After you form and decorate your piece it will dry for a few weeks and then be fired in Next’s kiln. At the second class you will learn to glaze your piece. During the final class you will pick up your piece and see what your classmates have created.

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  • 7Mar
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    Zentangle - "Zen Gems"

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 1:00pm

    Create dazzling Zen Gems! Using colored pencils and micron markers, we will create glowing gems surrounded by tangled “bezels” on paper stock. Gems and tangles will be cut out and placed in a real bezel with a glass top and chain. Bring your micron 01 pen and white gelli roll pen (or purchase them from
    instructor for an additional $5.00). The $8 kit fee is payable directly to instructor.

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  • 15Mar
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    Anyone Can Paint

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:30am

    The always popular Steve Wood returns to Next! Steve combines his instruction with humor and encouragement, for beginner to intermediate painters. By the end of class, participants will complete an 11” x 14” acrylic painting. Fee is per session and includes all supplies

    Subject: “Window Flower Box” Wednesday, March 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
    Pre-register by Thursday, March 9

    Subject: “Mountain Runoff” Wednesday, May 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
    Pre-register by Thursday, May 11

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  • 21 Mar
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    Batik Silk Scarf Design

    Every Monday at 12:00am-12:00am

    2-part class: Mondays, March 21 and march 28 1:00 - 3:30 pm

    Create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand painted silk scarf at this unique scarf painting workshop. Produce a design and apply it to a natural silk scarf using professional grade dyes, which give vibrant color to the silk. Artist and art instructor Ann Marie Curley leads you through this process.Ms. Curley has taught both fine and fiber art classes throughout the state. All materials provided. Wear painting clothes.

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  • 6Apr
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    Beginning Beading:Peyote Stitch Bracelet

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1:00pm

    Artisan Susan Fraser has been making and designing jewelry for 15 years and has exhibited at events throughout Michigan. Sue will guide you through the creation of one of these beautiful beaded bracelets in two-drop peyote. Peyote stitch is a versatile technique that can be used in many designs. Two color choices will be available for each style. Class requires the ability to thread small needles, so bring your reading glasses! This project may not be fully completed during the class period. Pre-register by Friday, March 31

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  • 11Apr
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    The Art of Notan and Zentangle

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:00pm

    Learn the art of Notan, a Japanese technique using light and dark.Pam Signorelli will teach you how to create these beautiful patterns by using scissors to cut out the shapes, followed by pens to apply tangles to the spaces. Remember you do not have to be a trained artist to create beautiful art with the Zentangle method. You just have to know how to draw a straight line, a dot, a curved line and a circle. They will be mounted on a 9”x 9” mat board backing for display. The $5 kit fee, payable directly to instructor, includes all materials and mat.

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  • 11Apr
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    Crafting with Japanese Washi tape

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:30pm

    Washi tape is a DIY delight! It is a colorful printed adhesive tape made from natural fibers that is fun and easy to use for all types of projects. We will be making decorative bookmarks in this class — make one for yourself and one to give as a gift or tuck in an Easter Basket! Children are welcome to attend this activity. All supplies included and snacks provided.

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  • 18Apr
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    Paint Like a Pro II

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:00pm

    Accomplished artist, Deborah Roelofs is back to teach you how to paint your own 12"x 9” beautiful masterpiece using her simple techniques. This time you will be using a wash of colors and outlining them in patterns with black ink. Come join the fun
    and learn to paint like a pro! No experience necessary. Fee includes all materials. Please wear clothes for painting.

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  • 9May
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    Zentangle Diptych

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 1:00pm

    Working in the round, you’ll learn how to create a free standing Zentangle Art Work on a piece of card stock. Learn some of the new official Tangles with this project. Bring your black and brown micron pens, pencil and blending stump — or they will be available to purchase ($7) from the instructor.

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