Creative Arts

  • Knitting Open Studio

    Monday, December 6, 2021 | 10:00-12:00pm

    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.

  • Quilting Open Studio

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 10:00-2:00pm

    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.

  • Advanced Pottery Studio

    Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 9:30-12:30pm

    This group of advance potters work independently in our studio.
  • Painting Open Studio

    Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 1:00-4:00pm

    Join fellow Next members for camaraderie and enjoy the creative synergies that come from being with other talented artists.

  • Mixed Media - Collage Assemblage

    Monday, January 10, 2022 | 5:00-6:00pm

    Mondays, January 10 through February 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

    Next welcomes mixed-media artist and instructor Marat Paransky — whose studio practice includes sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and other media. Marat’s artwork falls into one
    of several themed projects including research-based work on social issues, text pieces about the artworld and more spontaneous assemblies of found materials. Which is the most playful
    and absurd of the visual arts, you ask? It is, of course, collage and assemblage! This class will cover the techniques and thinking behind 2D collage, 3D assemblage and everything in between. There will be technical instruction through demos, discussion of examples in books and slideshows and studio time to work on projects. Students will need to scavenge for their own raw materials and purchase some basic supplies. All skill levels welcome and a supply list is available in the Next office

  • Painting with Acrylics and Oils

    Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 9:30-12:00pm

    Artist and instructor Karen Halpern guides students in painting varied subjects. There will be assignments, instruction about color theory, painting techniques, and design. Individual attention will help you develop your work. Bring to fi rst class: a small sketch pad, #2 desk pencil; “Marsmatic” eraser; painting supplies; a canvas 18”x 24” or 24”x 30” or larger; and a lightweight portable table easel, if you work upright. Ask for supply list in the Office.

  • Watercolor Painting Workshop

    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 2:00-4:00pm

    Noted Michigan Artist and popular watercolor instructor, Karen Halpern, will teach lessons that provide fundamentals, stretch your abilities, broaden your skills, and encourage your creative
    thinking. Beginners through advanced students will paint varied subjects in assorted styles. Color mixing, color theory, design and painting techniques, will guide you as you develop your art. Each student will work at their own level of ability, in a supportive setting with individual attention. The supply list is available in the Next office and all supplies should be brought to the first class.

  • Studio Art Class

    Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 1:00-3:30pm

    Work with materials you are already familiar with via prior class instruction. Bring your own subject, reference material, and the supplies you typically work with. No assignments. Instructor Karen Halpern will foster critical thinking, and make suggestions to guide you, as you advance with your individualized project. Her goal is to broaden your viewpoint, and develop your skills and knowledge. Students generally use materials such as acrylics, oils, watercolor or collage. Bring your own lightweight portable easel, if you work upright. If you are a returning student, plan to start a fresh piece of work this semester! Not for beginning students.