Creative Arts

  • Painting with Acrylics and Oils

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 9:30-10:30am

    Tuesdays, March 29 - May 31st. 

    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.

  • Quilting Open Studio

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 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, May 19, 2022 | 9:30-12:30pm

    This group of advance potters work independently in our studio.
  • Photography Club

    Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Please note new day, now meeting on Thursdays! 

    Photography Club Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

    The Next Photography Club is for people who are interested in photography, all ability levels welcome. We maintain our own website and take monthly photo field trips.  For more information, send an email to:

  • Painting Open Studio

    Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 1:00-4:00pm

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

  • Knitting Open Studio

    Monday, May 23, 2022 | 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.

  • Next Artist Exhibit & Sale

    Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 11:00-7:00pm

    Next is home to many amazingly talented artists who work in a wide variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, photography, pottery, and needle and fiber arts. We will showcase some of their works at this special art show and sale — right here at Next. Please drop in anytime throughout the day and bring a friend or two along! If you would like to display work in this non-juried exhibit, you must be a member or currently registered in a Next art class. Each artist must submit an entry form by Tuesday, May 31. Forms are available in the Next office.

  • Studio Art Class

    Thursday, July 7, 2022 | 1:00-3:30pm

    Thursdays July 7 - August 25

    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.

  • Watercolor Painting Workshop

    Tuesday, July 12, 2022 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Note new day and time: Tuesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

    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.