Creative Arts

  • Advanced Pottery Studio

    Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 9:30-12:30pm

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

    Thursday, August 18, 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, August 18, 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, August 22, 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.

  • Quilting Open Studio

    Wednesday, August 24, 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.

  • New! Basket Weaving - Roll Basket

    Friday, September 9, 2022 | 10:00-2:00pm

    This class is at capacity. Please call the office to be added to the wait list. 


    Next welcomes Kathy McMinn, owner of The Basket Sampler in Milford. Join Kathy in learning the art of basket weaving. In this class you will make this colorful, fun “storage” basket perfect for rolls — or whatever suits your fancy! It will be woven with natural and dyed reed, with many color choices available. Finish it off with leather handles, also in a choice of colors. We are allowing four hours for the class as each individual works at their own pace. Beginners welcome. All materials will be supplied. 

  • Painting with Acrylics and Oils

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Nine weeks, Tuesdays from September 13 through November 15 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - No Class October 4. Beginners through advanced students.

    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.

  • Studio Art Class

    Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Thursdays, September 15 through November 10 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Not for beginning students. Work with materials you are already familiar with via prior class instruction.

    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, September 20, 2022 | 2:00-4:00pm

     Nine weeks - Wednesdays from September 14 through November 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm - No Class October 5. Beginners through advanced students.

    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.

  • Dia De Los Muertos - Day of the Dead

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Join Mary Luevanos as she educates us about Dia de los Muertos or "Day of the Dead" through storytelling and art. Mary will help us create our own calavera (skull), one of the most recognizable and artistic elements of Day of the Dead festivities, while she explains the traditions of this ancient celebration.