Creative Arts

  • Painting Open Studio

    Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 1:00-4:00pm

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

  • Fused Glass Six-Inch Dish, Bowl or Votive Candle Holder

    Friday, December 1, 2023 | 11:00-10:00pm

    In this workshop you will be introduced to the art of Fused Glass and glass cutting techniques and make a one of a kind masterpiece. Choose between a 6” dish, bowl, or votive holder. You will be instructed on how to arrange and stack colorful pieces of glass on a base piece of compatible glass to create your unique design. Pieces will then be fused and slumped in a kiln and will be ready for pick-up approximately two weeks after the class. No experience necessary, and the season for gift giving is almost here! All tools and materials will be provided.

  • Drawing Workshop - Part Two

    Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am

    Part Two: Advanced Drawing Tuesdays, September 5 through September 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

    Join artist, instructor and facilitator of the 100-day project, Kay Sulfaro in Part Two of her drawing workshop series. In part two Kay will begin with a “brush up” from Part One. This workshop will take the techniques learned in the fi rst workshop and move into drawing with ink and incorporating the use of color! Ask for supply list at Next.

  • Acrylic & Oil Painting

    Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 12:00-3:00pm

    Ready to dust off your paints and learn something new in painting? Or, want to learn the basics of acrylic and oil from scratch? Look no further. Next welcomes back mixed media artist/instructor Marat Paransky. His studio practice includes sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and other media. This class covers a wide range of acrylic and oil painting topics: from choosing the right surface and getting started with your composition, to understanding how color works, and eventually to experimenting with techniques and materials. All experience levels are welcome. There will be demos and discussions about artists in class. Students will need to purchase their own supplies and have them for the first class — the provided supplies list will be available at the front office, upon registration. Also, please have an idea and some pictures/photos from which to work, beginning with the first class. Three week series. 

  • Holiday Card Making

    Friday, December 8, 2023 | 9:30-10:30am

    Join Beth Johnson, owner of Beth Johnson Creations, and embrace the spirit of the season. Beth will teach a variety of different greeting card making techniques for you to make FIVE different festive Holiday cards. We will have fun with, die-cutting, stenciling, and an assortment of crafty and artistic methods. Material fee of $5.00 to be paid to instructor on day of class.

  • Photography Club

    Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am

    Please note, the Photo Club meets on the second Thursday of each month 10:00- 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:

  • Watercolor Painting Workshop

    Wednesday, January 10, 2024 | 2:00-3:00pm

    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 11, 2024 | 1:00-3:30pm

    Not for beginning students. 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.