♥ CreativeArtsCafe ♥
Craft is Community. Art is connection.  For people of all ages and skill levels - from young children and teens to adults and seniors  - the Creative Arts Cafe is a dynamic place to explore your creativity and allow your imagination room to roam.  

*Site still under construction and so is our schedule.  Please email us with any requests or questions. (We're so user friendly.)

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looking for hard-to-find supplies?
a few of our favorite things are available at northwoodstudios.us:

Templates for creating handmade paper, tags, envelopes, lamp shades

Tools and toys for papermaking, including pour molds etc.

Seed embedded Paper goods (sheets and cardsize stock, templates for boxes, envelopes...)

We share an extensive wealth of skills and tools for a range of creative means. but rather .  We think we offer the best creative and free-flowing experience  around.  Nothing "canned" or "cookie cutter" - just enthusiastic instruction and respectful guidanceAnd, we think you will agree! 
are a great way to explore and create a specific technique.  They are generally held nights and weekends throughout the year & can be set up to meet your interests, your schedule.  
are offered long-term and allow students to develop projects under instructor's guidance.  In general, for both adult and youth classes, our class sessions are offered in 5 week cycles and run all year round.
Wednesday AM,  10 to 1
January 23, 30
An introduction
to the materials, techniques, structures and concepts used in creating artists’ books.


First session
covers a range of basic binding structures, cover boards, and low-tech printing methods.
  Materials included to complete an individual book in class, using our beautiful papers and techniques.

Second session introduces more advanced techniques and inspirations for  creating unique books that integrate form, imagery, and text. ( Some materials included - optional materials available at discount in class.)

 watercolor studies
Tuesdays  9:30 to 1
  Jan 21 through Feb 25
*6 sessions

 The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself.
Caspar David Friedric



Explore watercolor technique with a versatile palette of compatible core colors.    Directed instruction on watercolor techniques
; discussion of brushes, papers, pigments, mediums, with an emphasis on principles of art - composition, color,  as well as presentation of finished pieces.


           Materials list sent on signup.

Drawing Studio
Mondays  9:30 to 1
Jan 20 through Feb 24
$ 150.00

Covers the mechanics of drawing and fundamental principles of design ~ line, form, value and composition.
  Upgrade your toolbox with one & two point perspective.
Review pattern and value plus basic anatomical proportions of the figure and face. Some color theory and art history, discussion of realism/ abstraction.    Left-brain exercises lead to still life arrangements with pen, pencil and graphite. 
Prerequisite: None.      Materials provided.
A Recipe Box of Mixed Media Techniques

2 day workshop

m t w t f s s Feb 2-3
9:00am -4:00pm

Tuition: $155; Studio Fee: $45

Materials included

Early Registration Tuition (Deadline January 15): $125
In this weekend workshop participants learn recipes for creating rich, beautiful surfaces on their acrylic paintings. Working on paper and museum board mounted to wood, students will experiment with techniques such as sanding,stenciling, and inscribing to add texture to their work.
A variety of mixed media will be introduced including color pencils and beeswax. Students are encouraged to explore and cook up as many combinations of techniques and mediums as this class offers (plus more), going home with a full recipe box of samples to inspire their future work.      Prerequisite: None.         Materials: Provided.
early regist. plus studio fee

  For Friends and Family: the Creative Arts Cafe is open   Thursdays, 7 - 9:30 for a delightfully indulgent evening of relaxing creative fun. A new activity each session, served up with homemade cookies and herbal tea.      bring a friend!  :~)  *byob! Enjoy!
at the Jonesville studio  on Gatorback Road.
  $25.00 per person per evening includes lesson & materials to complete a project.

"The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings" ~ r. l. stevenson