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Northport Arts Association

    Arts For All in Northport Michigan

2018 Classes

All classes take place at The Village Arts Building unless otherwise noted.

Please PRE-REGISTER for classes using the "Sign Up for a Class" form below the class descriptions. 

It is important that you register prior to the class so instructor knows what is needed for class preparation.

At this time we ask that you bring a check to the class to make payment. 

     (NOTE: please read descriptions of classes as some may have different requirements for payment)

We are pleased to offer the following classes and studio time:

Open Studio

Making Art Together 

Every Thursday, 10am-1pm

If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, Open Studio will not be open.

Make It, Take It!!
Design a Small Collage

April 12, 1:30-3:30pm

with Barbara Waddell

Cost $15.00 per class  (includes materials)


April 12th          Design a Small Collage (includes fusible fabric & gelli plate prints)

Meditation through Movement
February 21 - April 11, 7pm
with Rebecca Dujanowicz, LMT/HTP
Cost: $15.00 per class or $115 for series


Chakradance is a healing practice of balancing your energy through dance, meditation, visualization and mandala creation.
Class starts with an opening meditation to quiet our minds.  There is a short warm up of deep breathing and grounding of our center.  Then we move into the class itself.  Becca will guide each participant through visualization & you will allow your body to move in whatever way feels comfortable.  
Each week will focus on a different Chakra:
4/4 crown
4/11 integration
After completion of chakra focus, we do our mandala art.  Each participant draws what comes to their mind.  Afterwards, we have short discussion and closing meditation. 

Kids! Paint & Fly Your Kite!
Stories too

At the Village Arts Building, 301 N. Mill St.

In collaboration with Northport Library, Friends of the Library and Northport Arts Association

April 21, 1 - 3pm
FREE to school age children
(supplies are limited you must pre-register at the library)

Art Baskets Workshop
with Kerry Bowes
April 28, 10am - 4pm
$60 member, $72 non member

(plus $10 materials fee)


What is it? How does it work? What increases it?

Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

with Marie Elena Gaspari

Cost: $15 

In this Introductory Class we will Share our intuitive experiences,

Explore the relationship between quantum physics and intuition,

and Learn how to develop our intuitive abilities.

Marie Elena Gaspari is a Wisdom Teacher. She has forty years of spiritual exploration, study, and practice. Marie Elena has done over four hundred Intuitive Readings. She has led over three hundred ritual and ceremonial events, including monthly women’s moon circles and 

Rite-of-Passage gatherings.

She has an M.A. from Naropa University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


mgaspari44 @gmail.com (231) 432-0722

Painting Art Stones

For all ages

With Earlene Barry

May 8, 1-3pm

COST $10 for 1-2, $15 for for 3 or more

Drawing Nature with Pen and Ink

May 9, 1-4pm

With Deb Welty

COST $25 member $30 non member


Drawing Trillium  

Students may bring photos of trillium to work from.  I will bring some to share 


  • One  9 x 12 Canson Mixed Media 98 pound 60 page art journal. (#12468-1023 from Dick Blicks) or also available at Michaels.  This is blue and spiral bound
  • A Faber Castell Fineliner set of 4 black artist pens (# 20759-2029 from Dick Blicks)
  • A regular pencil and a white "Factis" plastic or "MOO" professional white eraser
  • A paper towel to protect their work surface from the oil in their hands

Indigo Dye Workshop

With Shanna Robinson

May 11, 10am-4pm

Cost $50 member $60 non member (plus $15 materials fee)


With Jane Ditri

May 15 & 16, 10am-4pm

Cost $150 member $170 non member

Kids! Paint a Birdhouse and Stories too!

Collaboration with Northport Library, Friends of Library and Northport Arts Association.


FREE (must register at the library)



With Lyn Brow


$25 member $30 non member

Painting with Oil & Acrylic

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

with Denice Goldschmidt

Cost $150.00 Members, $170 Non-members


My hope is that we will complete two still life paintings, in class. For homework during our 6 weeks together, I will encourage each of us to work on a painting at home and bring it to class each week for critique. This will strengthen our skills of working on our own and yet have others to help us make decisions.

Bring a photo or selection of photos you'd like to paint at home during our 6 weeks together. It would be ideal if it were photos you have taken.

*I have a personal request. I am allergic to strong fragrances. If you are accustomed to wearing perfume or scents, I ask you to refrain during the day of our class time. 


Canvases: 2 (two) 16"x20". Michaels always has a good supply. Get ones that are stapled on the back, not on the sides. This way, you have an option of framing or not framing.


(Oils: 1.25 fl. oz. tubes, Acrylics: 4 - 5 fl. oz. tubes)

Titanium White

Cadmium red deep

Cadmium yellow deep

Sap green

Purple - suggest Diaxazine Purple

Raw Umber

Alizarin Crimson


lemon yellow

Cadmium orange

Prussian Blue


A note about brushes: The better the quality, the better they will perform and the longer they will last. I clean mine rigorously and they have lasted for more than 30 years!

Size 6 Bright (square ended flats)

Size 14 Bright

Size 6 Filbert (round ended flat brush)

Size 12 Filbert

Palette knife - get the one with a rounded end, not pointed end.

Paper palette at least 12" x 16" - or a palette you have and are used to using. Some use plasticized paper plates. Best to use a white one.

One roll of paper towel

Oil painters

Two (2) - 1 pint size jars with covers for veg. oil for clean up. Veg. oil and Palmolive dish soap will be supplied. 

(Oil paints come in water mixable form - clean-up is easier with water. If you are a beginning oil painter, this is a good choice. If you choose to move to full oils, these will not be wasted because they can be used with the full oil paints. For this class, regular oil painters will use vegetable oil to clean brushes to avoid chemical odors. If you use odorless cleaner, bring it for me to pass judgment on it. Turpentine and even mineral spirits will not be allowed. These are not wrong, but for health reasons we will clean our brushes initially with veg. oil, then Palmolive dish soap.

Acrylic painters

Cans for water

Retarder to keep paints from drying too fast

Small spray bottle for water to keep paints from drying. Michaels has them. Google - keep acrylic paint from drying out. It has good ideas of how to store your acrylics and how to keep them wet overnight and longer.

Apron or paint shirt to protect your clothing

Regular pencil and eraser to sketch out your composition for your painting. Paper will be supplied.

General comments:

Check Michaels and places on line like Dick Blick for supplies

Some like to use disposable vinyl gloves. I do. Any hardware store or pharmacy carries these.

Questions? Contact Denice Goldschmidt. 231-386-9058 [email protected]

Come back often to see more class offerings!

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Paying for Classes

We apologize, but currently the option to pay for classes on line is not operating. Payments for the class can be made at the class. Checks should be made out to the Northport Arts Association.

(NOTE: please read descriptions of classes as some may have different requirements for payment)

PRE-REGISTRATION - Please sign up for the class using the form to the left. You will receive a confirmation that your request has been received within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation within that time please email [email protected] to confirm.

We will notify you via email or phone call if the class is cancelled due to minimal enrollment.