Fundamentals of Interior Design

with CJ Zondervan

True North Interior Design & Antiques

Wednesdays, 10 am - 12 pm

March 6 - April 10, 2019

Class Fee: $150

CJ Zondervan is National Council for Interior Design Qualification certified​​ with a BFA in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids with specialized studies in historic preservation & restoration.  Several years back she and her husband Dan relocated to northern Michigan and they now own and operate True North Interior Design & Antiques off of Van Pelt Alley in downtown Charlevoix.  

This spring, CJ will offer a 6 week crash-course at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts on interior design on Wednesday afternoons. Students will gain a deeper appreciation for interiors from many different core perspectives.  Whether you are embarking on a design project of your own, designing a new house or just have an interest in all things beautiful and functional, CJ will broaden your perspective on what could make your living environment a more blissful place in which to live. 

March 6: PowerPoint lecture on the elements of design. Contrast, shape, scale, color, texture, rhythm, focal point.
March 13: Reading blue prints and drawing a floor plan
March 20: PowerPoint lecture on the history of furniture
March 27: Work on floor plan drawing, furniture arranging, wall elevations, placing art, accessories and window treatment
April 3: Materials, fabric, wall-covering, flooring, stone, tile, wood, counters
April 10: finish floor plans and elevations, lighting & color

Cottage Design with CJ Zondervan

True North Interior Design & Antiques

Wednesdays, 10 am - 12 pm

May 8 - 29, 2019

Class Fee: $100


​​​May 8: PowerPoint lecture on the history of “cottages” in the US. Lake cottages, camps, cabins, ocean cottages/homes, Maine style, Nantucket style, Newport RI, shingle style, Gothic style, Michigan style (includes Earl Young houses)
May 15: PowerPoint lecture on cottage furniture: rustic, wicker, rattan, cast-off, painted, twig, log and home-made
May 22: Design a dream cottage using a given floor plan. PowerPoint lecture on cottage fabrics, slipcovers, vintage fabric and indoor-outdoor fabrics
May 29: Complete dream cottage plan with furniture and fabric selections​

Watercolor Class

With Nancy Nordloh Neville & Bruce Allan Neville

July 15-16, 2019

9am to 4pm each day.

Class Fee: $300, $50 non refundable deposit.


​​​Paint for 2 days with nationall known watercolorists Nancy Nordloh Neville & Bruce Allen Neville!   Learn to paint with clear, clean color with freshness and spontaneity.  Still life and architectural demos each day, class size limited.  
​Located at Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

2019 Class Schedule

Young Artist Atelier

For Middle - High School Students

Last Saturday of each month, 9 am - 12 pm

January 26 - April 27, 2019

Class Fee: Free!

Burgeoning young artists work with professionartists to be mentored in fine art techniques.  Ope to students from middle through high school age.  Limit of 10 students.  Please contact us to register your student at or 231-547-3554 .

January 26: Artist Jeannie Puttman - Watercolor 
February 23: Artist Lynn Carson - Oil Painting
March 30: Art in the Afternoon artists' group workshop -
April 27: Artist Mike Coltman - Pastel

Watercolor Sketchbook

With Patrick Kelly Wise 

July 8 - 9, 2019 


July 29 - 30, 2019

10am to 1pm each day.

Class Fee: $150 per class session. 

Patrick Kelly Wise will be teaching 2 class sessions (you do not have to do both).

A fast, loose approach to capture the essence of the scene with a concentration on how to see and seeing deeply.  Class is well suited for the beginner as well as professional.  This class can be taken with minimal watercolor supplies, purchases in a small kit to get one started.  The only other needed materials are a good pair of walking shoes and a sun hat as we will be working locally plein air.​  Class sizes limited to 12.