Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

If you are looking for programs that challenge your creative abilities or that are mentally stimulating then the ParkSide Centre has what you seek. For the artist, we have drawing, painting and Paper Tole classes. The Sudbury Carving and Stained Glass Club will get you started in these media with one simple project. If crafting is more to your liking there is Traditional Rug Hooking, Bunka Embroidery and Quilting.

Acrylic Painting

This course will review colour theory by painting simple still lifes. Then we'll employ techniques like Underpainting, Glazing, Scumbling, Alla Prima, Wet On/In Wet, Watercolor Effects, Broken Colour, Stippling, Creating Texture, Dry Brush Technique, Spattering/Spraying, Pouring, Mixed Media and Collage. We'll explore styles from Traditional to Impressionism to Abstraction. For a list of supplies please email or call (705) 692-5386. 

April 6 - June 8, 2020 (No class on April 13 or May 18, 2020)
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$50.00 members          $80.00 non-members 
Maximum of 15 participants

The Art of Drawing

This course is an introduction to drawing, ideal for beginners or artists who would like to review their skills. Exercises are based on “Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain”. Topics covered will include value study, composition, perspective, still life, figure study and portraiture. There will be demonstrations of traditional techniques and exercises for drawing on different surfaces with a variety of drawing materials. For a list of supplies please email or call (705) 692-5386. 

April 7 - June 9, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$60.00 members  $90.00 non-members
Maximum of 15 participants

Sure You Can / Bien sûr vous êtes capable
Lozia (705-470-6155)

Fine arts for all levels in both official languages, in the medium of your choice (pencil, charcoal, soft and oil pastel, acrylic, watercolour, oil, etc.)

April 22 - June 24, 2020 
12:00 - 3:00 pm or 6:00 - 9:00 pm
$60.00 members  $90.00 non-members

Beaux arts a tous les niveaux, en le medium de votre choix (crayon, fusain, pastel molle et à l’huile, acrylique, aquarelle, l’huile, etc.)

22 avril à 24 juin, 2019
12h - 15h ou 18h - 21h
$60.00 membres  $90.00 pas membres

Transparent Watercolour Painting 

For beginners, this course will start with an emphasis on the fundamentals of value studies, composition and colour theory, leading to basic and advanced methods of applying paint. Returning class members will continue with subject matter of their choosing and also include explorations in abstraction. This class is designed not only for beginners, but for more experienced individuals who wish to improve their skill set. 

April 9 - June 11, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$60.00 members          $90.00 non-members 
Led by Ron Nadjiwon 
Maximum of 15 participants

Drawing and Painting at the Parkside Centre                                       

This is a new group which will introduce members initially to drawing through the use of different approaches and media. In a relaxed environment we'll encourage observational and imaginative drawing, and look at developing related skills with regard to the use of tone, line, and a range of techniques. As the group progresses we'll begin to experiment with colour and wet media, and there'll be opportunities to experiment with acrylic painting and to pursue individual projects.

April 3 - June 5, 2020 (no class on April 10)
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$60.00 members  $90.00 non-members
Led by Rosemary Maddock
Maximum of 15 participants.

Drawing and Painting with Rosie

Missed out on Rosie’s Friday classes? Don’t worry Rosie has generously decided to offer additional drawing and painting classes on Wednesdays too! Learn to draw and paint through the use of different approaches and media. This relaxed, welcoming environment encourages observational and imaginative art, all well developing skills with regards to the use of tone, line, and a range of techniques. Throughout this course the opportunity to experiment with acrylic paint, wet media and colour will arise, as well as a chance to pursue an individual project.   

April 1 - June 3, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$60.00 members  $90.00 non-members
Led by Rosemary Maddock
Maximum of 10 participants.

Saturday Studio Session                                                          

A relaxed creative environment where group members can pursue their own art interests, with support and guidance from the facilitator, Rosie Maddock. Participants will bring their own materials for the work they wish to pursue, although the facilitator may occasionally introduce group members to different materials/media.

Instruction will be offered as required, although the group will essentially be unstructured for the most part.

The group will meet on Saturdays, accommodation and facilitator allowing. There may be some occasions when the group will not be able to meet. 

April 11 - June 6, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$60.00 members     $90.00 non-members
Print Making Workshop

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Prints are created from a single original surface, known technically as a matrix or a plate. Prints are multipliable, easy to transport and exhibit.

Rosemary Maddock and Chantal Abdul-Noor will lead this class. Rosie arrived in Sudbury from the U.K. in 2009 having received a B.A. Honours Degree in “Drawing for Fine Art Practice" from Bath University shortly before moving, and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from Abingdon and Witney College three years earlier. Her interests could broadly be described as experimental. Chantal is an Instructor at Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Sciences where she teaches Graphic Design and is a member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers

Wednesday, August12, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
$50.00 for one day $85.00 for both. 
Required supplies will be extra.

Paper Tole

Now, at the Parkside Centre, master the art of Paper Tole design by learning how to easily create beautiful three-dimensional, frameable works of art to grace your home. The instructor, Lita Labrosse, has been creating fine paper tole art for more than 25 years.

From beginner to advanced, she invites everyone interested in mastering the art of paper tole to participate in her very interactive hands-on classes at the Parkside. Space is limited (maximum of 10) so register now. For more information, contact the front desk or Lita at (705) 983-2868.

April 1 - June 3, 2020
12:00 - 3:00 pm
$5.00 members   $10.00 non-members

Traditional Rug Hooking (

From the Maritimes where it started, to the Parkside Centre where people are getting very excited about it, traditional rug hooking (not latch hooking) is an easy craft to master. In this peer learning environment you will learn everything you need to know on how to create rugs so beautiful, you will hesitate to put them on the floor.

April 2 - June 18, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Free for members $2.00 non-members 

Swedish Embroidery

Swedish weaving, a form of embroidery is a very relaxing and fun needle craft that dates back several centuries. In more recent times, this old needle craft has also been known as Swedish huck weaving, huckaback darning, huck embroidery and punto yugoslavo.

In the 1930's and 1940's, Swedish huck weaving on toweling was so popular that many designs were created. Some of these designs have been adapted for use with Monk's cloth. Today, the resurgence of Swedish weaving on Monk's cloth has made it once again very popular and the hottest needlecraft to do.

Join our craft group to learn how to embroider the Swedish way.

April 7 – June 9, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free for members $2.00 non-members

Nicky Do Stained Glass

Come and Join Nicole Paquette in a Stained Glass Workshop

Bring your own pattern or let Nicky help you select one. Nicky will be there to guide you through the different steps and techniques as your piece comes to life. Come and enjoy a creative activity and make something that you will be proud to show your friends. Everyone welcome!

Minimum 2 People, Max 6 People

Saturday April 11, 25
Saturday May 9, 23
Saturday June 6, 20
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
$40.00 members, $60.00 non-members

Craft Room Workshops                                                             

The craft room will be bustling with activity in the spring. Along with the many regular activities that will be continuing, the Craft Room ladies are also planning a number of workshops that will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more information on the workshop schedule, drop in to the craft room.