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. 

Summer Art Seminars

Once again The ParkSide Centre is pleased to announce a continuation of our arts seminars that are planned for our July Summer Art Seminar Series.

We are planning on hosting one-day Print Making Workshops, Acrylic Painting Workshops, Shibouri Workshops and another.

Call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227 for details.

Walking Tour to the Art Gallery  

ParkSide Centre member Elizabeth Holmes will be displaying her art work at the Art Gallery of Sudbury from February 28 - April 21, 2019. Elizabeth Holmes is a senior, multi-media artist based in Sudbury. Her art work is informed by her personal experiences, as well as observations of the experiences of others around her. Jim Cook will be leading a guided walk to the Art Gallery to take in Elizabeth’s Thinking About Loss exhibition.

Thinking About Loss is a paper-based art exhibition that explores the inherent beauty of discarded materials and the narrative stories which they carry, the passing of time, and change. The exhibition includes more than 65 art works and spans four decades of the artist’s work, from 1979 to 2019, evidencing techniques of collage, found objects and photography.

Admission to the exhibition is by donation.

April 18, 2019
1:00 pm

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 1 - June 17, 2019 (No class on April 22 or May 20, 2019)
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$60.00 members          $90.00 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 2 - June 4, 2019
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 17 - June 19, 2019
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.)

17 avril à 19 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 4 - June 6, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$60.00 members          $90.00 non-members
Led by Ron Nadjiwon
Maximum of 15 participants

Summer Studio

Have you been working on your masterpiece in one of Ron Nadjiwon’s art classes but you haven’t been able to finish it yet or are you chomping at the bit to start the next one? If the answer to either of these questions is yes then you will be happy to learn that the ParkSide Centre will keep the doors to the Hobby Room open throughout the summer. You will be able to work on your art free of charge in a comfortable air conditioned setting and Ron will show up when he can to provide you with any assistance you might need.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 2 - August 29, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm

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 5 - June 7, 2019
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 3 - June 5, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$60.00 members         $90.00 non-members
Led by Rosemary Maddock
Maximum of 10 participants.

Facilitated Studio Session – Open Studio
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 6 - June 8, 2019
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
$60.00 members     $90.00 non-members

Greeting Card Making with Andrea   

This class offers the participant a chance to make two, possibly three greeting cards in an afternoon. The first card will be a Birthday Card using the die cut technique. The second card will be an Anniversary Card and the third card will be based on the class interests.. You must pre-register for this class!

May 23, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00 members         $30.00 non-members
Maximum 6 people

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 3 - June 5, 2019
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 4 - June 20, 2019
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.

January 8 - June11, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free for members       $2.00 non-members

Carving 101

In this program, members of the Sudbury Carving and Stained Glass Club will lead you from start to finish in carving a bird. You will learn about the basic tools and techniques to complete other carvings. This club is open to anyone interested in carving a bird. Wood is available at a nominal cost and some tools will be supplied. However, if you have your own tools, please bring them. Some supplies you will need to bring are; a carving knife, wood chisels, rasps and sand paper. This is an introductory carving course and upon completion you will be ready to join the regular carving group.

January to June
Monday to Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stained Glass 101

Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. Sudbury Carving and Stained Glass Club and Parkside Centre members will teach you everything you need to know to create your own works of stained glass art.

January - June
Monday to Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Introduction to Paverpol Sculptures 

Join Kari-Anne Piche in creating a Paverpol Sculpture. She will guide you, step-by-step, in a non-intimidating, laid-back atmosphere. Whether or not you think of yourself as a "creative" person, if you would like to be more creative, this intro class is designed just for you! No previous art experience is necessary!

The Introduction class is the perfect place to start into the world of Paverpol. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist everyone is welcome. In this class you will learn the basics, starting with building a form from a wire frame with aluminum foil.

The cost is $115.00 per person for the one day introductory class and includes instruction, a subscription to the Little Art Garage newsletter and all the materials necessary for you to leave with a completed sculpture. To register for this program, visit and click on sign up! First come, first served. Full payment required to guarantee your spot in the class.

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm