Evening Art at Ruthven Park Spring Workshop Series

This spring, enjoy Ruthven Park’s suite of art workshops on biweekly Wednesday evenings in the Coach House!

The Evening Art at Ruthven Park Spring Workshop Series is open to everyone; no experience is necessary for participation in any of the workshops.

The cost is $40.00 + HST per workshop in the Series. However, the more you book, the more you save.

  • $75.00 + HST for two workshops (save $5.00)
  • $110.00 + HST for three workshops (save $10.00)
  • $140.00 + HST for four workshops (save $20.00)

Space is limited, so you must book and purchase your tickets in advance. You may do so by visiting the Gate House office in person, by calling 905-772-0560, or emailing info@ruthvenpark.ca.

Book Paper Sculpture Workshop – Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Craft a beautiful “Quiet Nest” book paper sculpture, inspired by the Easter season, with award-winning artist Donna Wark.  No previous art experience is necessary; the only tools required are a sense of humour and a desire to be creative.

Light treats, tea, and coffee included.

Instructor’s Bio

Donna Wark is an award-winning paper artist from Binbrook, Ontario who specializes in turning vintage paper into visually stunning book sculptures.

Her work has been seen on multiple media levels, and has been sold through live auctions, galleries, festivals and commission work. Some stunning examples of these pieces can be viewed on Donna’s website.

Historic Rag Rug Workshop – Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm – SOLD OUT

Create your own historic rag rug for your home with returning instructor Helen Sluis. Participants in this workshop will learn a centuries-old technique of rug braiding that requires no sewing whatsoever to hold it together and produces a rug that is very durable, reversible and, if under 4′ in diameter, machine-washable. Rag rugs and smaller projects such as the trivet-sized piece that will be made during the course are perfect for both traditional and modern homes and can be made to suit any decor.

Light treats, tea, and coffee included.

Instructor’s Bio

Helen Sluis is a longtime employee of Dundurn National Historic Site in Hamilton, Ontario who has put a great deal of energy and effort into gardening and programming at that site. Working in a museum environment for many years inspired this heritage arts’ instructor to learn how to recreate a wide variety of 19th century handicrafts including crazy quilts and floor coverings such as hand-painted floor cloths and rag rugs. She has taught versions of this rag run workshop at Ruthven Park a few times in years past. Staff hope that former participants who’ve asked when she will be back will be pleased by her return!

Watercolour Painting Workshop – Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm

In anticipation of blooms in the garden, celebrate warmer weather with an evening of watercolour painting. Inspired by our Edwardian Garden, local artist and educator Heather Gross will lead you in exploring this wonderful medium, putting pigment to paper to capture the colours of spring and summer. No previous watercolour experience is necessary! All art materials will be supplied.

Wine, cheese, and tasty nibbles included.

Instructor’s Bio

Heather Gross’ passion is watercolour. The simplicity of water & pigment combined with the complexity of techniques to be explored both excite & challenge her. Inspiration comes from nature in her backyard and far off places. Painting from real life & photos, Heather captures the interplay of light, shadow, shape, pattern, texture & colour in her home studio in Cayuga. Botanical illustration has recently captured her interest.  Heather is excited to be one of eighteen juried Canadian artists selected for the Art of the Plant exhibition, at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Stone Wall Gallery, in Ottawa. Her botanical work will be shared with a global audience from May to October 2018.  Sharing her passion, Heather enjoys teaching watercolours in Cayuga.  As a retired teacher & school administrator, art now gives direction, purpose and time to play in retirement.

Yoga Workshop & Candlelight Tour of the Mansion – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Join certified yoga teacher Rachel Binek for a mindful yoga class. A healthy treat break will be followed by a candlelight tour of the Mansion.

Please bring your own yoga mat as we are unable to provide them at this time. Please also dress for exercize and bring a reuseable water bottle in case you get thirsty during the class.

Instructor’s Bio

Namaste.  Rachel began to practice yoga over three years ago after discovering its joys and benefits, especially in healing anxiety, while backpacking throughout Southeast Asia. In 2016 she completed her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in Rishikesh, India specializing in Hatha yoga. This spiritual journey brought her a new sense of peace, light, and love towards herself and others that she now loves to share with the world. One of her favourite places to practice outdoors, in that it helps to keep her in the moment, regardless of the distractions that Nature can bring; wind, noise, etc,. Rachel teaches Introductory Hatha and Hatha Flow classes, and eagerly anticipates sharing her passion in the special series that will be held at Ruthven Park. She hopes all who attend will leave feeling balanced, connected to their bodies, and awakened.