Hands on events for all-ages!

Eager to pick up a new hobby or explore a different skill? Join the many talented arts practitioners of Scugog over the 8-days of small town BIG and participate in some of our interactive events.

Lavender-Blu Interactive Garden Tour

Monday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 8th, 1 pm daily at Lavender-Blu, 2375 Bank Rd, Seagrave.

Join Mila, the owner of Lavender-Blu for an interactive tour of her garden. Tours will be approx. 45 mins to 1 hour and consists of 12 stations as an educational element to the eco-garden. 

The studio will be open from 10 am – 4 pm for visitors every day of small town BIG. Lavender-Blue features over 100 lavender products that are created on their farm, and by local artists.  Since 2007 Lavender-Blu has been hand-crafting value-added artisanal lavender products. They teach the public about the multifaceted beauty of lavender via workshops and community-based activities. Lavender-Blu is comprised of a hobby farm, a lavender garden and a lavender artisan studio. Their mandate is to beautify our community, create unique hand-made artisan products, as well as educate individuals on the subject of lavender.

Photography Challenge with Jonathan van Bilsen 

Saturday April 30th, 1:30 pm at Jonathan’s Studio, 188 Mary St. Port Perry

We are challenging you to photograph landmarks around our small town. You have from Saturday, April 30th to Saturday, May 7th to use your creativity and photography skills to capture the landmarks of Scugog. Submit your photos via email to info@scugogarts.ca or tag us @Scugogarts on Instagram. The top photos will be featured on our website and social media pages.

We want to see how you capture Scugog on camera! From experienced photographers to complete beginners, all are welcome to participate in this week long challenge. See what you can do with the camera on your phone! This is a great opportunity to explore a new hobby and have some fun in our community.

Jonathan will be opening up the challenge with an artist talk about his work in photography and sharing some insight about his skills. He will also be answering questions, he can share the basics for beginners or give some tips and tricks to the more advanced photographer. 

Metal Jewelry Making Demo

Friday May 6th, Drop-in 1-4 pm at the Scugog Arts Space

Join Cheryl Fulcher for demonstrations on how to make a forged cuff bracelet and chain-link jewelry. The forged cuff bracelet demo will be an interactive display to promote conversation around tool options and the process. (Due to the loud noise, Cheryl won’t be hammering as earplugs are recommended.) This display will offer a variety of tool options, ranging from basic affordable tools for those just starting out, to more specialized jewellery tools. She will have pieces in progress set up with the various tools to demonstrate how they can be used.

Cheryl will also be giving an interactive ongoing demonstration of how to make various types of chain links. She will have various types of weaves in progress to demonstrate how they are made. The display will offer a variety of tool options, ranging from, a basic set of pliers, to more specialized jewellery tools, how to make your own links from wire versus purchasing commercially prepared links, how the inner diameter and wire gauge (thickness) will determine the look and shape of the pattern, various metal options, the display will feature sterling silver, copper, stainless steel and rubber “o” rings.

Open Studio Art Exploration

Monday May 2nd, Drop-in 4-7 pm at the Scugog Arts Space

All ages are welcome to join for a tape-off art class. Tape, blend and create, drop by the arts space for this FREE activity. No registration is required just bring yourself, some enthusiasm and creativity!


Yoga/Pilates at the Gallery

Sunday May 8th, 9-10 am at the Scugog Arts Space

Start your Sunday morning out right and get moving with Jessica Smith. Bring along your mother, your daughter, or really anyone you think could use some movement in their day. 

Emphasizing stability, strength, and mobility this full-body class combines yoga and pilates to create a joyful and energetic movement experience. We will flow through strength-building poses before arriving at a peak sequence, and end with a chilled-out stretch session. Expect mindful breath work and stillness, full-body strengthening sequences, ooey-gooey spinal awakening, and groovy tunes.

Jessica is a movement facilitator who lives in Port Perry, Ontario. She is a lover of moving in all ways and has been practicing yoga for 15 years. After discovering a class style that fuses yoga and pilates in 2017, she went on to complete her 200hr teacher training in this method and has taught in Toronto, Hamilton and the Durham Region. As a certified Barre instructor, she also draws on the teachings of musicality and dance when building her classes.

Painting with Palette Knife

Saturday April 30th, 1-4 pm at META4 Art Gallery

Learn the many wonderful techniques and textures you can do with a palette knife and acrylic paints. In just one afternoon! You will learn various application methods and complete a small painting using all our new skills. No previous experience is required.

The class will be taught by Brigitta MacLeod one of the founders of the META4 Art Gallery. The gallery is Ontario’s premier destination for fine craft, original art and invigorating studio programs for all ages. Opened in 2005 in historic downtown Port Perry, this artistic hub is owned by three artist-entrepreneurs, Jennifer Hardie, Birgitta MacLeod and Bonnie Thomson.

META4 will be having their much anticipated “off the wall sale” during the month of May. Any painting or wall-hanging sculpture is 10% off all month long.

Tickets will be $70, reserve your spot here

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