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Arts After Hours: Watercolour Paint-Along

Special Event

Date & Time:

Wednesday August 3, 6 p.m.

Location:

Hendrie Park (680 Plains Rd W)

Types:

Art in the Gardens, Evenings, Get Social, Special Event

Length:

2+ Hours

Admission:

Ticketed Event

Event Description

Watercolour Paint-Along: Northern Lights

Discover the beauty of wet washes of bold colour that blend softly together to create the aurora borealis. Shelley will help you understand the materials and how to manipulate your watercolour for effective results that glow. 8×10” painting for all skill levels. Your ticket includes all the materials needed to create your very own work of art, and exclusive access to RBG’s Seeing The Invisible exhibit!

This is a 19+ event.

Header image: Forget Me Not, Ori Gersht

  • Watercolour painting of northern lights over Canadian lake, in yellow and green
  • Emily standing infront of a floating white picture frame with vibrant colours flowing on the canvas
  • Outdoor Bar With Wine
  • Bloodroot sculpture at sunset
  • tablet displaying sigalit landau's artwork

Tickets

$55 (+HST & Service Fees) per person

  • Prices subject to HST and Service Fees
  • Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale.
  • After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.

Event Itinerary

  • 6 to 7 p.m.: Arrival and Experience Seeing the Invisible
  • 7 to 9 p.m.: Formal Workshop Instruction
  • 9 to 11 p.m.: Explore at your leisure

NOTE: Seeing the Invisible will not be able for viewing after the workshop due to low light levels.

About the Instructor

Shelley Prior is a professional watercolour artist known for her realistic approach to a variety of subject matter and has won multiple awards for her work. She has been teaching art for the past 25 years, in the Burlington area as well as internationally. Shelley breaks down the techniques and tools in a very easy-to-understand way and explains the thought process from start to finish. She attended Sheridan College and Dundas Valley School of Art for her art training and went on to work commercially and eventually freelancing and teaching. More recently, classes and workshops have moved online and will continue to play an important role in sharing her techniques to a broader audience.

shelley prior portrait

About Arts After Hours

Looking for more? Explore the world of art in Hendrie Park through a variety of unique evening experiences. Tours, music, movie nights and workshops… there’s something for everyone! Get an exclusive look at Seeing The Invisible, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate art in all its forms!

Pricing and timing varies by event. See individual event listings for details.

Arts After Hours Summer Schedule

6 to 11 p.m.; see individual event itineraries

Food & Drink

Available to purchase from the mobile food trailer! All prices subject to HST.

Handheld

  • Tennessee Fried Chicken Sandwich $12
    Sesame Seed Bun, Shredded Romaine, Sour Pickle, Tennessee Hot sauce & Ranch
    Add Cheese $1
  • Burger $11
    Sesame Seed Bun, Shredded Romaine, Red onion, Tomato & Mayo
    Add Cheese $1
  • Veggie Burger
    Sesame Seed Bun, Shredded Romaine, Red onion, Tomato & Mayo
    Add Cheese $1
  • Foot Long Hotdog $10
    Ketchup, Relish & Mustard
  • Veggie Dog $8
    Ketchup, Relish & Mustard
  • Kids Dog $6 (10 and Under)
    Ketchup, Relish & Mustard

Bites

  • Poutine $10
    Quebec Cheese Curds & Beef Gravy
  • Tempura Onion Rings $7
    Add Ranch $1
  • Fries
    Add Gravy $1
  • Cookies $3

Drinks

  • Flow Water Box $3.5
  • Assorted Pop $3
  • Coffee / Tea $3

Bar menu to come!

Emily standing infront of a floating white picture frame with vibrant colours flowing on the canvas

Seeing the Invisible

An Augmented Reality Art Exhibit

June 2 to August 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Seeing the Invisible features new works by more than a dozen international artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ firsts works in AR.

Seeing the Invisible is generously supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Event F.A.Q.

Is this workshop open to beginners?

Absolutely! No experience necessary. Our instructor is happy to walk you through the basics in this laid back workshop where the emphasis is on having fun and learning something new!

What is included in the ticket price?

Your ticket includes admission to Hendrie Park and the Seeing the Invisible exhibit, and all the materials you will need to participate in the workshop.

Arrival / entry time

Guests are welcome to arrive anytime beginning at 6pm to tour the Seeing The Invisible exhibit before the scheduled workshop. Please make your way to the Rose Garden Tent for the workshop beginning at 7 p.m.

Please note, Seeing the Invisible will not be able for viewing after the workshop due to light levels.

Food and Drink

Grab some sips and bites to enjoy as you wander the garden! Concession by the Rose Tent will be available with grab and go fare available for purchase.

A 19+ Event

Event attendees must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please ensure you have a government-issued ID on your person during the event; anyone who does not present a valid ID upon request will be asked to leave.

Weather

This event is held rain or shine and is 100% outdoors, come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel a day due to inclement weather. If the event date is cancelled due to weather, a refund will be provided.

Tickets

Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event. When purchasing tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible. Tickets are final sale.

Your ticket includes exclusive access to the Seeing The Invisible exhibit. Please refer to the FAQ’s at rbg.ca/seeing-the-invisible for more information about accessing this exhibit.

You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking.

Masks

Effective May 5, visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens. Employees and volunteers will continue to wear a mask.

What do I do if I feel ill?

As part of our commitment and shared responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we ask that guests perform a self assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to your visit.

Should you feel ill please stay home and contact your health care provider. Your tickets can be transferred to other family members or friends (no transfer fee required).

Directions and parking

This event is held at Hendrie Park, located at 680 Plains Road W., Burlington ON. Parking is included in the ticket price, and available in the designated lot across the street at RBG Centre. Please enter through the main doors of RBG Centre where a tunnel is available under Plains Road to Hendrie Park.

Hendrie Park is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See Directions & Parking for more details.

Accessibility

All garden paths indicated on the map within the app are either paved, made of finely packed gravel, or over short stretches of grass. If accessing with a wheelchair / walker / stroller, an outdoor model is suggested. Some benches will be available for those who require them.

Accessible parking spaces are available outside RBG Centre. Visitors access the garden through RBG Centre, descending through the Atrium via stairs or an elevator.

If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or use the online form.

Washrooms

Washrooms are available just outside the Turner Pavilion Teahouse, and in RBG Centre on the lowest floor of the Atrium (at the base of the stairs, before you go through the tunnel into Hendrie Park.

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.

COVID-19 rights and responsibilities

Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario.

As such, event attendees are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies.

By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the event with you.

Terms and Conditions

Tickets purchased to special exhibitions are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the exhibition.

COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities: Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, guests are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies. By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the exhibition with you.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this tour on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.