Registration for all SPRING 2020 Art Classes has officially begun.
Classes in the CURRENT session begin on March 11 until May 1st, 2020
Spots fill quickly due to small class sizes and one on one instruction with the instructor. Call Penny at (250) 327-2533 to register in the course of your choice.
Island Girl Art Studio
My name is Penny Maday Ciochetti and I am an Award wining, International artist and instructor and the operator of Island Girl Art Studio on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
The studio opened it's doors in 2009 .
I travel and exhibit my Art work in Europe and Canada.
After 37 years of teaching in the Arts, I took a "sabbatical" and from 2018 to 2019 I lived and studied in Florence , Italy and completed my Graduate work (Post Baccalaureate) in Studio Arts from the prestigious Art School - SACI ( Studio Arts College International.) In between classes and studio time, I also taught English through the Arts to a grade 4 class each week at Torrigiani Elementary School in Florence with cooperating teacher, Monica Pani. In April 2019 my work was part of a group show in Florence.
Upon my return to Canada work from the "Love Letters To Leonardo Series" started in the Florence studios was in the Federation of Canadian Artist's International show - Painting On The Edge 2019 in Vancouver.
In August 2019 I returned to Italy to attend an intensive two week Mixed Media Art workshop with Rosenclaire in Poppiano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Over 82 works of art were produced in this period and proved an invaluable experience in solidifying my mixed media work and commitment to my artistic practice. The hours in the studio were long, full days but provided an opportunity to meet , live and work with other artists from around the world.
I returned to Vancouver Island in September to reopen my studio and begin classes again.
In October my work appeared in the "About Us:16" - Abstract Art Show in Chemainus, and at the same time, in Europe my work was in the "In Contatto/In Kontakt " Show in Berlin which later traveled to Florence for the second half of this exhibition.
In November 2019 the Nanaimo Federation of Canadian Artist's Annual show , I had two pieces of art juried into this show and one of my pieces ( Love Letters To Leonardo #2) won First Place. This work is SOLD. I am currently working on future International show submissions and teaching on select days in the studio.
For my entire career, I have been creating Arts Curriculum for schools, public organizations, community agencies, corporate and private clients with participants of all ages - children, youth , adults and seniors. I have extensive experience teaching and coordinating programs for children with developmental and/or learning challenges , in Excellence Programs and in language learning through the Arts with school boards across western Canada, in First Nation Communities and in Italy.
My area of expertise is related to fostering 'creativity' and a sense of wonder through the creative process. I love helping the 'Beginners ' gain experience and encouraging adults to be open, brave and expressive while developing their mastery , style, confidence, technique and expression .
For children and youth, my goal is to help them gain skills or a wide range of experience while retaining their open expression; which is often lost as they grow older and worry about "conforming" or performing to an idealized standard, rather than being uniquely themselves.
I have spent many years assisting the experienced artist to explore their style, develop technical skill, a critical eye and to refine the fundamental principles of design . Also central to this process is the need to answer the central question all artist should ask themselves : "What is the work I MUST do?" and "Why?"
Island Girl Art Studio is a professional artist's work space which contains a teaching space within it, where we work together in a stimulating learning environment. Students learn, participate and create their art in a real studio environment and have exposure to a professional artist's studio practice, knowledge, instruction ,experience and education as well as the creative encouragement and support of the other students/participants.
Penny Maday Ciochetti's work can be seen on her website: www.pmcartist.com and has been in shows/galleries in Italy, Germany and numerous Canadian locations.
What is offered at Island Girl Art Studio:
* Weekly classes
( see Course details and Registration Procedures under the Courses Tab)
* Private Instruction ( $ 50/hr)
* Portfolio Reviews / Consultations ( $ 75 / hr)
* Private Paint Night Parties -
Please book your event with 7 to 10 days notice to allow for materials and studio availability. Each Paint Night Party is 2 Hours and is $ 40 per person, materials included. Choose from Watercolor, acrylics or a Mixed Media Paint Night !
If the group is bringing and/or consuming alcohol, a designated driver identified and participants sign a waiver.
* One Day and Two Day Art Workshops
* Art Retreats : Locations on Vancouver Island and in Tuscany
Florence Through An Artist's Eyes
Art Tours With Penny Maday Ciochetti
Island Girl Art Studio's Art, Culture and Culinary Tours on Face BookDiscover Tuscany in the Fall, away from the screaming crowds of summer, no line-ups at museums, galleries, restaurants, shops or crowded streets! Catch the magic of Florence in the Fall and the rich history and immeasurable beauty of this magical place. Come explore the artistic, cultural, scientific and literary contributions of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Botticelli, Giotto and Galileo as we visit Florence - the heart of the Italian Renaissance. Art, architecture, historic sites and museums are around every corner. Lets visit Market Centrale and gather gourmet ingredients and take an Italian cooking class with a chef, spend time drawing or painting. While we're out and about we`ll take photos of all that inspires us ! We'll take an Italian fresco class and learn the methods used in the Renaissance by all the great masters - and you'll get to take yours home! In between group adventures, you'll have time to shop, relax and live Italian style - La Dolce Vita!
Come learn the story of the Renaissance and these great men and women who time did not forget and who's contributions, passions and achievement still reverberate their magic today!
Discover Florence and fall in love!
Your Tour Includes:
Art instruction in Drawing, photography or water color, an Italian cooking class, Guided site seeing and entrance fees to museums, galleries and historic sites. Air fare is the traveler's responsibility and accommodations can be arranged or recommended a the Info Sessions prior to the Tour.
All registrants MUST provide proof of Travel Insurance.
Call or email Penny for more information or to reserve your spot.
A Daily itinerary and pricing is available !
** Bookings may vary according to your options/customized choices.