Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Island Girl Art Studio 

My name is Penny Maday Ciochetti and I am the artist/instructor/ owner at Island Girl Art Studio.
The studio opened it's doors on Vancouver Island in 2009 .  I have been an artist since I was a child, long before receiving training or a degree in Fine Arts.  For the past 34 years , I have been creating Arts Curriculum  for schools, public organisations, community agencies, corporate and private clients and participants of all ages - children, youth , adults and seniors. I have a lot of experience teaching children with  developmental and learning challenges as well as children  in Excellence Programs in several school boards across western Canada as well as six years  teaching in First Nation Schools.
My area of expertise is related to 'creativity' and the creative process. I love  helping the  Beginner gain experience and encouraging adults to be open, brave and expressive while developing their mastery , style, confidence and expression . For children and youth, my goal is to help them gain skills or mastery while  retaining their expression; which is often lost as they grow older and worry about "conforming" or measuring-up, rather than being themselves.
 I have spent many years assisting the experienced artist to develop their style,  technical skill, critical eye and refine the fundamental principles of design as well as to answer the central question all artist should ask themselves - "  Why? "or "What is the work I am meant to do?"

Island Girl Art Studio is a professional artist's work space  which also has a teaching space within it, where we work together in a learning environment, surrounded by all the materials at an artist's disposal. Students learn, participate and  create their art in a real studio environment and have access to all the studio resources, supplies, materials  and the  artist's  knowledge, instruction and experience as well as the creative encouragement and support of other students/participants.

Penny Maday Ciochetti's work can be seen on her website: www.pmcartist.com

What is offered at Island Girl Art Studio:

* Weekly classes ( see details and Registration Procedures  under the Courses Tab)

* Private Instruction ( $ 50/hr)

* Portfolio Consultations ( $ 75 / hr)

* Private Paint Night Parties  - Please book with 10 days notice to allow for materials and availability. 

PAINT NIGHT PARTIES:  Participants must sign a waiver if consuming alcohol and have one designated driver available. Choose from acrylics, water color or mixed media Paint Night Projects. Call for details and fees.

* One Day and Two Day  Art  Workshops ( Weekends)

* Art Retreats ( various locations in BC and in Italy)

Notices and NEW Classes and Workshops:

PLEASE NOTE : The studio will  be closed from August 17, 2018 to April 2019 while I am on Sabbatical. Please keep watch on this website for NEW ON-LINE COURSES which are now in development and will be posted when available.
NOW is your chance to take classes 'live' - before I am "off the grid" for a while. 
Here's what's new:

DRAWING #101 - The Complete Beginner.
Can't draw stick men, but really, really want to? OK, but we can do better than that! Learn all about the basics and beyond in the realm of three-dimensional form, using artist's pencils, charcoal and more. 
Fee: $ 225 ***Supply List available from the instructor
Day: Thursday - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Class: May 31 to July 19

DRAWING #102 - Intermediate Level

OK, so you've taken my ' Beginner's Class'( or another Introductory  Drawing class)  or perhaps you've been sketching and doodling and doing your own thing and know the basics of drawing, but really want to take it to the next level, pardon the pun ! Here's what we will do, we will focus on developing compositions and developing finished drawings from your sketchbook, life drawings or uncompleted work/projects. The KEY is - you need to have work to show me/bring to class and to carry you forward into the great unknown. We will work together and independently on projects, depending on area(s) of interest and experience. Focus will be to move away from 2 dimensional reference whenever possible and to better understand  the power of a good composition and how to produce finished drawings.

Fee: $ 225  ***Supply List available from the instructor
Day: Friday  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Class: June 8 to July 27 

 ( Week nights or Weekends available, contact me for details).....YOU pick the theme , here are some of the previous projects.

Image may contain: plant, flower, outdoor and nature
Image may contain: ocean, sky, outdoor, nature and water Image may contain: shoes

 Artist Mentoring Program  

Have you been drawing or painting for a while or have you just returned to it after a very LOOOONG time of not doing your art work?  Are you feeling in the need  of some guidance, feedback, support , suggestions, technical advice or critiques of your work  and how to forge ahead or problem-solve but not really in need of a  traditional "class" or workshop? This format might be just what the doctor ordered?!! KABOOM is an informal time in the studio when artists meet with me to discuss their work in a positive, constructive, inspiring setting and we also support other members of the group. DO you need help to finish a drawing or painting? Do you need someone to critique your work or provide technical information? Do you need inspiration ? Would you like help  to assist you in developing your talent and  become a better artist? Do you want to develop your own style or approach , but have no idea how or where to start? Give the KABOOM Artist Mentoring Program a try and watch your creative endeavors explode! ....just like that " Kaboom!" Wait, maybe it should be called 'rocket fuel'?!! Well, let's see what fuel you need for your rocket anyway..... LOL

 We meet twice per month, you bring your work and all your questions ( or  muffled cries for help)!
I'll hold your hand and provide the coffee , tea and everything else - it's gonna be Ok.
I arrange to meet with  an individual or a group of artists once per week for 2 hours . Fee is $ 80 a month.


Florence Through An Artist's Eyes

Art Tours With Penny Maday Ciochetti

 Island Girl Art Studio's Art, Culture and Culinary Tours on Face Book 

Discover 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.

Below are some photos of art work and students in various classes.

 Water color





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