Friday, July 26, 2019


Registration for all Fall 2019 Art Classes has officially begun. Spots fill quickly. Call Penny at (250) 327-2533 to register in the course of your choice. 

Classes begin October 2 , 2019

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  travel and exhibit my Art work in Europe and Canada. From the Fall of  2018 to the spring of 2019 I lived and studied in Florence , Italy and completed my Post Baccalaureate in Studio Arts from  the prestigious Fine Art School - SACI International.
I was part of a group show in Florence and upon my return to Canada in July one of my mixed media pieces from the "Love Letters To Leonardo Series" was juried into the Federation of Canadian Artist's International show - Painting On The Edge 2019 in Vancouver. In October 2019 you can find my work in the About US:16 -  Show at the Waterfront Gallery in Ladysmith, BC  which features the work of 16 abstract artists. I will  also have work in a show in Germany this Fall.

For the past 37 years , I have been creating Arts Curriculum  for schools, public organizations, community agencies, corporate and private clients and 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 as well as children who strive in Excellence Programs with several school boards across western Canada as well as in First Nation Communities.

My area of expertise is related to 'creativity' or 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 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 explore their style, develop technical skill, critical eye and 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 an artist's studio practice, knowledge, instruction and experience as well as the creative encouragement and support of the other students/participants.

Penny Maday Ciochetti's work can be seen on her website: 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 

*  10 Day 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 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.





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