Friday, July 26, 2019

Island Girl Art Studio :

New things are happening at the studio! During a pandemic, leave it to creative people to  - well, get creative.
 First,  I am happy to announce the Island Girl Art Studio's Art at Home Subscription Service.....
What is that ? Let me explain. 
Since we can't meet in person, but we are all dying to get creative and  get back into our  artistic  endeavors but we can't join an in-person class just yet, what do you do? Online is cool, but sometimes we need a nudge, a little inspiration along the way,  someone to draw us a road map, so to speak and that's where my Art At Home subscription series comes in.

 Each week, for 4 weeks - you will receive an Art pack of supplies, materials, instructions and sparks of inspiration ( tips, techniques, maybe information about a famous artist /art history or notes from my studio practice )  inside your packet.  This can be picked up outside my studio in Nanaimo, or, if you're not close by or its just more convenient, it can be mailed out to you for an extra $ 5.00.
 Please note there will be a deadline for this. *

Each week, I will email each participant  project instructions, inspiration and ideas as well as a list of any additional supplies you might choose to use or need to complete that project. I will also post my version or finished project for that week on my Island Girl Art Studio Facebook page. Then, it's all YOU!
 Let's see what awesome Art you make!  Experiment, have some fun, break free ...or,  you might  want to re-create the finished product I made ? 
Anything goes! But one thing is for sure, you'll be making Art again!

Launching January 4 th, 2021 and happening every Monday for the month of January.
Limited to 10 participants.  

Give it as a gift or treat yourself!

Here's how it works:
Art At Home Subscription Service: 

One month is $ 160 and  you will receive 4 different Art Project packs (one each week) in either watercolor, collage, drawing, acrylics or Mixed Media . Subscribers also will be invited to a one hour Bonus Zoom class  during this session as well as be entered into a draw for a Gift Card to Iron Oxide Art Supplies If you live outside of Nanaimo I can substitute that with an Amazon Gift card.

Art At Home  - Individual Projects:

Did you see this week's Get Creative Art Pack on the Island Girl Art Studio Face Book Page and wonder how it was made or what materials were used?
 You can order any of the Art Packs and give it a try at home. Each is $ 50.00
and will be picked up  outside my studio  or  they can be mailed  or delivered to you for an additional $ 5.00.
Contact me to sign up for one of the ten spots in the Art At Home Subscription  by email at IslandGirlArtStudio@shaw.ca. Don't wait, we are going to have some messy fun !!!

Private Art Instruction in the Studio 

Normally, my hourly rate for private instruction is $ 75.00 an hour, but at this time I am offering a package with 4 hours at $ 50.00 per hour ( $200 total). 
 Private Instruction under the 4 hours is available at the rate of $ 75 per hour.
 This special rate will remain in effect until the end of February 2021.



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Studio Art Classes :

 

I am not accepting registrations at this time, but if you email me I will put you on a Wait List  for the class you are interested in.

 Please include your phone number and if you prefer day/evening ( if the class you have chosen is offered at both times).

Look for On Line classes in the near future!

Thank you.


Tuesdays    1:00 - 3:30 pm :  Painting With Acrylics

Have you always wanted to paint in Acrylics or do you have some experience but want to learn better techniques, color theory, composition, how to use a grid for enlargement, or to paint using a photo reference? Students are encouraged to develop their own style and to explore different styles and techniques and to paint what they love! Some materials are provided. ( 4 weeks/ $150) All levels welcome.


Wednesdays  -    1:00 - 3:30 pm :  Advanced Watercolor 

If you have  been painting in watercolor for some time and are comfortable with the medium but want to learn about professional techniques, color theory, composition, understanding professional materials/supplies, and how to develop your own style as well as develop a weekly practice - this is the class for you. Students in this class should have their own palette and supplies but some are also available in the studio and some paper is provided for projects we do together in the class. Most of the students in this class started painting with me several years ago and have worked hard at becoming very good watercolor artists. A spot becomes available only very rarely, but you are welcome to inquire or put your name on a wait list.  ( 4 weeks / some supplies included $ 150 ) 

Wednesday Nights -   6:00 - 8:30 pm: Painting With Acrylics

Have you always wanted to paint in Acrylics or do you have some experience but want to learn better techniques, color theory, composition, how to use a grid for enlargement, or to paint using a photo reference? Students are encouraged to develop their own style and to explore different styles and techniques and to paint what they love! Some materials are provided. ( 4 weeks/ $150) All levels welcome.

Friday      3:30 - 5:30 pm      Fine Arts Masters For Teens ( age 14 and up)

This class is a little different because it is  run exactly like a professional artist's studio ( because it is). Youth can choose between drawing, watercolors, acrylics, or mixed media. Each week  students can  experiment with a different medium, or they can spend their time working on developing skill or mastery in a specific area - for example, Drawing for their entire  4 weeks int he studio/class. Some students may try something different each week, so things are always changing and  developing. Each student is provided with one on one instruction with the instructor/artist, but are expected to work independently on their art, we are also inspired by watching what other students are doing and learning. This is a highly creative environment where learning , expression, mastery and an exchange of ideas are the focus. Great art often comes from this as students acquire confidence to take risks and try new things but an end product is not our primary concern. Students are immersed in the environment of a real art studio where mistakes and ideas are welcome guests. ( Maximum 4 students ages 14 and up) 4 weeks/ all supplies are provided $ 175


One Day Art Workshop: Watercolor for Complete Beginners

Saturday, ( Date to Be Announced) 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about Watercolors but were afraid to ask !!
Maybe you have dabbled in the medium but just haven't got the hang of it, or have been away from it for awhile and want to get started again?
If any of this is true for you, this is the workshop for you!
We will complete 2 - 3 small projects and learn about and try the materials.

Maximum 5 students. All materials included. Fee: $ 100

Email Penny to register at IslandGirlArtStudio@shaw.ca



Florence in the Rain/ Piazza della Repubblica - by Penny Maday Ciochetti


One Day Art Workshop: Painting In Acrylics

Saturday, ( Date to Be Announced) from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about acrylics but were afraid to ask !!
Maybe you have dabbled in the medium but just haven't got the hang of it, or have been away from it for awhile and want to get started again?
If any of this is true for you, this is the workshop for you!
We will work on two small paintings ( students can choose the project from a selection provided by the instructor) and learn about the medium - all materials provided.

Maximum 5 students. All materials included. Fee: $ 100
Email Penny to register at IslandGirlArtStudio@shaw.ca

Acrylic Canvas Painting, Canvas Galaxy Art, Acrylic Painting, Celestial Painting, Cosmic Art, Cosmos, painting of a forest and beautiful Northern Lights. This one-of-a-kind painting was created with acrylic paints on canvas - makes a beautiful gift! - this listing is for the painting in main photo -



One Day Art Workshop:

Watercolor Floral  : Lavender, Poppies, Butterflies and Bees

Saturday, ( Date to Be Announced) 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Come and play with watercolors and be inspired by the summer garden to paint loose flora and fauna - lavender, poppies, butterflies and bees.

Watercolor flowers on Behance   



Email Penny to register at IslandGirlArtStudio@shaw.ca


One Day Art Workshop: Painting Boats in Watercolor

Saturday, ( Dates To Be Announced) from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Come and paint some lovely west coast -inspired boats in watercolor. No drawing experience necessary. All materials provided.



Maximum 5 students. All materials included. Fee: $ 100
Email Penny to register at IslandGirlArtStudio@shaw.ca
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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 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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