Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Updates

Classes  2012

Course registrations are on-going, schedules & classes change or are added all the time! 
Please see the Class Updates below for start dates & Course Descriptions for Full course details.
Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited. When classes are full a wait list is taken and new courses are scheduled when time permits.
All Art materials are included in the course fees ! 
Classes change every 4 to 8 weeks. 
How to Register :
Call:  (250) 327 – 2533 
 Email : 
Live outside of Nanaimo - Want a class at your community league? - Island Girl goes mobile 
( schedule permitting) contact Penny.
Important Notice:  
Our studio/ location is 3019 Hammond Bay Road in  Nanaimo!Yes, the large , gorgeous ocean-view studio - YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Directions: We are in the heart of Departure Bay, just drive  past Departure Bay Beach,drive by the 
7-11 then turn right at the lights onto Hammond Bay Road. Go around the first bend in the road and you're there - just look for our little sign out front!
Departure Bay


toni said...
Penny, You really bring out the best in your students. The results are truly amazing and very high quality. Thank you for being you!
Class Updates:
Water Color ( Adult) - Monday nights 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Current Sessions ends Feb 27
 New Classes start March 2, 2012 - Call / email to Register

Fine Art Masters ( Children's Class) -Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Current Session ends March 1 st
New Classes start March 8, 2012 - Call / email to register

 Fine Arts Masters ( Children's Class) - Fridays 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Current Session ends  March 2nd
New Classes start March 9, 2012 - Call / email to register

Painting 101/102 ( Adult) - Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm
Current Session ends March 1st
New Classes start March 8, 2012 - Call / email to register

Fun Fridays For Teens ( age 12 & up) - Fridays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Current Session Ends March 2
New Classes start March 9, 2012 - Call / email to register

Acrylics 101  ( Adult) - Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:30am
New Session/ TIme : Starts April 5 - Call / email to register

Drawing101  ( Adult) - Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30 pm 
-or- Wedns. 10:00 - 11:30 am
New Session Starting March 9, 2012 - Call / email to register


Drawing 101 & 102 ( Adult )
Learn to use artist's pencils, pen/ink, charcoal & graphite as well as your choice of pastels or colored pencils. Explore and learn about the elements & principles of design. Learn the basics of shading, gradation, vale,scale, the power of black & white sketches, use of texture, grid enlargements, composition, perspective & more! .Each student receives a sketchbook , pencil set and eraser. Cost: $ 150.00 (+ HST)  8 weeks, each class is  2 hrs. per week .
Days:   Available Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30 pm 
              Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 am
              or Wedn 6:30 - 8:30 pm

" I want to thank-you for the great time that my daughters have had in your class, its amazing the things you do with them! They really enjoy the class and look forward to it every week.  You are a great artist, wonderful teacher and marvelous person! Thanks so much!" - A.L.

The Painting Circle (Adults & Seniors) - Have you taken classes in the past but don't know how to get going on your own? The Painting Circle is a place to work with other painters while pursuing your own  project(s) in acrylics, oils,waters, color or mixed media.
Receive guidance,  ideas and tips from the instructor as well as support from your peers.
Students provide their own canvases or "specialty" paints/colors - all other basic supplies are provided.Circle meets twice a week, Tuesdays & 
Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 pm . $75.00 ( + HST) per month.

Fine Art Masters  ( Children & Youth) – Great after school  Art Class!
 From Vincent Van Gogh to Diego Rivera, Andy Warhol to Emily Carr, Manet to Monet, Picasso to Georgia O'Keeffe....learn about and work in the style, materials or techniques of a different artist each week.
We use acrylics, watercolor, collage, mosaics, mixed media and more! Cost: $160.00 ( + HST) 8 Weeks, one class per week - choose either Tuesday, Wednesdays or Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm, or for early dismissal on  Fridays 2:00 - 3:30 pm.


"My daughter loves your art classes! She can't miss even one – she loves it so

much! “ Michelle .B. 

The Magic of Water Color - (Adults & Teens)
Have a blast exploring  the magical world of water color. Learn creative ways to use basic washes, color mixing, using unique materials & techniques to  achieve special effects, the basics of composition and more.
You will love the results! One class per week .
Quick Study Class ( 4 weeks) Cost: $85.00 ( + HST) & Full Course ( 8 Weeks) Cost: $160.00 ( + HST) Water Color Wednesdays - Days 10:00 am - Noon or 1:00 - 3:00 pm.- OR -Evening class: Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 pm

" I have really enjoyed the water color class & found it  relaxing and fun. Thanks so much, Penny."  - Karen B.

Painting 101  & 102 - (Adults)
Have you always wanted to learn how to paint? This is the class for you. Learn the basics of painting with acrylics. The class works from still-life, photos, and more. Learn how to do enlargements using the “grid”.
Creativity, composition, developing a color palette, exploration of materials and art history are featured.
Cost: $ 160 ( + HST) Evenings: Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm - OR - Days: Friday Noon to 2:00 pm

“ I didn't realize how much I could learn after just one class!” Geri .Q.(Adult/Painting 101)

Friends: The Art Zone 
( Adults)
Can't draw stick men? Don't consider yourself  " artistic" or creative? Come on down! Bring your friends for a night out and each week we will do a different project - watercolor, acrylic painting, scrap booking, art cards, mosaics, photo frames, and so much more. You will love the results and the fun! Adults and/or Teens. Bring your BFF, your daughter, sister, mother, auntie, brother or son for a fun time! One evening 6:30 - 8:30 pm per week( 8 weeks) Cost: $ 150 ( + HST)Minimum registrants required for scheduling - gets some friends together & make it a Ladies Night (or morning /afternoon) out!

" I can't wait for Monday nights to come to the Art Zone, I never really thought I could make great art , but I know I can now. I'm hooked! "  - Catherine. B

Fun Fridays For Teens  ( Very popular class, may have a wait list!)
Bring your friends for something fun & creative to do on a Friday night!( 6:30 - 8:30 pm) We explore drawing, painting,water color, crafts & more! Snacks , friends & good times - Fun , Fun , Fun! * Wait List may be in use. Call for details.
4 Week Quick Study Class: $ 85 ( + HST) or Full course(8 weeks) $ 170 + HST

The kids have so enjoyed the Fun Friday's Class! Every week they can't wait until it's Friday night! We will be enrolling them in more of your courses!”  
-Penne S.

Saturdays in The Art Zone ( Adults or Teens)
Can't draw stick men? Don't consider yourself 'artistic" or creative? Come on down! Bring your friends for a fun Saturday morning in the Art Zone - we'll do a different project every Saturday - from water color, acrylic painting, scrap booking, art cards,  to photo frames, mosaics and more! You will love the results and the fun!  Bring your BFF, daughter, sister,mother, auntie, brother or son for a fun time together! Saturdays 10:00 to Noon. (8 weeks) Cost: $ 150 ( + HST) Minimum registration required to run class.

The Teacher's Art Zone

Looking for ideas to excite your students about Art  but have limited artistic experience ? Maybe you  have always wanted to explore your own talent & creativity so you can share that with your students ? Bring a colleague and every Saturday  from 9:30 - 11:00  am we will explore a new project, artist or material with ideas & suggestions for incorporating what we've learned  into a lesson for you to take back to your  classroom. All art materials & notes/suggestions & concepts for lesson plans provided ( 4 weeks)
 $ 150.00 ( + HST) Minimum enrollment required: 4 participants

Home School  Students Art Program
 Tuesdays from  11:30 - 1:00 pm is reserved for Home School Students/groups.(Other days/times available) Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while we explore drawing, painting, print making, collage, mosaics, clay and  an assortment of materials/media. Special curriculum designed to teach the elements & principles of design, composition, artistic exploration, skill development, and art history. Course cost based on the size of the group , materials, hours of instruction and the course content. Call for information.

 Draw & Paint
This class is designed to expand your drawing and painting skills. The elements and principles of design are taught, focusing on how to create a successful composition as the basis for a painting as well as learning about the color palette. We spend 4 weeks drawing,  then 4 weeks painting.We learn the basics in this introductory course by using the still-life, photos and other images as well as learning about materials and artists.
$180.00 ( 8 weeks) Offered Wednesdays  6:30 - 8:30 pm -or- Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 am

 “ It's amazing the superior quality of art the kids produce in your class! Thank-you for helping my daughter to become a great artist!”   - Erin. S

.INSPIRE, Ignite & Sparkle - A Guided Art Journey to The Self -  ( Adults)
One Class per week for 8 weeks.  More info available under the "About ME" tab.
Participants will be develop a Personal Art Journal as well as finished pieces of Art. 
Course Fee $ 160 plus HST . Offered Thursdays 11:30 - 1:00 pm - bring a bag lunch  to enjoy during class. Basic supplies provided, Specialty supplies are an additional cost based on your project.
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