Friday, July 26, 2019

  NOTICE:  

Registration for all WINTER 2020 Art Classes has officially begun. 

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. 

Classes  during this session begin on January 9 and run until February 26, 2020



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 for one academic year during  2018 to 2019 I lived and studied in Florence , Italy and completed my  Graduaate (Post Baccalaureate) in Studio Arts from  the prestigious  Art School - SACI ( Studio Arts College International.)
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. During August 2019 I returned to Italy to attend an intensive two week Mixed Media Art workshop with Rosenclaire in Poppiano and the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Over 82 works were produced in this period and proved an invaluable experience in solidifying my mixed media work and commitment to my artistic practice as well as meeting other artists from around the world.I returned to Vancouver Island in September to reopen my studio here and begin classes again. 
In October my work  appeared in the "About Us:16" -  Abstract Art Show in Chemainus, and in Europe - my work was in the  "In Contatto/In Kontakt " Show in Berlin /UDk which later traveled to  Florence  for the second half of this exhibition. In November 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 

*  10 Day Art Retreats : Locations on Vancouver Island and in Tuscany


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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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