Friday, July 26, 2019

  Ciao A Tutti!      Hi Everyone......

The studio is not in full operational mode just yet, but I have a small offering if  you are interested in learning about watercolor painting. I will email those who contact me to register with information regarding safety precautions during the pandemic. 
PLEASE NOTE: my phone is currently not working, so Email only for now.

One Day Art Workshop: Watercolor for Complete Beginners

Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 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 4 students. All materials included. Fee: $ 100

Email Penny to register at

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


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: 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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