Courses, Workshops and Events

Registration has begun for SPRING  Classes  which  run for 8 weeks during  March  until May 2020 . Class size maximum is 8 students.

Please call Penny at (250) 327 -2533 to register.

" Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly - until you learn to do it well." -  Steve Brown

 Please email to  register and save yourself a spot in a class, or for any other inquiries.
Please Note : class sizes, parking and course availability are limited.
Payment Options: Check, cash, e-transfer, Visa or Mastercard.

Studio Location:  3019 Hammond Bay Road , Nanaimo, BC
 Phone: (250) 327 - 2533
 Artist Website:


Course Registration, Deposit and Fees :

In order to register for a class  students are required to provide a deposit (50%of their course fees). Space is limited and registrations are taken on a "first come, first-served basis", so you may be put on a wait-list for the next round of  classes if they are currently full. 
If you cancel your registration 10 days or less  before the start date of the course or  do not attend the first class, you will  forfeit your deposit . 

Students who do not attend the first class may lose their spot in the class  if there is a wait list. 
***Fees for all returned (NSF) cheques is $ 40.00

How to Register and Pay Your Class Deposit:  

Course fees or class deposits can be made in person at the studio or by emailing /calling Penny  (250)  327-2533 
No cash is kept on the premises, so please notify us if you are paying with cash or bring the exact amount for your fees/course.


One make-up class will be offered ( at the end of each session) ONLY IF the class has been cancelled due to bad weather/dangerous road conditions , a power outage or if the instructor has had to cancel a class. Students are responsible for ensuring they can attend  all the classes they have registered for.

If a student be unable to attend a course due to an unforeseen emergency such as a  serious illness and/or hospitalization ,family emergency or accident  a Gift Certificate will be issued for the balance of the course at the instructor's discretion. * *
Notice of such an event  must be provided within 2 weeks of it's occurrence, otherwise this offer is void as a delay in notifying the studio  may result in another student being  turned away.
Gift Certificates are transferable but there are  NO REFUNDS !


Children/youth attending the Fine Arts Masters class are expected to attend for 8 consecutive weeks and cannot repeat classes missed due to PD Days, holidays, family events/celebrations, social activities, forgotten/ missed classes, sports events/activities, family holidays, summer vacation or illness. NO REFUNDS are given. As this class is frequently full and runs all year,  other students are turned away when registrations are taken and the class is full - so IF your child does not attend class(es) this will still count as an absence and this class will NOT be repeated. In simple terms, 8 weeks is 8  consecutive weeks - not 10 weeks or 12 weeks due to being away. 

Gift Certificates may be used for weekly classes or Weekend Workshops taught by Penny Maday Ciochetti. They may not be applied to courses or events with special Guest Artists at the studio.


SPRING Session:   Wednesday, March 11 to April 29, 2020

Painting with Acrylics:  ( All levels)

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, join a class that will explore the technical, material, and creative process of painting with acrylics. Learn how to begin and finish a painting and all the steps and creative choices along the way as well as about materials, composition, color, mixed media, problem-solving and more. Each student is taught at their own level and individual instruction is provided in the class so that 'Beginners" don't feel frantic or lost but guided and more experienced painters are challenged to expand beyond what they currently know or do and are inspired.

 8 Weeks /  $300

 Daytime Class:   Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:30 pm 

  Evening Class:   Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:30 pm                                                 

    Maximum 8 students in each class.

Art: BANKSY : Mona Lisa

*** Supply list is provided at the first class or can be emailed to you.

SPRING Session:   Wednesday, March 11 to April 29, 2020

Wild and Wonderful Water Color :  ( All levels)

Funny how a little  puddle of paint and water can cause such terror !... So many people tell me water color  is  hard or that it intimidates them, but there's no need to be afraid! Its just water, paint and a piece of paper - honest!   I teach traditional transparent water color and show you how to correct your mistakes or  turn those whoopsy-daisies into original art  so you can relax and enjoy the ride. I adore watercolor and I know you will as well. Beginner or experienced painters  are welcome in this class, by the way, almost all of my regular watercolor participants started out as complete beginners and are now very accomplished painters who produce rather exceptional work and you can too!
 Learn from someone who loves the medium, has made lots of mistakes and wants the
class to be informative and  fun!   I was taught by some of the very best watercolor artists around  from Canada, the US and Italy  - Harold Allanson, Stephen Quiller, 
John Salminen,  Carla O'Connor, Leslie Redhead and Marco Klee Fallani -  and they  don't get better than this, in my opinion! I'm so  grateful for everything I have learned from them.   Thursdays   ( Advanced Level ) :  12:30 - 3:00 pm 
- 8 Weeks / $ 300

Image : "Laundry Day in Roma " - Water Color by Penny Maday Ciochetti


SPRING Session:   Thursday, March 12 to April 30, 2020

Drawing For Complete Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw?
This IS the sign from the Universe that says " start here"! This 8 week class is taught at a very advanced level but, provided you do the weekly take-away sketchbook work  (Did she say HOMEWORK?!!! ) and complete it between classes - you will go from stick men to wonderful drawings.  Scouts honor! We explore dry and wet drawing media ( artist pencil, charcoal, conte, and ink) composition, using a grid to enlarge, rending  3 dimensional form, value and light. You will be surprised at the results in such a short time!

                                                                    Thursdays 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Max. 6 students. - 8 weeks   $ 300     

Image /Figure Study/ Charcoal and conte :  Penny Maday Ciochetti

SPRING Session:   Friday, April 3  to May 22, 2020

* NEW DATE adjusted for  the Spring Break

Fine Arts Masters For Teens

( All experience levels, age 13 and up)

We meet in the studio and explore drawing, painting with acrylics, water color, and more. Each students chooses where they want to start, although I have hundreds of projects and plans to help you if you have no idea where or what that is! You might try something different each week, or you might develop a love of one particular medium and stay focused on that - it's all ok. In Italian, we say ' Va bene"! ( it's alright).
 Art Materials and an afternoon snack are included. ** Class is FULL


   Fridays : 3:30 - 5:30 pm / 8 weeks / $ 240


ONE DAY  WEEKEND Art Workshops

Georgia O'Keeffe and Large Scale Flowers :

Saturday, March 28 / 2020 -    10:00 am until 3:30 pm. Course fee: $ 225

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) - The Drawing Studio

Georgia O'Keeffe and Large Scale Flowers :

Using acrylics, we are inspired by O'Keeffe's color use and grande scale and produce our own 
24 X 30 '' paintings in One day! Students bring their own canvas and a bag lunch - all other materials and a choice of images to use as a starting point is provided. No experience necessary - just your Creative enthusiasm! 

 Saturday, March 28 / 2020 -    10:00 am until 3:30 pm. Course fee: $ 225

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