The studio will  be closed from August 17, 2018 to April 2019 while I am on Sabbatical. 
Please keep watch on this website for NEW ON-LINE COURSES which are now in development and will be posted when available.
NOW is your chance to take classes 'live' - before I am "off the grid" for a while. 


Courses and Registration

 Procedures and Policies:

In order to register for a class and secure your place in that course, 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  their 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  calling Penny  (250)  327-2533 .
We accept cash, cheque, Visa and Master Card. NO Debit or e-transfers.
No cash is kept on the premises, so please notify us if you are paying with cash and are not bringing 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 cancelled a class for any reason. Students are responsible for ensuring they can attend  all the classes they have registered for.
Should 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 . A delay in notifying the  instructor/studio  may result in another student being  turned away in your place and class supplies are purchased based on the number of students  registered/enrolled. Gift Certificates are transferable.  NO REFUNDS are given. 


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.


Weekly Classes:

Drawing : 

The Drawing class is the most intense course I teach. Students are given work to do in between classes ( Did she say homework ?!!!)  and progress for  beginners can only be achieved through immersion!
 Participants who do not complete the ' home work'  between each class will simply not see the same results that students who "dive in" and complete their take away assignments done weekly.But if you do, the results are amazing! Students who have never  drawn before learn how to use the materials and create fabulous completed Drawings and  also how to use their sketch book to keep their skills sharp . The image above was one of the final drawings completed by Julie in the last session. Pencil and conte on grey paper. It's even more beautiful in real life, the photo doesn't do it justice.

 We move quickly, each class is jam- packed, its exciting, and a little overwhelming at first, but boy is it fun! We learn a lot through individual and class work, through demonstrated techniques, sharing results, questions, discussion, exploration, challenges and successes. We will be drawing in class and there is  one-on one instruction as well as group learning.

Level I ( Beginners): The Magic of Drawing

Learn to use artist's pencils,  charcoal and  graphite .Explore and learn about the elements and principles of design. Learn the basics of shading to create 3 dimensional form, gradation, value scale, the power of a good sketch, use of texture, grid enlargements, composition, perspective and more!
Students will need to bring a basic drawing kit - students receive a supply list upon registration.
All other  specialized materials are provided ( spray fixative, charcoal, conte, ink, special drawing papers, etc).

Level II ( Advanced)  : New Directions  **** NEW CLASS
This class is  for students who have taken  the Drawing for Beginners course or equivalent experience. We explore some advanced techniques and materials based on your newly developed skills and area(s) of interest. For example, Pen and Ink/ India ink, Micro pens for pointillism, optical illusions that challenge our perception of form and reality,  learn how to properly use cross-hatching, creating a flowing, expressive " mark" in our work or a style and create a body of work and explore themes and materials unique to each artist.

Each Level  / Cost: $ 225.00 / 8 weeks, each class is  2 hrs. per week / evenings/ Adults. or 16 plus

 *** Supply List will be provided to registered students.

Fine Art Masters 

( Children and Youth)

 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 explore  drawing, acrylics, watercolor, collage, mosaics, printmaking, mixed-media ,colored pencils, crafts and more! Each student decides what are they are interested in developing or exploring and may choose to concentrate on one area/ theme/material but may also  decide to explore many new things! This is their time in the artist's studio with a professional artist as their instructor and guide.

Cost: $ 200.00 / 8 Weeks consecutively. Children  ages 12 and up. 
All materials and a snack are provided.  ** NEW TIME : Fridays 2:30 - 4:00 pm 

This class is currently FULL - please email me to have your child/youth put on a 'Wait List".

The Magic of Water Color 

Have a blast exploring  the magical world of water color. Learn creative ways to use basic washes, color mixing, unique materials and techniques to achieve special effects, the basics of composition and more. I teach traditional transparent water color but with many modern  creative"twists".
You will love the results! All materials provided in the Beginners class, for other sessions - paper, brushes, tools, mediums and all other materials are provided.
Advanced students are encouraged to bring their own personal / basic water color palette  of 4 - 6 paint colors for mixing ( ask instructor for supply list/recommendations) .

NOW taking registrations

Daytime class / All Levels - Beginners Welcome! -  Thursdays: 11:30 - 1:30 pm / Fee: $200 

Painting in Acrylics :  - 

Beginners,  Intermediate/Experienced and Advanced classes

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint? This is the class for you!
 Learn the basics of painting with acrylics if you are just starting out or expand your horizons if you have some painting experience or have been away from it for awhile. We learn about using grids and other methods of enlarging or producing images, composition, developing a color palette, painting techniques and styles and finding your own way to create the paintings you love.

The Beginners class is for students with little or no acrylics painting experience.
 The Experienced class is for students with some experience or who have taken the Beginner's course.
The Advanced class is for folks  who have progressed through the previous levels or have been painting on their own for some time.

( 8 weeks /Cost: $ 240.00 - all materials supplied) -Adults or Youth (16 and Up)
 *Youth  take the Beginners Level to start.

 Tuesdays:   Noon - 2:00 pm  - NOW taking registrations

   or  Wednesdays: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - NOW taking registrations

 One Day Art Workshops 

The One Day Art Workshops are offered on a Saturday or  Sunday and run from 10:30 am to 3:30 pmMost supplies are provided, please consult the course description or the instructor to see what students are required to bring. In the Acrylic painting workshops, students bring either a 20 X 24 or a 24 X 30 '' canvas, all other materials and products are provided. The instructor takes you through the painting process step by step, and you go home with a finished painting! 
** Coffee , tea and muffins are provided in the morning. Bring a brown bag lunch .
 FOOD ALLERGIES? Please advise us when you register.

**A Note About One Day Workshops: 
Some participants may require additional time to complete their work and may not complete their painting in one day - based on their work ethic ,the suitability of the project/ image/techniques and the level of painting experience. Additional studio time can be arranged with the instructor,  should that be the case. We won't leave you hanging!


  Georgia O'Keeffe-  Large scale Florals in Acrylics

Love the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and other modern artists who explore the inner workings of florals? This is the workshop for you! No previous experience required in acrylics. 
Paint either tulips or poppies (a selection of images will be supplied by the instructor based on your experience level) - students are taught special techniques for creating these paintings ! Students bring their own 24 X 30  canvas, all other materials are provided.  Beginners welcome! Fee: $ 225

TBA  /   10:30 am - 3:30 pm 


 Emily Carr - West Coast Landscape - Large scale acrylics

Emily Carr was fascinated with the coastal trees and the inhabitants of the most sacred places here. Using acrylics we will paint in a style that echoes the movement and brush strokes she employed. Large canvases are encouraged, check with instructor about what size canvas to bring.
Fee: $ 225  

Date:  June 2 /   10:30 am - 3:30 pm  Location: North Vancouver

( Email me for details on this workshop or to register) 

Painting with a Palette Knife:  Birch Trees with Texture and Color 

Create a bright, beautiful and modern painting of birch trees with vibrant colors and lots of  light and texture in acrylics. This is a fun and different way to paint!  
We use our fingers, brushes, palette knives and molding paste!  SO fun, fast and with amazing results!
 Beginners Welcome! Fee: $ 225.   
Students bring a 24 X 30 '' canvas, all other materials provided.

 Date : TBA    10:30 - 3:30 pm


Memories of Tuscany: Italian Landscapes, Windows and Doors

Come and learn to paint with acrylics and be inspired by the artist's photos of Florence, Assisi, Padua, Sienna and more......... Paint landscapes, city spaces, Italian architecture, sculpture, or florals and gardens. Ciao Bella!

Course Fee: $ 225 

        Date: TBA  /   10:30 am - 3:30 pm  


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