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One Part Creativity,
Two Parts Magic!

Love letters to Leonardo - Mixed Media, by Penny Maday Ciochetti © 2021

Located in Nanaimo, BC, Island Girl Art Studio offers fine art courses for the curious newbie to the emerging professional artist.

With an emphasis on creativity and freedom of expression, Penny Maday Ciochetti guides students through Drawing, Watercolour, Acrylics and more. 

Now Taking Registration for January
2022 Classes and Workshops


Upcoming Courses and Workshops


Introduction to Drawing

January 6, 2022

Take your drawing from zero to HERO!

Wild World of Watercolour:



January 10 ,2022

The best way to get your feet wet in the world of watercolour!

Georgia O'Keefe

Floral's with Acrylics


Sat. Nov. 20, 2021

Come and paint large-scale macro florals inspired by Georgia!

Wild World of Watercolour:



January 4, 2022

You've learned to walk now it's time to run! 

Emily Carr and the

West Coast landscape

Sat. December 11, 2021

Let's paint the wild west coast landscape inspired by Emily's lifelong dedication to Vancouver Island!

Painting With Acrylics: Daytime and Evening Class


January 5, 2022

Students develop their own style and to explore styles and techniques.

What people are saying
about Island Girl Art Studio


“I took the Introduction to Drawing Class from Island Girl Art Studio in the Fall of 2019. I looked forward to it every week and thoroughly enjoyed every class. We laughed our way through learning and left a little later than planned each week because we didn’t want to leave. Although I didn’t know it at the time, what I learned in those weeks helped to sustain a creative practice throughout the next year’s lockdowns and beyond.

I am forever grateful for that! “


– M.K.

“I love my weekly painting classes with Penny! We not only learn about colour, texture, and various painting techniques, but we experiment and play with paint! We laugh and have a good time while creating a painting of our choice. I feel totally relaxed after a painting class - it helps me disconnect and recharge, almost like a painting meditation."


– Jen. K