Below are descriptions of the programs we offer at the studio.  Note that not all programs are offered for each session.   You can view our upcoming schedules and register online through the following links:

You can also register by phone (778-265-2261) or by visiting the studio (2325 Central Avenue in Oak Bay).  If you are visiting the studio, please call ahead to make sure Jodi will be in the studio if you are making a trip down.

We can accept credit card payment online through our website or over the phone and cash or cheque in person at the studio.


WINTER/SPRING/SUMMER BREAK CAMPS  Our Pro-D Day and School Break Art Camps are a great way to get creative, explore different mediums and have fun. Each day we’ll work with a different theme and with a variety of materials to create several different drawing and crafty projects. We also take a couple breaks through the day to visit our local parks and beaches to run off steam and get inspiration.

Some camps run for a full day (9:00am – 3:00pm) and some run for a half day (9:00am – 12:00pm).  The price varies on the length of the camp and the number of days it runs.  Pro-D Day camps are for kids from 6-10years while longer school break camps (winter, spring, summer camps) are for kids 7-12years.  We do have some flexibility on the ages so please contact the studio if you’d like to discuss.

Click here to view upcoming camps.

LITTLE ARTISTS (4-5yrs) Join us for some creative arts and crafts.  We will play with colours, lines and shapes through a variety of fun and silly projects based on a weekly theme.

ARTSY MORNINGS & ARTSY AFTERNOONS (5-9yrs) Spend a morning or afternoon working with pencils, pen and ink, markers, oil pastels and watercolour paints to create a variety of different 2D and 3D projects.  These classes are all about being playful and having fun with art.

DRAWING FUN (7-12yrs) We work on several different projects in this class that focus on stretching and strengthening your observation skills while having fun! Learn to compose a picture, work with different drawing tools and experiment with some new techniques. Lots of learning and lots of fun!

COMIC FUN (7-12yrs) For new students and students who have already taken a cartooning/comic class or camp at the Playful Pencil, this class provides instruction and practice to help you develop your story ideas and cartoon characters to create comics that you can share with your friends.

DRAWING SKILLS (9-13yrs) Learn how to work with lines, shading and perspective to create the illusion of depth and form in your drawings.  Learn to compose a picture that has balance and is pleasing to the eye.  Explore a variety of rendering techniques to increase your toolkit when approaching a new art project.  This class is for those who have some beginner drawing experience and are interested in improving their skills and their final creations.

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC ILLUSTRATION (9-13yrs) Stretch and strengthen your illustration and drawing skills in this class. Projects will be very individualized based on the interest and personal style of each student with a focus on practicing the steps that take a project from initial story and style exploration to final rendering. Lots of learning and fun in this class!

DRAWING CLUB (10-15yrs) The goal of Drawing Club is to provide a fun, creative, hang out spot for kids and teens who like to draw where they can practice some of their drawing skills and be challenged and inspired by their peers.  Use our supplies and equipment to work on your own projects and get some tips and guidance along the way.  Drop-In $10.

DIGITAL COLOURING FOR BEGINNERS (10-15yrs) Make your drawings screen worthy!  In this class you will practice using various tools to digitally draw and colour on a tablet.  You’ll learn how to work with layers to create several effects as well as play with colour theory to help you produce your desired effect for your drawings.  Lots of fun and learning to be had in this class!

LEARN TO DRAW MANGA (10-15yrs) Do you like the style of Manga comics and want to learn how to draw those characters? This program will take you through the steps to draw in the Manga style. Be prepared to practice between classes.

ZEN DOODLING (all ages) Play with various doodle patterns and mandalas to create your own unique art during these classes. It’s fun and relaxing.  Classes available for various ages.

BEGINNER DRAWING (Adults 16+) For the true beginner, this class is not intimidating and will help you learn some of the first tricks to drawing what you see.  We go through it step by step and encourage each student to explore their own style and their own interests.  We work from photographs and from real life and cover line quality, shading, perspective and more.  Don’t be scared!  Drawing is fun!

BEGINNER PORTRAIT DRAWING (Adults 16+) This lighthearted class will hone your drawing skills while you learn the basics of portraiture. Each class will have a drawing exercise followed by a drawing session in which we’ll learn an aspect of the face. You’ll learn proportions and how to draw all the features of the face. This class is designed for those just beginning to draw.

MEDITATIVE MORNINGS (Adults 16+) In a calm and quiet studio, we will work on a variety of projects that focus on the meditative quality of art making.  This class will help you to explore your creativity and nurture a playful approach to art.

URBAN SKETCHING (Adults 16+) You can capture the world around you with a sketchbook and a couple of pens! Sue will introduce you to the wonderful pastime of urban sketching through in-class instruction and sketch time. Class exercises and demos will cover sketching basics such as tools and techniques, composition, perspective, the use of texture and tone. And in 4 weeks you will have a good foundation to further develop your own personal, visual narrative of the world. Supplies will be provided.

EVENING SIP & DOODLE (19+) You bring your creativity plus your own beverages like wine, beer, cider, coffee, tea etc (we have wine glasses at the studio so you don’t have to transport those).  We provide some instruction and all the materials you’ll need to experiment with… well doodling!  We’ll work with mandalas, cartooning and zen doodles for a fun evening of creativity and relaxation.