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:
- Kids & Teens Class Schedule and Registration
- Adult Class Schedule & Registration
- School Break Art Camp Schedule and Registration
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.
CREATIVE KIDS (5-9yrs) We work with a bit of everything in this program including pencils, markers, oil pastels, watercolours, paper crafts and more to create a variety of fun and colourful projects. These classes are all about being playful, learning about colours and shapes, exploring different mediums and enjoying the art making process.
SKETCHING & DOODLING FUN (7-10yrs) In this class we’ll sketch and doodle from both reference photos and from our imaginations! Then we’ll play with adding colour to our sketches to learn the effects of using different colours. Through it all students will practice good drawing habits as well as get a chance to experiment with pen & ink, charcoal, pencil crayons, pastels and more.
DRAWING FUN (7-12yrs) This class is all about learning and practicing new skills and techniques through a new project each week. This class will help you stretch and strengthen your observation and drawing skills which will help you to improve and develop your own style of drawing. Lots of fun and lots of learning!
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 & ILLUSTRATION (8-13yrs) In this program students will practice using tools and techniques to help build their drawing and illustration skills. They’ll explore various ways to finish their drawings including stippling, crosshatching, working with brush and ink and adding colour.
COMICS & FLIPBOOK ANIMATION (8-12yrs) Design cartoon characters and start to bring them to life with some basic flipbook animation. Learn to control the speed, hold an object in place and even make your character do a little dance. Explore some basic animation techniques through this fun class.
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) Drawing Club is the time and place to get creative, meet and hang out with other artists and experiment with some drawing techniques inspired by your peers. Use our studio supplies and equipment to work on your own projects and get some tips and guidance along the way. Drop-In $10.
NATURE & OUTDOOR DRAWING (8-12yrs) In this class we’ll explore different techniques for sketching and colouring plants and animals both in the studio and outdoors. In addition, students will be provided with a sketchbook to start keeping their own nature journal.
DRAWING EXPLORATION (10-14yrs) In this fun and challenging class we’ll work with a variety of drawing mediums to help you to improve your observation and drawing skills. We’ll play with perspective, shading , colour and lots of rendering techniques to help you to explore and develop your own style.
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.
DIGITAL PORTRAIT PAINTING (16+) This class will teach you the essentials of working in a digital environment through portrait painting. Each lesson will have a follow-along demo on a facial feature, followed by exercises in which we’ll practice the material using different techniques. You’ll learn the digital painting process and how to paint the entire head. This class is designed for those who have a foundation in traditional mediums and portraits and are looking to learn digital painting.
BEGINNER DRAWING (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 (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.
URBAN SKETCHING (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.
BEGINNER WATERCOLOUR PAINTING (16+) Learn a variety of techniques and skills in watercolour painting. This class is will go over colour mixing, shading and different watercolour painting techniques. Students will complete a series of paintings of landscapes and florals.
BEGINNER ACRYLIC PAINTING (16+) This class will go over a variety of techniques of how to use acrylic paint to create beautiful paintings. This class will focus on landscape painting, with lessons on colour mixing to create those beautiful colours in landscape art. Students will learn different techniques of brushworks and glazing. Students will complete several paintings over the classes.
BEGINNER CHALK PASTELS (16+) Learn how to create pastel drawings of landscapes and portraiture. This class will teach you techniques in blending, colour mixing, line work and texture.
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.