The Playful Pencil Art Studio was opened by Jodi Appleton in 2017 to provide a fun and welcoming space where students of all ages could learn and practice their drawing and illustration skills. Class sizes are kept small so that everyone can receive individual instruction and lesson plans are adjusted to meet the needs and interests of each individual group of students.
We offer school break camps as well as after school, weekend and evening programs for kids, teens and adults. We also offer workshops to schools and companies (or private, in-home parties), birthday parties and private lessons.
There’s lots of fun to be had from drawing cartoons and portraits to designing intricate mandalas and sketching city scenes! Find out what’s coming up and register by visiting our registration page.
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. We’ll be offering Pro-D Day and School Break Art Camps on the following dates:
Comics & Cartooning Camp (7-12yrs)
Take your doodles to the next level by joining us for a week of cartooning and comic making fun! Learn the tricks to creating interesting characters, telling funny jokes and writing silly stories that your friends will read and enjoy!
March 18 – 22 | Monday – Friday | 9:00am-3:00pm | $255+GST REGISTER
Drawing & Art Making Camp (7-12yrs)
Each day we’ll work with a theme playing with different mediums to create a variety of 2D and 3D projects. We’ll practice basic drawing techniques and participants will have the opportunity to explore their own unique style and get creative with it.
March 25 – 29 | Monday – Friday | 9:00am-3:00pm | $255+GST REGISTER
DRAWING FUN (7-12yrs) REGISTER
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! Instructor: Jodi
LITTLE ARTISTS (4-5yrs) REGISTER
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. Instructor: Jodi
ARTSY AFTERNOONS (5-9yrs) REGISTER
Spend the afternoon working with pencils, markers, oil pastels and watercolours to create a variety of fun and colourful projects. These classes are all about being playful, learning about colours and different mediums and enjoying the art making process. Instructor: Jodi
LEARN TO DRAW MANGA (10-15yrs) REGISTER
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. Instructor: Mariesa
COMICS & FLIPBOOK ANIMATION (8-12yrs) REGISTER
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. Instructor: Jodi
DRAWING CLUB (10-15yrs) REGISTER
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. Facilitator: Jodi
NATURE & OUTDOOR DRAWING (8-12yrs)
Spring is a great time to get outdoors to draw! 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. Instructor: Jodi
DRAWING EXPLORATION (10-14yrs) REGISTER
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. Instructor: Jodi
CREATIVE KIDS (4-6yrs) REGISTER
In this class we’ll create lots of fun projects together based on a weekly theme. Creativity and playfulness will be encouraged by experimenting with everything from watercolours to salt dough! Instructor: Jodi
SKETCHING & DOODLING FUN (7-10yrs) REGISTER
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. Instructor: Jodi
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