The Art Playground is an online space for us to take time for ourselves. It is a space where you can create freely, with my guidance, as you embrace and foster your imagination.

This is the ME TIME that you have been craving and looking for!

Yes, (your name), you are an Artist. Your talents exist as certainly as love and expression and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no ART! It would be as dreary as if there were no (your name).


LOL... Only SANTA can say it best, so I did a little add-lib there for you from 'Miracle on 34th Street'.

During many times in our lives, we need an escape of sorts. 

We need to step away and have an adventure. Take our minds off the day to day.

Creating art does that for me & I know that it also works for many of you. 

We always need to take the time and do what makes us happy, what rejuvenates us, what ‘fills our buckets’, if you will.


I am going to take you on a creative journey.

Together we will scribble, doodle, smear, paint, blend & glitter our way through online art adventures! 

My wish is that you take this book with you & let it inspire you on your journey through life. 

Write notes on the pages, doodle on the edges.... heck, even cut a few of the pages.

Grab your art supplies & have some fun!


Please note that signing up for my school will add you to my Users list, but you will still need to enroll in specific courses of your choice to access the course content. NOTE: Courses are listed at the bottom this page.

"I love Nicci’s clear, calm instructions that help you or a child to complete a lovely piece of artwork in the form of a comic strip. This class is wonderful!" ~ Intro to Graphic Novels ~ A family friendly E-course

~ jkumpu

Hi, I’m Nicci

I am a Canadian Mixed Media Artist who creates colourful & playful portraits of big eyed characters with bold features. 


My art style is a mix of cartoon-like creatures drenched in Kool-Aid with a dash of Tim Burton and a wack load of thick black

I spend most of my creative time working in my art journals or painting on canvas.

During my time off from work in 2020-2022, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to achieve one of my dreams.

I have created & self-published an Art Tutorial Book and a working art journal with prompts themed on the fabulous story by Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland. 

'Art Adventures with Alice' & 'Create Your Own Wonderland' can be easily purchased through my ETSY shop,

the 'Art Playground Emporium' .

These books are also available on AMAZON. Search for 'Nicci Battilana' in your local Amazon search bar.

Now, I am achieving my next dream of creating more fun online classes just for you!


My friend Miss Mindy had an early peak at my very first book, Art Adventures with Alice, and this is what she had to say about my work.


Hey, Nicci, I just wanted to so THANK YOU SO MUCH for going live and sharing your talent so regularly, frequently and candidly. It is so very generous of you and I am enjoying it so much.  I have to say, you are my very FAVOURITE ARTIST to watch online these days. I love how genuine and real you are, and how ‘unedited’ you are. I’m hoping that by ‘hanging out’ with you I will become more creative. Even if just a little. ~ E.C. (April 2020)