Untitled | Mixed Media | © Elizabeth Mancini 


Classes at VERYSMALLSTUDIO are, yes, very small, 4-6 students, using a self-directed mentoring approach. Previous experience is not required and I find that mixing the beginning students with the more advanced makes for a rich learning environment. 

Classes are ongoing, allowing students to unfold and develop at their own pace over time. It's a quiet and gentle setting as most people who are attracted to this kind of work tend to be on the introverted side, myself included. Click on the KIND WORDS tab to read students' comments about their experiences here.


I graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 1991, with a specialization in drawing and sculpture, followed by an internship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. 

After teaching art in various forms for 15 years I studied Botanical Illustration in 2004 at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, England. 

On my return to Canada I developed and taught classes in Botanical Illustration at Emily Carr University of Art & Design from 2007 to 2017.

VERYSMALLSTUDIO came about in 2010 after a former student from Emily Carr approached me about teaching her privately so that she could continue to learn. I checked in with others who might be feeling the same way and the response was overwhelming. I have been teaching small classes of interested drawing and painting students ever since, and am now teaching exclusively here in my own space. 

If you would like to join us or have more questions about what we do here 
please contact me at elizabeth@verysmallstudio.com