Untitled | Mixed Media | © Elizabeth Mancini 

I graduated in 1991 with a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal followed by a short internship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.  
After teaching drawing and sculpture for about 10 years, I took a course in Botanical Illustration at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. It sounded like it could teach me how to paint, something my education mysteriously overlooked.
On my return to Canada I began teaching classes in Botanical Illustration at Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2007-2017). During that time I established this studio to teach students who wanted to learn more advanced techniques.


The atmosphere is quiet and the environment is peaceful. Most people who are attracted to this kind of work tend to be on the introverted side, myself included.
Classes are ongoing, allowing students to unfold and develop at their own pace over time. With a short 4 week schedule, the time commitment isn't enormous so students can take breaks for travel or just to practice on their own and return when they're ready for more. And share some really nice tea.

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