Untitled | Mixed Media | © Elizabeth Mancini 


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

After teaching drawing and sculpture for over 15 years, I undertook a course of study in  Botanical Illustration at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, while living in England. On my return to Canada I developed and taught classes in Botanical Illustration at Emily Carr University of Art & Design between 2007 and 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've been teaching small classes of interested drawing and painting students here ever since and this is where I now center my teaching practice.


Classes at small here at VERYSMALLSTUDIO with a maximum enrollment of 5 students per session. I use a self-directed mentoring approach to teaching. The informal atmosphere and individual attention aid in dispelling the fears of beginning something new and unknown. Previous experience is not required and I find that mixing the beginning students with the more advanced makes for a rich learning environment. It's cosy and friendly and all are welcome.

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.

The atmosphere is quiet and the environment is peaceful as most people who are attracted to this kind of work tend to be on the introverted side, myself included. 
And the teapot is bottomless...

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