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Catherine
« Perfect! Erika is currently tutoring my grade 7 daughter, helping her to expand her art skills and grow her confidence. It's been amazing to see how my daughter's work has developed in just one or two lessons. Erika approaches each lesson with a clear plan and goal for what she would like my daughter to achieve. She has a very calm way about her and is both inspiring and encouraging. We could not be happier. Thank you, Erika! »
$45/h
Verified tutor profile
Response Time 3h
Lessons offered by Erika
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at their home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Watercolor painting
  • Oil painting
  • Cartooning
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • For children

Freelance artist teaching and giving advice on illustration, drawing, and painting in Vancouver, BC.

Methodology

Hello,

My class parts from the idea that ANYONE can learn how to draw with the right approach.

These classes are deemed for beginner, intermediate level students and anyone who wishes to work on their observational skills.

Besides the technical side of the class, I also focus on building the confidence and knowledge through MAKING. I honor the effort and bravery of those who wish to learn or to perfect their drawing skills by designing the lessons around their learning style and interests.

You can find my ILLUSTRATION WORK at erikaim.com or at instagram.com/erikadecanella/
Please contact me if you wish to look at my traditional work.
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Art supplies not included.
The student must be +8yo.

Also, please note that I will only travel up to 10 km to the student's home. The hourly rate for longer commutes will have to be negotiated.

I'm sorry, but If you cancel the class the same day, there will be no refund.
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Best,

Erika M.

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One of our best! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and responds during the day. Erika will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

I've been teaching people of all ages since early 2016 but started one-on-one classes in April, 2017. Since that time, I've had more than fifteen regular students and taught several workshops.
Since my class also focuses on helping the students to feel comfortable and confident about their practice, I seek to help them work out those natural insecurities that come with art making. This allows the learning process to be smoother and less intimidating. One of my main goals is to help the student gain confidence in their own developing skills.

We can have the class wherever you want. In the past, I've met with my students at the library and even at parks and public places (especially for gesture exercises, fast sketching, and urban drawing). My studio is also an option, although having the class at their own places is convenient for most, especially in the case of children.

Again, Art is for the brave and sensitive. I honor the effort and bravery of those who wish to learn or perfect their drawing skills by designing the lessons around their learning style and interests.

See you soon,

Erika M

Rates

Transportation Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $ 42/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $40
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $35

Details

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Please, pay for the class AHEAD.

Art supplies not included

I'm sorry, but If you cancel the class the same day, there will be no refund.
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Lessons offered by Erika
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at their home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Watercolor painting
  • Oil painting
  • Cartooning
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • For children

Erika's Resume

EXPERIENCE
Private art instructor — April 2017 - Present Vancouver, BC
• One-on-one drawing and painting lessons.
Freelance Illustrator — 2017 - Present
• Cricket Magazine, 2019
Editorial illustration
• Anick Press, 2018 - 2019
Picture book freelance illustrator
• Capilano Courier - Ongoing
Spot and cover illustration
• Translink, City of Vancouver, 2017 Bike locker wrap-around
sticker design
Art instructor —September 2016 - June 2017
Young Rembrandts, Vancouver, BC
• Teaching drawing lessons to children as part of the
company’s art program in schools and cultural centres.

EDUCATION

-BFA, Illustration Major, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC
-Watercolour mentorship with artist Emilio Galindo, Guadalajara, Mexico
-Drawing and painting mentorship with artist Javier Salazar, Ajijic, Mexico
-Graphic Design Diploma, Guadalajara University, Mexico


EXHIBITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS

●2018
The 10th annual CARDED trading card art show, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver
Canzine, Broken pencil Magazine, Vancover
Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCaf)
Vancouver Artbook Fair, Vancouver
The 9th annual CARDED trading card art show, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver

●2016
13th annual Hot One Inch Action, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver
The 8th annual CARDED trading card art show, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver
Homesick, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, North Vancouver
Colectivo Ajijic, Ajijic Cultural Centre, Ajijic, Mexico
Por los Muertos, Gonzales Gallo Cultura Centre, Chapala, Mexico


Scholarships and Awards

●2017
Winner of Call for Artists: 29th Avenue Bike Lockers

●2106
University Women’s Club of Vancouver Scholarship Marion V. Murray Memorial Scholarship

●2014
Jack and Doris Shadbolt Scholarship
Toni Borschneck Memorial Scholarship

The 9 reviews on Erika
  • 4.9/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
C
Catherine

Perfect! Erika is currently tutoring my grade 7 daughter, helping her to expand her art skills and grow her confidence. It's been amazing to see how my daughter's work has developed in just one or two lessons. Erika approaches each lesson with a clear plan and goal for what she would like my daughter to achieve. She has a very calm way about her and is both inspiring and encouraging. We could not be happier. Thank you, Erika!

Kelli

Perfect! Erika has been a wonderful teacher for our kids. I extended our time together because they love the class and Erika so much.

Samuel

Excellent! I needed an art teacher to give me some accountability for a personal practice in drawing, and to help push my art to another level. My main goal in working with Erika was to learn how to draw faces and, more importantly, to learn *how to learn* drawing.

Erika did a great job of assessing my level and providing weekly assignments for me to work through. We worked together on Skype for an hour at each go, going over my week's work and then diving into the next subject. Her feedback was always well-reasoned and presented in such a way that it was easy to understand and grow from. Plus, she's very professional and just a good person, which makes working with her a joy.

I'd recommend her to anyone picking up a new skill in art or picking up art in general.

6 recommendations

Jose

She is a very responsible and talented person, always willing to help along while having a great attitude. I couldn't recommend her enough.

Estefanía

Talented young lady with lots of experience and great attitude. She is a great teacher!

Eduardo

She really takes care of your technique, even tough I am able to choose the topics I want to work at, she always finds a way to do it while explaining a new topic, or just reinforcing what we've learnt so far. She is also amazing at pin-pointing the most amazing details of my work, nothing escapes from her. I'm a million times better because of her. Thank you!!!

Erika's interview

QUESTION 01 | 05
When and why did you develop an interest in your chosen field?
Erika — I've drawn since I was little. However, since I was planning to become a coroner, art was really a hobby for me. I chose graphic design a year before applying to university, but I switched to fine arts and illustration after a semester. It just made more sense to me.
QUESTION 02 | 05
What makes you passionate about your subject?
Erika — Knowing that drawing and painting is a field where you can keep learning for the rest of your life is very exciting to me. Also, I love finding visual ways to represent stories or ideas.
QUESTION 03 | 05
What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"?
Erika — I am determined to prove that anyone can learn how to draw.
QUESTION 04 | 05
Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Erika — My mentor Javier Ramos Salazar, who is a hyper-realistic painter and an amazing human who is both wise and humble.
QUESTION 05 | 05
What are your keys to success?
Erika — Patience, perseverance and courage

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