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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! »
$34/h
Verified teacher profile
Response Time 11h
Lessons offered by Erika
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her 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 and 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.
When I first talk to my students, I let them decide whether they want a project-based class, in which they decide the theme and/or media. In this way, I guide them closely from start to conclusion of each artwork or through exercises, of evolving complexity, assigned by myself. Thee start with graphite and charcoal drawing and focus on observation, line quality, and value exercises.

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.

You can find my ILLUSTRATION WORK at erikaim.com or at instagram.com/erikadecanella/
Please contact me to look at my more traditional work.
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Art supplies not included.

Please, pay for the class ahead.

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 tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. 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 about eight students and three small groups (four people max).
Since my class also focuses on helping the students to feel comfortable and confident about their practice, these ease their way through those natural insecurities that come with art making. This allows the learning process to be smooth and for your mind, eyes, and hand to work and learn better.

We can have the class wherever you want to. 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.

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.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $30
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $26

Details

____________________________
Please, pay for the class AHEAD.

Art supplies not included

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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Lessons offered by Erika
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her 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.

●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.

●Freelance graphic designer
-Fresh Prep, Vancouver, 2016
Package Design for take-out orders
-Casa Michin - Mexico, 2015
Branding and promotional material
-Viva la Musica - Mexico, 2014
Advertising and concert poster design

●Graphic designer and staff member — October 2014 - July 2015
Ajijic Music School, Mexico
Graphic design for the School's concerts and promotional material
Managed the school's website and social media
Front desk, information and student services
General organization of music concerts and events

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 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!!!

Interview with Erika

QUESTION 01 | 06
What motivates you to tutor and why?
Erika — I know by experience how slow and frustrating it can be to learn a subject by yourself. I simply enjoy sharing my experiences and the methods and strategies that I have found beneficial for my art practice.
QUESTION 02 | 06
When did you start developing an interest in your subject area?
Erika — Definitely my mentor Javier Salazar, who was my mentor for almost a whole year and who taught me about discipline and perseverance.
QUESTION 03 | 06
What is the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in mastering your craft?
Erika — Not giving up even when I felt that I was only going in circles.
QUESTION 04 | 06
In your opinion, what makes someone excel in your subject area? *
Erika — Perseverance, discipline and a little of good guidance.
QUESTION 05 | 06
What would you say to a student who says, "this is too difficult, I give up"?
Erika — To step back and look for a different strategy or a method that speaks better to the rough moment they are going through. These thoughts are normal sometimes, but it is important to analyze if there's something in particular that is triggering these feelings.
QUESTION 06 | 06
How does someone become a Super Tutor?
Erika — You sign in and try to do your best for those brave ones who are willing to get better at something.

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