Elvira Kravenkova is a Port Moody based Canadian artist, a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and Vancouver Life Drawing Society.
Elvira is a regular participant of Canadian and international juried art shows, and a finalist or a winner of many of them. She got formal education in Fine Arts and Medicine, which makes her a perfect teacher, equipped with knowledge of psychology, the science of education, and developmental psychology and Fine Arts. Elvira’s teaching experience goes back to the 1990s. Her teaching methods arr based on age and abilities of each student. For little kids it is teaching through play, while for older kids and adults it is a structured program, when students work on projects chosen based on their skills, strengths and weaknesses.
Elvira graduated Art school in Russia, then studied arts with Anatoliy Badriashwilli, an internationally recognized artist and educator, and later with Mandy Boursicot in her Atelier in Vancouver. She continues learning through different master classes and courses with artists from all over the world, including Art Academy level courses (you can see Elvira’s works on her web page).
Her training in art and medicine helps her use both types of education in teaching. Elvira’s approach to her students depends on each student’s age, experience and personal goals.
For kids, approach is age-based: younger ones are instructed while they work on the project of their choice, for older kids, she uses more structured approach where they start with foundations of drawing and move to more complicated tasks.
For adults, her teaching approach is totally goal-based. If the student wants to have fun or just copy a painting, or use a photo for his/her own painting, it is done with a lot of help and instructions. If an adult student wants to go through traditional training, the program takes him/her through basics and then the student’s skills are developed further to the level of human figure drawing and painting.