Our teaching philosophy is to listen to our aspiring artists and help guide them to their final masterpieces. All our teachers are professional artists and designers with many years of experience teaching arts and inspiring kids and adults to be creative. Here at RUSART FINE ARTS CO, you are not merely joining an art studio–you are joining a vibrant, supportive community!


Most our students are long-term clients, continuing with lessons year after year. We appreciate all the support of our students and communities, many students come to us as a client referral. We have tought over 2000 students and have about 80 students regulary taking or classes, who learn, create and encourage each other.



“My 4.5 year old went to try one class and came out totally in love. Now she wants to go every day, mixes paint at home, and her drawing has improved a lot in just 2 classes. Great studio and teacher!"

Elena, Nahum Leroy (Perelman)


Elena was born and spent most of her life in St. Petersburg, Russia - a city of artists, ballet and music, or a cultural capital of Russia as most people say. 

Although Elena was interested in arts from childhood, she got Master’s Degree in finances and built a good career in investment area in Russia: she was an author and an editor of several text-books printed for universities and professional educational centers, had a department under supervision, and was a well-known expert on mutual funds.

However, in 2005 Elena started learning academic drawing and painting and her life started turning into another way. So, in 2009, when Elena moved to Canada and settled in Vancouver, she decided to quit finances and devote herself to the arts. The same year Elena opened an art studio for children and adults - RUSART Fine Arts Co. 

Also, Elena is a professional jewelry maker and silver smith. Check her artworks at

What is Elena's method of teaching and what to expect?

"I’m sure that if you decided to take art classes you’re already an artist inside and my role is to help you to find yourself. Art is not a science and what works for science and math is unlikely to work here. Yes, we have some rules to follow and some theory to know, but it doesn’t mean you should always follow the rules. You can find mistakes in master pieces by Michelangelo, Eduard Manet, Edgar Degar and many other famous artists. If you can’t, I’ll help :) Your soul, not rules, brings a picture to life and makes it look remarkable. So, I’m trying to work with everyone individually and help find students their own style and a way of painting.

We choose a project together that matches your tastes and skills and I’ll describe step-by-step how to create your very own project in YOUR WAY, explain basics of composition, perspective and mixing colours.

The more projects you make with me the more styles and techniques you’ll learn. My goal is to introduce as many styles and techniques as possible, so in the future you can choose what fits you better and find yourself in arts. Even if you find this or that style too challenging or not a good match to your personality, at least you tried it and made a choice. As everything starts with academism (realism), I normally demonstrate it first.

Sometimes you’ll be asked to start painting or drawing from what you see, with no instruction for a short time, but with a feedback from me. I know, it sounds frustrating, but only this helps develop observation skills, wake up your mind, reveal your artistic personality, and eventually will make you independent from me, as a teacher. I’ll explain all mistakes (if any) made and what to pay attention in the future. If a painting implies repetition you may be offered to do repetitive things at home, if you have time and space for this. Yes, I’m trying to save your classroom time.

I’ll show how to use materials, how to mix colours and how to make your painting look more alive. The more classes you’re taking the more you’ll learn about how colours work together. I don’t overwhelm with mixing colours information at the beginning. As all pigments are different, I’ll show, for example, which red and blue give you purple and which ones give you brown. Also, I’m explaining difference between different kinds of colours (like zinc white and titanium white etc.) and when and how to use them.

I’m not painting for you. If something doesn’t look the way you expect, next time, with more experience, you’ll achieve better results.

All these are the same for both kids and adults. Of course, with kids we do that at their level, but principles are the same.

My students get awards, participate in art shows in Greater Vancouver and even sell their paintings! Yes, you will become an artist too. It involves a lot work, but it worth it. I have 10 years of experience teaching classes at different levels and I’ve worked with over 1000 adults and children. And I also help prepare portfolios for universities, colleges and art schools.

If everything sounds like what you're looking for, welcome to my classes in South Surrey!

Exhibitions and art shows:
2010 - (group) Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam
2011 - (individual) Vancouver Media Art, Vancouver
2011 - (individual) New Westminster Cultural Crawl
2011 - (individual) West End Community Center, Vancouver
2011 - (group, juried) Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam
2012 - (group) Art Square, New Westminster
2012 - (group) Visual Verse - 2012, New Westminster
2012 - (group) Elemental Show, New Westminster
2013 - (group) Visual Verse - 2013, New Westminster
2014 - (group) New Westminster Cultural Crawl, New Westminster
2014 - (group, juried) Wonderland, North Vancouver Art Council, CityScape Art Gallery
2016 - (group, juried) Van Gogh museum exhibition at Oakridge Centre, 1st place award, Vancouver
2016 - (group) Art Squared, New Westminster Art Council
2016 - (group, juried) Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam
2016 - (group) Fall Classic Art Show, Rusart Fine Arts Co., New Westminster
2016 - (group) Slavic Gala, UBC, Vancouver
2017 - (group) Art Squares, Gallery in the Park, New Westminster
2017 - (group) Local Abstraction (Semiahmoo Arts), Surrey
2017 - (group, juried) Below 40 (Federation of Canadian Artists), Vancouver
2017 - (group) Anonymous art show, North Vancouver
2018 – (group) Hycroft Art Gallery, Vancouver
2018 – (solo, juried) Art on Display, White Rock Community Center
2018 - (group, juried) Aquarelle at Pastel (Federation of Canadian Artists), Vancouver
2018 - (group) Local Abstraction (Semiahmoo Arts), Surrey ....

And much more!

Ekaterina Vopiyashina


Ekaterina Vopiyashina was born and grew up in Russia, Volgograd. Vopiyashina studied academic drawing and painting at several art studios in Moscow. She moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2015 to pursue BFA degree from Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD), and completed her studies in 2019 with major in Print Media. Ekaterina works in traditional printmaking techniques (etching, silkscreen, relief, lithography) but also interested in painting, drawing and illustration. Her fine arts prints were exhibited in Canada, USA, Germany and Serbia. Ekaterina currently exploring themes of femininity in contemporary society and relations between personality and appearance.

Education: BFA with Distinction, Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD), major in Print Media, 01.2015-05.2019

Art shows:

  • Hybridization, The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, Edmonton, December 1, 2018 - February 3, 2019
  • It never ends, Galerie Gaulin, Calgary, November 3-16, 2018
  • Just some prints, Galerie Gaulin, Calgary, February 24 -March 9, 2018
  • The 9th Annual President’s Student Art + Design Exhibition, AUArts, Calgary, February 2019-January 2020
    Southern Graphics Conference, Dallas, USA, March 6-9, 2019 (New Impressions winners)
  • Sawtooth Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, USA, Spring 2019 ((New Impressions winners)
  • The Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA, Print Exchange Exhibition, January 2019
  • 3rd Print Biennial Graphic CACAK (Serbia), October 11-November 05, 2018
  • Mini Prints Berlin 2018, Galleri Heike Arndt DK - Berlin (Germany), November 2018-March 2019
  • How to work a room, The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, RBC Emerging artists show, Edmonton, August 2018
  • Southern Graphics Conference, Las Vegas, USA, April 2018
  • Sawtooth Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, USA, April 23-May 24, 2018
  • Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Print Exchange Exhibition, January 2018
  • Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Print Department Exhibition, March 2017, 2018
  • Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Show and Sale ACADSA exhibitions, participating and volunteering 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Awards and Scholarships:

  • New Impressions Printmaking Competition 2018, 3rd place in the Screen Printing category;
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 2018 Art Showcase, 1st place in Sculpture, Textile, Mixed Media, & Printmaking category;
  • New Impressions Printmaking Competition 2017, 2nd place in the Intaglio/Etching category;
  • Participant at 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Project at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Art Board of Governors graduating students scholarship, Print Media department, 2019

Ekaterina is teaching art classes in Hamilton Community Center (Richmond) and comes to paint parties.