Dino & Panda Inc

Artwork Dedicated to Making You Smile Every Day

Elaine Kao 
Artist | Teacher | Musician
I have been drawing and creating since I was old enough to hold a crayon.  I was lucky enough in junior high and high school to have teachers who fostered my love and interest in art.  In high school, I had my first chance at painting on a large canvas because my teacher recognized that I already possessed the art skills he was trying to teach the rest of the class. 

After high school, I started a Visual Arts degree program at the University of Victoria.  In my 3rd year, I decided to try something different and moved to Burnaby, Vancouver to complete a Diploma of Technology in Architecture and Building Technology. Following this I decided that I love the design aspect of Architecture but not so much the technical details and calculations so I returned to UVic to complete the final year of my Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Upon completion of this degree, I realized that being a teacher is what I really wanted to do, since I had always been volunteering with arts events and camps.  I moved to Lethbridge, Alberta to complete an after-degree and got my Bachelor of Education with an Art Education major and a Music Education minor.  I was fortunate enough to be placed in a private school back in Victoria, my hometown, for my final practicum. There was luckily an opening for a position as the middle years art teacher and I got the job! It has been such an exciting journey so far and I look forward to teaching many years of young artists. In the future, my goal is to open my own art studio from where I would teach art and make art all day!

I also have my ARCT Piano Performance Diploma and teaching certification, and I teach the ukulele as part of the Island Ukuleles Music Society. In addition to my art goals, I also have music goals! I play the piano and ukulele and a bit of guitar, but I would love to learn how to play the banjo, mandolin, harp, and some instruments from different countries.  I also want to be fluent in at least 7 languages.  I believe all these ambitions will help me become a better artist with more sources of inspiration!

Art Shows, Exhibits, Conventions
  • (Fall) Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair, ​Victoria, BC
  • Uptown Summer Market, Victoria, BC
  • Phenomacon, Colwood, BC
  • Gorge on Art, Victoria, BC
  • Carfree YYJ, Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver Island Comic Con, Sidney, BC
  • Market in the Square, Victoria, BC
  • (Spring) Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair, Victoria, BC
  • Capital City Comic Con, Victoria, BC
  • Tsukinocon: Uvic Anime Convention, Victoria, BC

  • Victoria Christmas Fair, ​White Eagle Polish Hall, Victoria, BC
  • Nerdy Days of Christmas, ​Victoria, BC
  • Solo Art Exhibit at the Saanich Municipal Hall, Victoria, BC
  • Uptown Winter Market, Victoria, BC
  • Junior Superheroes 2019 Calendar Project roll-out event, ​Charlie White Theatre, Sidney, BC
  • Dino & Panda Mini Exhibit, McTavish Academy of Art, Victoria, BC
  • (Fall) Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair, Victoria, BC
  • Fun Art Show at McTavish Academy of Art, Victoria, BC
  • Crafted Farmhouse Market, ​Mary Winspear Center, Sidney, BC
  • St.Margaret's School Faculty Art Show, ​Learning Commons, Victoria, BC
  • Uptown Market, Victoria, BC
  • 31st Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In, Victoria, BC
  • Victoria Pride Festival, Victoria, BC
  • Gorge on Art, Victoria, BC
  • Carfree YYJ, Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver Island Comic Con, Sidney, BC
  • The Village Block Party, Victoria, BC
  • (Spring) Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair, Victoria, BC
  • Camosun Comic Arts Festival, Victoria, BC
  • Tsukinocon: Uvic Anime Convention, Victoria, BC​​

  • Nerdy Days of Christmas Craft Fair, Victoria, BC​​
  • Mosaicon, ​Nanaimo, BC
  • Clay, Paper, Canvas: Cedar Hill Arts Center Art Instructors Group Exhibit, Victoria, BC
  • 30th Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In, Victoria, BC
  • Victoria Pride Festival, ​Victoria, BC
  • Sidney Sidewalk Sale & Street Festival, ​Sidney, BC
  • Canada Day Gorge on Art, Victoria, BC
  • Carfree YYJ, ​Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver Island Comic Con, Sidney, BC
  • Solo Art Exhibit at the Saanich Municipal Hall, Victoria, BC
  • Camosun Comic Arts Festival, ​Victoria, BC
  • The Look Show, ​Bay Center, Victoria, BC
  • LANtasy, Pearkes Recreation Center, Victoria, BC
  • Voices of Women through Canadian History, Group Exhibit, Bay Center, Victoria, BC
  • Tsukinocon: UVic Anime Convention, Victoria, BC

  • Mount Doug Secondary School 85th Anniversary Art Exhibit and Battle of the Brushes events, ​Victoria, BC
  • Solo Art Exhibit at the Saanich Municipal Hall, Victoria, BC
  • Art & Music in the Gardens, Horticultural Center of the Pacific
  • Canada Day Gorge on Art, ​Victoria, BC
  • Art Battle, Victoria Event Center Victoria, BC

  • Mini Solo ExhibitFresh Cafe Victoria, BC
  • Langham Court Theatre Art Show Victoria, BC
  • Art World Expo Vancouver, BC

  • Art World Expo Vancouver, BC

  • 25th Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In Victoria, BC
  • Art World Expo Vancouver, BC
  • Mini Solo Exhibit, Noodle Box Victoria, BC

  • Mini Solo Exhibit, Upstairs Gallery, UVic Victoria, BC
  • Mount Douglas Secondary School 80th Anniversary Celebrations: Art Tasting Event Victoria, BC

  • Youth Group of Seven Third Show at the Ministry of Education
  • Youth Group of Seven Second Show at Cedar Hill Arts Center
  • CACGV and Somerset House Resident Artist event Victoria, BC
  • Youth Group of Seven CACGV Art Show Victoria, BC
  • Student artist demo at RBC bank in Oak Bay Victoria, BC

Victoria Public Market Vendor Dates:
June 4th & 5th
June 11th & 12th
June 18th & 19th
June 26th

July 2nd & 3rd
July 9th & 10th
July 16th & 17th
July 23rd & 24th
July 30th & 31st

August 14th

Market Vendor Dates:

Luxton Market:
March 29th  5:30-8pm

Victoria Public Market: 
Victoria Day May 22nd 10-4pm


2016 continued
September 11th
October 9th
October 15th
November 12th

December 3rd & 4th
December 10th & 11th
December 15th, 16th, 17th
December 22nd & 23rd