upcoming events


July 26, 2022: Surrey Libraries - Teen Manga Workshop / register here

July 28, 2022: Burnaby Public Library - Digital Drawing: Manga Faces / register here or here

August 4, 2022: Burnaby Public Library - Digital Drawing: Manga Hair / register here or here

August 11, 2022: Burnaby Public Library - Digital Drawing: Manga Chibis / register here or here

August 16, 2022: Cloudscape Comics Cloudshops - Teaching comics: getting started as a teaching artist (online) / info here

August 18, 2022: Burnaby Public Library - Digital Drawing: Animals / register here or here

August 25, 2022: Burnaby Public Library - Acrylic Landscape Painting / register here or here

Janice holds a marker up to a whiteboard as a student watches.
Teaching at Young Artists' Place

events, workshops, and school visits

Are you looking for an artist to teach a workshop for your school or event? I've delivered art programs in schools and non-profit centres across the lower mainland, including:

  • Burnaby Public Library
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • North Vancouver Public Library
  • Place des Arts
  • St Leonards' Youth & Family Services
  • Deaf Youth Today
  • Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre
  • Richmond & North Vancouver district schools

Please contact me at janice@janiceliu.com with teaching inquiries. I'd be happy to work together to develop a program for either kids or adults!

Janice Liu stands at the front of a whiteboard and points at a comic panel.
Comic Stories workshop at Burnaby Public Library
Two young children hold up their self portraits, drawn in oil pastel, over their faces.
After school art program at Little Cedar
Janice Liu stands in front of a projector screen and presents to a class of students.
British School of Guangzhou Comics Presentation

"Janice Liu is an outstanding teacher and artist.  Janice is communicative, dependable and punctual, and has delivered a variety of art-focused workshops for teens at BPL since 2018. Registration in her Manga drawing workshops has been consistently full and have many returning participants.  
Janice is skillful at providing step-by-step instructions that are clear to follow and she successfully builds rapport with a variety of ages and audiences. Our teen participants have greatly enjoyed learning from and consulting with Janice during the workshops she has provided at BPL.  We appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm she brings to her work!"
- Teen Services, Burnaby Public Library

Sample topics

Here are some topics I've spoken and taught on before. I'm also happy to create a custom plan with you based on any lesson or themes you might want to tie in to.

I am booking for both in-person and online events.

Manga Art

One of my most popular workshops - this is a drawing-heavy workshop that covers the basics of how to draw a manga / anime style face, and includes a systematic step-by-step of how to draw the proportions of a human body! Tailored to any age 6 and up.

Comic Stories

A 2-4 hour workshop that can be spread out over a number of sessions. I've delivered this workshop at Burnaby Public Library, as well as online with North Vancouver Public Library! Covers the whole process of creating a 1-2 page comic story, from brainstorming to scriptwriting to artwork. Tailored to any age 6 and up.

Portraiture / Caricature

A 1.5 - 2 hour session on drawing believable faces and capturing likeness. For Grades 4 and up. Also great for teens and adults!

Acrylic Painting

A 2 hour session on colour mixing and basic painting skills, working from a photo. Participants will finish with a simple but cute painting - think plants, cake, etc. Special supplies and sink access required. For Grades 5 and up.

Learning Chinese through comics 中文漫画

Combining creative writing with comics, this program engages kids in writing and speaking Chinese while creating their own cartoon characters and stories. I've run this program at Pocket Panda Chinese Learning Centre, as well as at the British School of Guangzhou with children of various linguistic backgrounds!

I am a Mandarin and Cantonese speaker and can write in simplified Chinese. (though I'm a bit rusty and might need your help with writing certain words :P)

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