Discipline: Visual Arts
Languages: English, French
An avid cartoonist since childhood, Julian Lawrence is an award-winning artist and illustrator specializing in comic books and filmmaking. Born in England and raised bilingual English-French in Quebec, Julian has a deep knowledge and love of comic books and animation. His work has been published and displayed internationally. Hhe is an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, teaching students the skills for creating fictional and non-fictional comic books and graphic novels. Julian has created numerous lessons and professional development workshops for adults and for younger students that integrate educational curriculum with the techniques of cartooning and comic books. He has also worked as a production artist, illustrator, writer, storyboard artist, character designer, animator, project manager and editor. Julian's film and television credits include work with the Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd n' Eddy, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's The Adventures of Artie the Ant, The National Film Board's The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, as well as directing and animating Drippy th Newsboy in Party! And the documentary short Class Action.
He has a strong aptitude for creative lesson planning and has demonstrated positive and supportive interactions with both parents and students. At the forefront of everything that Julian does is a solid understanding of the importance that the role of the arts plays in the life of the child.
Students create a one-page comic of an Aesop fable incorporating character, story and moral.
Students create a collaborative graphic novel adaptation of a story they are studying in class.
Students will create an original 6 panel page of cartoon art describing themselves, their family and their culture.