Janice Liu is a children's comic creator and teacher. She is the artist of the graphic novel Chicken Soup & Goji Berries, and her work has been published by Augur magazine, UBC VSE, and Shuster Award-winning Wayward Sisters comic anthology. Her fantastical, all-ages stories often explore Chinese diasporic identity and spirituality. Janice lives in Burnaby, where she is the owner of Young Artists' Place and teaches full-time there. In her practice she uses cartooning to engage students in writing stories connected to their own experiences and interests. Janice has been teaching art for children and teens since 2013 and has delivered art and comic workshops at schools and libraries, including Burnaby Public Library, Frontier College, and Richmond and West Vancouver district schools. She is also a Creative Writing & Comics instructor at Place des Arts.
Janice used her skills as an artist to explain the making of comics and how this is accessible for all to create their own. Initially the year group got to see some of Janice's own comics that she had illustrated with a writer in Canada. This exposed the children to bilingual language (written in Chinese and English) which made it an accessible workshop for our children, especially the EAL children. Amanda Boby, Year 4 Learning Leader and Teacher, British School of Guangzhou
A comic workshop that can be spread out over a number of sessions. I've delivered this workshop numerous times at Burnaby Public Library, and at Place des Arts summer camp, with great success! Covers the whole process of creating a 1-2 page comic, from brainstorming to scriptwriting to artwork.
Students learn about facial proportions, and techniques for drawing believable faces and capturing likeness.