Students painting in the studio

About the Studio

Young Artists' Place is a visual arts studio in South Burnaby. Located at the intersection of Royal Oak and Rumble, the studio offers art classes to kids and teens in Burnaby and the greater Vancouver area.

Here's what you can expect from my programs:

  • Focus on practical techniques.

    I focus on teaching use of tools, as well as fundamental drawing and painting skills. When students gain confidence and the feeling of mastery over art tools and techniques, they can then use these tools to express their own style and artistic voice more authentically.

  • An artist's perspective.

    The artistic process (brainstorming, planning, decision-making) is integrated into classes, and students are encouraged to practice problem-solving and self-expression. I also demonstrate and share my own techniques as a practicing artist.

  • Communication & flexibility.

    I get to know each student as a person and an artist, and listen to their needs.

  • Small class sizes.

    My classes generally have 4-6 students. I cap classes at 8 students maximum.



About Janice

I'm an illustrator and comic artist, and the owner & teaching artist at Young Artists' Place. I studied at the University of Toronto and taught at the Children's Art Studio at Artscape Wychwood Barns. I've been teaching art since 2013, and creating digital art on the computer for over 15 years.

I’m the comic artist of Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, a bilingual graphic novel published in 2019. My comics have also been published in Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women (nominated for Ignatz and Gene Day awards). You can find both these books in Burnaby Public Library’s comics collection!

As a teen, I was in love with cartoons, fantasy worlds, and creating my own characters. I'm still constantly practicing and growing as an artist myself! You can see my work on my personal website.

Photograph of owner and teaching artist Janice Liu