LIV & CHIU art studio is dedicated to providing an environment for everyone to draw/paint from a live model. We offer various drawing/painting workshops for adults/youth taught by well known professional artists from all over the world. Please visit our website: livandchiuartstudio.com
Olivia (LIV) - Graduated from Fine Art Painting and Drawing in 2012 at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She has been in group shows with Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco, Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay and Blank Gallery in Oslo. She also received a "Specialty Award" from the Academy of Art University and was featured in North Light Book's competition Strokes of Genius 5 : Best of Drawing / Composition, 2013.
John (CHIU) - John Chun Chiu Lee started working at Pixar Animation Studios in 2006 as an animator on “Ratatouille.” Since then he has animated on many award-winning feature films including “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Monster’s University,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Inside Out,” “Finding Dory,” and most recently “Coco.” He was nominated for Outstanding Animation in a Feature Film for his work on “Monsters University” and “CoCo”.
The process and stuggle of creating something you believe in.
Olivia’s studio is an oasis. I had been looking for a good figure drawing studio for a while. It was the first time I’d ever done a long pose. It put a 180-degree spin on the way I draw, on the way I look at things. Olivia is an incredible artist in her own right, easy to talk to, and very gracious and supportive with her feedback. She’s growing quite an offering at the studio space, with a unique variety of master classes and diverse artists. She’s constantly adding onto to what she offers and all at very reasonable prices. It’s a gem.
Olivia was dedicated to teaching our teen fundamentals of drawing - kind, engaged, talented and supportive! Our daughter is a self-taught artist and wanted the "basics" and portrait drawing as a foundation - Olivia met her where she was at, gave great feedback and created a welcoming warm space to learn.
I took painting lessons from Olivia Chen at Liv and Chiu studio for six months when I retired. She is an absolutely amazing teacher, very patient, thoughtful, and prepared. She started by teaching me the basics of representational painting by building my skills with a minimum of frustration. Then she helped take my skills far beyond anything I could have imagined. I am so grateful to her for opening up a whole new world of creativity and making painting fun while teaching the techniques of the artists I’ve long admired. Besides the painting classes with Olivia, I have also taken two workshops at Liv and Chiu studio and I’m signed up for another worksop in the fall. The teachers they have are very high caliber, wonderful professional artists as well as really good teachers. They were very valuable experiences and I learned a lot in just a few days. I will definitely continue to supplement my art education with workshops at Liv and Chiu studio. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Senah loved every class (private lesson with Olivia, demo reel class with John, storytelling figure drawing workshop with Terry) and looks forward to next lesson. She absolutely loved all her teachers and all the positive encouragement she received from her teachers. It has been a great experience for her! Thank you so much!
I usually ask for some images of students work so I can have an understanding what kind of help the student need.
I have a degree in Architecture from Ryerson University and Fine Art Painting and Drawing degree from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. I have been in group shows with Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco, Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay and Blank Space Gallery in Oslo. I also received a "Specialty Award" from the Academy of Art University and was featured in North Light Book's competition Strokes of Genius 5 : Best of Drawing / Composition, 2013. I've taught art in various elementry schools in Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose and Vellejo.
Depends on what you are looking for, semi private to private price starts at $75 per 2 hour lesson up to $100 per 2 hour lesson.
I started volunteering at nursing home, teaching elders to draw/paint.
Teaching youth portrait drawing from a live model.
Make sure you research and understand what type of work your teacher does. Don't neglect the foundamentals.
What is your goal? What do you want to improve on? Do you have the time to practice?