"My daughter had such an amazing time at your studio. She loved her cartooning workshop and still talks about it now. I think both the teachers and students made quite the impression on her. She still sketches now and carries her sketchpad with her at all times. Thank you for feeding her creativity."
-- Monica H.
"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!"
-- Susan C.
"Olivia is a very talented and patient art teacher! Even though I have taken other art classes before I learned so much with her that others had never mentioned and now I look at drawing with new eyes!"
-- Jennifer L.
"Liv and Chiu is a great resource for 2-D artists of all kinds and at all levels. Super friendly atmosphere, well-organized, top-notch instructors. Highly recommend!"
-- Della B.
"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 looked 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."
-- Jean B.
"I recently took the Demo Reel workshop with John and Allison. After this class – my reel is headed in a clear & cohesive direction. The notes were not only tailored to what works and doesn’t work for my existing demo – the performance & mechanic notes plus-ed my in-progress pieces. It was basically dailies with 2 award winning Pixar animators. On top of critique, the lectures were informative and geared towards student requests & the workshop itself was very affordable for what you get in return. John even took time to give a final critique after class had wrapped. In addition to this workshop – I have been attending weekly gesture drawing classes. The class is well run with excellent models and facilities. I would highly recommend Liv and Chiu Art Studio to any artist, aspiring or professional."
-- Gary M.
"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."
-- Bonnie W.
"If you want to be around cool people and want to improve on your art then Liv and Chiu art studio is the place to be. Very friendly setting, always had a good time learning and drawing!"
-- Tam D.
"A friendly, approachable studio and space. A really nice mix of people and a huge variety of workshops. A really wonderful addition to a growing arts community in North Berkeley."
-- Norman B.
"Even before I attended John's animation workshop I admired and respected his work. Now after taking just a couple of classes from him I can definitely attest not only to his skills as an animator but also to his great ability as an educator.
Its rare to find a teacher in animation who excels not only in animating but who can also communicate their process. John has definitely mastered both while remaining humble and invested in those that come to his studio.
I give big credit to his teaching for getting me my first official position as animator at a studio I greatly respect. If you are an animation student and have the opportunity, definitely attend one of his workshops or figure drawings sessions. I can't think of a better investment in your career."
-- Chris R.