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Artists in residence provide direction to showcase your family tree


Mother-daughter duo – celebrated children’s book illustrator Zhu Dandan, top row below left, and Wang Zi, bottom row left,  an artist-educator – are the artists in residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library.

In fun and engaging workshops, the Richmond Hill Public Library invites you to explore visual paths you can use to showcase your family’s past. 

Through linocut and woodcut printmaking techniques, students will learn how to incorporate collage-making, photography, graphic design, bookbinding, typography, and other artistic forms to create a beautiful display of your family’s story. Being held at the Central location, 1 Atkinson Street, the sessions will be taught by the Richmond Hill Public Library’s  2022 Artists in Residence, mother-daughter duo Wang Zi and Zhu Dandan. 

Zi is a renowned artist-educator with worldwide experience, and Dandan is an established children’s illustrator.

Originally from Nanjing, China, Zi is an artist-educator based in Toronto. Zi attained her Bachelor’s degree in design from OCAD University. As a Guggenheim Bilbao scholarship recipient, she completed her Masters’ degree at SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Her artworks have been seen at venues like Métis Space (Hong Kong), Serpa Gallery (Canada), OCAD University (Canada). She has been teaching and facilitating arts and culture programs for various institutions, including ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), City of Ottawa, City of Richmond Hill, Red Cross Canada, and many others. She loves teaching languages, going to weddings, and sharing her terrible jokes with interesting souls when she’s not making art. Zhu Dandan is a celebrated children’s book illustrator and a creative director with over 100 published works across Asia. Some of her clients are The Ministry of Education, Jiangsu; Phoenix Publishing & Mediagroup; and Hsin Yi publications. After she moved to Canada in 2017, she has been enjoying gardening and learning English. She is currently working on her new book that details her family’s migration story in China.

No experience is required and materials will be provided.

This program will take place in Room A & B.

For more information, please click here.

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