Liz Amini-Holmes

Liz A.

Redwood City, CA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I an an award winning artist and I work as a freelance illustrator in the editorial and children's market place. I also teach on a regulr basis. I am an art instructor for Young 5's program in the Emile Reggio style of teaching as well as Instruct students (8- adult) in picture book classes, art workshops and one on one picture book art mentorship programs. I help students find their unique visual voice and techniques. I creat my own specialized syllabi and assignments for my students.
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Liz delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1995

As a 30-year award winning professional artist my background painting and illustration. I hold a BFA from the Academy of Art University and USF.
Private classes are for all ages. I will guide each student through a variety of art processes in a friendly & engaging environment.
Classes introduce students to art in its many forms and traditions such as drawing, painting, watercolor, printmaking, mixed-media and collage. I can tailor an art program for a student’s particular interests. My specialty is helping artists find their unique visual voice using various art techniques and projects. I also can work with children and adults who'd benefit from art therapy.
I am compassionate, enthusiastic, easy-going with a friendly attitude that helps to create an environment where students can relax and feel comfortable.
I have a flexible schedule allowing me to work with students as needed.

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Expressive Art Specialist
Jan 2013 - Present
Expressive Arts

Liz Amini-Holmes is an Expressive Art Specialist providing carefully designed expressive art projects that bring creativity into children’s lives by helping them build self-efficacy, creative thinking, social and emotional learning, socialization and problem solving skills through art making. Liz encourages children the exploration of how “mistakes” can be turned into a piece of art.
As an Expressive Art Specialist, Liz collaborates closely with the DPK team to provide individualized and specialized art services for children, adolescents and young adults with special needs, autistic spectrum disorders, behavioral problems, and children coping with loss & bereavement and emotional & traumatic issues.
Liz is an award winning book illustrator as well a seasoned art instructor.

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Jun 1985 - Present
Liz Amini-Holmes Illustration

I work as a freelance illustrator in the editorial and children's market place. I also illustrate and art direct/creative for various companies in the multi-media, corporate, educational and game industries. I am very experienced in creating multi-media and educational images.

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Children's Literature and Fiction Writing
Feb 2010 - Jun 2010
Stanford University
Children's Book Illustration
Jan 2000 - Dec 2001
University of California, Berkeley
Film and Editing
Jun 1998 - Sep 1998
University of California, Berkeley
Sep 1979 - Jun 1983
Academy of Art University and USF.


Limited Proficiency


Certificate of Completion for Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practice [Part Two]
Jan 2019
Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Institute

Certificate of Completion for Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practice [Part One]
Nov 2018
Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Institute


2012 USBBY Outstanding International Books Award
Jun 2010
Kirkus Starred Review
Mar 2010
Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year
Feb 2010
The Globe and Mail


Society of Illustrators
Jan 1998

The Society’s mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.

Photos & Videos

My Studio

Teaching some of my pre-K kids about warm and cool colors.

Photo by Liz A.

Photo by Liz A.

3rd Grader Painting in Acylics

6th Grader working on a painting and clay project.
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4 Reviews

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Daniela Magozzi Sep 28, 2015
Acrylic Painting · In studio

I recently had a beginniner's acrylic lesson with Liz at her studio. The lesson was totally custom tailored to my requests, which was exactly what I wanted. I look forward to more lessons with Liz. She is a gifted teacher and artist.

Naomi Sep 23, 2015
Illustration · In studio

Liz demystifies the art-making process and believes so fully in a student's ability to take steps forward that you start to believe it too. She makes art-marking a joy by first helping her students see and then helping them begin to build skills in a manageable way. Liz is fantastic at helping her students find the balance between play and structure, so that mastery of technique grows alongside creative exploration. She connects immediately with young people, helping them to both see their creative potential and dare to stretch and develop their skills.

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Rayme Sep 23, 2015
Acrylic Painting · In studio

Liz is not only an amazing illustrator and artist, she is gifted at creating and nurturing the spark of creativity and confidence in children and adults young and old. Liz has an amazing toolbox of craft and techniques and a loose and approachable teaching style that makes learning and doing art fun.

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Jessica Sep 5, 2015
Drawing · In studio

Liz is my favorite art teacher ever. She supports students in a way that makes them feel innately creative, even if they started her class with the belief that "I'm not good at art" or "I'm not creative". She makes art - and life - feel joyful and safe. She is a wonderful person with an enormous heart and open mind. Adults and kids of all ages feel comfortable with her immediately because her loving nature tells us we can trust her. I look forward to taking another class from her.
--- parent of 7th & 9th graders in Woodside

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