About Us - What Parents Say
My sons ages 8 and 6 attended Spring Camp and both had an amazing time there. It's a very special studio, run by a warm and caring owner. Yael and her team really sparked their creativity, and allowed my sons the space and time to create and explore. They came home each day with sculptures made from wood or clay or mixed materials, telling stories of all that they learned and cool art materials they got to try.
Glue guns! Water color pencils! Clay! Highly recommend.
— Dro R.
About Us - Meet the Artist Teachers
Founder & Art Teacher,
Yael Lichaa was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. Since the age of six, Yael showed a special talent in art, particularly in painting and sculpting. To follow her father's footsteps, she decided to study medicine and got her BA in Biology from Temple University in Philadelphia.
After an internal battle between medicine and art, Yael choose to pursue an art career at the Pennsylvania University of the Fine Art, PAFA, in Philadelphia, where she majored in painting and sculpture. At the age of 25, Yael moved to New York and worked at the prestigious antique furniture restoration shop in Manhattan.
Moving to Los Angeles a few years later, and teaching private art classes to children ages 5-12, teenagers, and adults, Yael got her Master's Degree in Elementary Education in 2008. During the years of 2008 and 2011, Yael developed and taught various art courses, such as Beginner and Advanced Ceramics, Figure Sculpting, Basic Drawing, and Sketch Drawing, Oil Painting, Mixed Medium, Bookmaking, Abstract Art, Oil Gilding, Painting on Wood, Dry Pigments and Shellac, Egg Tempera, Milk Painting and more.
In 2011 Yael was hired by STAR Education, as a woodworking teacher, teaching in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles elementary schools. In the summer of 2018, Yael ran her unique art camp, where children experimented with many forms of fine art, visited LA art museums, and created their own masterpieces.
On December 9th, 2018 Yael opened her own art studio, Robertson Art Zone (RAZ), where she teaches art to children and adults and hosts birthdays parties and art events.
Studio Manager & Art Teacher,
Media & Art Teacher,
Art Page: facebook.com/hdartsy
Hagit Damto was born and raised in Israel. At a young age, she discovered her artistic skills while sketching characters from her favorite cartoon series. Growing up, art programs weren’t available to her in school as a model of encouragement, so for a while, it was just something to do in her spare time.
That all changed when she decided to study Graphic Design as her primary career subject in high school. In her class, Hagit learned how to make artwork with traditional methods such as acrylic and oil paint, to work digitally with Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and she also studied Art History.
When she turned 18, Hagit joined the Israeli Defense Force for two years and extended her stay to a couple more years thereafter. Surprisingly to her now, Hagit enrolled in college to study History - until she attended an Open House at The Israeli Animation College in Tel-Aviv when her art career was propelled forward.
In addition to having a traditional background in art, she specializes in 3D modeling, character design, and concept art.
Hagit brings to the studio The Art of Making Visual Magic - a model she designed which brings life to the characters, stories, and fantasies. Her life purpose is to make people laugh, cry, use their imagination, surprise themselves, and be entertained.
At RAZ Ms. Kimberly Grace captures all the goings-on. "Everybody brightens up and blooms at RAZ! I do living portraits of children's joy in stories now," she grins. "Be sure to look through our RAZ blog articles. You may see my face - and yours." She loves on the children too.
When people ask Kimberly where she's from her reply will be the United States, from north to south, and east to west. How so? She went to 8 separate grade schools in different states and 5 colleges over 30 years.
Kimberly dreamt of seeing the world, then decided to start by living and traveling in an RV for 10 years to discover America's National Parks and treasures. Her respect for stories grew around campfires and in natural hot springs with many lively adventurers whom she easily imagined into cartoon characters.
A life-long learner, Kimberly's education covers commercial and fine art, marketing, and management. Her BS is in Mass Communication with an emphasis on media production from Southern Adventist University in TN.
Her talent for portraiture emerged early with pets and stuffed animals. From photographing people and drawing babies, her skills progressed to paintings, then video journalism.
She brings 4 decades of experience in professionally representing small businesses and community services to RAZ Studio. She has served to finesse organizations' dreams, crisply package their products, clarify the values and benefits, and help those who need their services be able to find them.
"It's about making a difference in lives. Transformation with creativity is a rewarding challenge. I like to have fun!"