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 the Temple University in Philadelphia. After 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 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 and gallery, Robertson Art Zone (RAZ), where she teaches art to children and adults, and hosts art shows and events.
Drawing & Stop Motion Animation Teacher
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.
Studio Assistant, Mixed Media Teacher
Chanie grew up attending art classes as a child in Los Angeles, where she exhibited tremendous talent through her detailed drawings and paintings. In her elementary art class, being her favorite class, she showed a passion and love for art. After high school, she spent a year in the hills of Safed, Israel when she fell in love with painting sunsets. During her two years in Brooklyn, New York she attended an oil painting class in Flatbush and an outdoor, spring-time watercolor class in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She received a BS in Psychology from Excelsior College and a Certificate of Preschool Education from Bais Rivkah Seminary. In 2020, Chanie worked as an art teacher at Star Education after-school program. When Covid-19 hit, she searched for the next step in her career. She met Yael and in July she interned at Robertson Art Zone summer camp.
Today, Chanie enjoys painting beautiful sunsets in watercolors, acrylics and oils. She also loves painting flowers and nature scenery. She is so happy to be a part of Robertson Art Zone and make a positive difference in people's lives through the creative art expression.
Dance and Fitness Instructor
Shiva Bagheri is a fitness competitor, gymnastics champion, fitness model, professional dancer and choreographer, personal trainer, and dance instructor.
Shiva has a background in Gymnastics, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, Persian and Jazz dance, starting when she was just nine years old. Back in those formative early years, Shiva was a competitive gymnast with the SCATS gymnastics school – one of the best in the U.S.
Shiva began her career as a professional dancer, choreographer and actress, at the tender age of 15, when she appeared as a chorus dancer in “Orpheus in the Underworld” at the L.A. Music Center, then shortly afterwards appeared on the popular TV program STAR SEARCH with a group called, "The Vibes" – they ultimately won the competition for teen dance groups. Since then, Shiva has danced and worked with such choreographers as Debbie Allen, Marguerite Derricks, and Zina Bethune, to name a few. Shiva has also appeared in TV commercials and a variety of TV appearances earning such credits as: “Mr. Belvedere,” “Doogie Howser,” “Pollyanna II,” and “Army of Darkness,” along with Coke, McDonalds, Planet Fitness and Disneyland commercials.
In 1999, Shiva ventured into the fitness world and won such titles as Ms. Fitness Inland Empire, Northern California, California, Las Vegas, and Nationals 1999. She placed 5th in the Ms. Fitness USA competition and 8th in Ms. Fitness World competition. She was the 6th place in Ms. Fitness USA (2000) and 9th place in the Fitness America Pageant (2000). Her competitions have been televised on Fox Sports and ESPN. From her experience as a top ranked fitness competitor, Shiva then became a fitness model, appearing in many fitness and health-related magazines, such as Ms. Fitness, Oxygen, Fit Mag, and Ironman. Over the past 25+ years, Shiva has taught a wide variety of dance and choreography to well over 10,000 people from the ages of 2 to 82, and from beginners to top professional levels. She also teaches in any setting – whether one-on-one or in a huge dance studio class.