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. However, her mom convinced her to study medicine and Yael got her BA in Biology from the Temple University in Philadelphia. After internal battle between medicine and art, Yael decided 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 from the University of Phoenix 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.
Founder, Art 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, Cartooning and Annimation Teacher
Tziporah has been practicing art for over 25 years. Her passion for art started when her parents enrolled her in an extracurricular art class in Elementary School. She continued to pursue her love for the arts in Los Angeles, where she received her degree in Fine Arts. Tziporah has had numerous group and individual exhibitions in Iran and California. She currently teaches in the studio and at various schools in the Los Angeles community, inspiring hundreds of students - both in group environments and individual settings.
Her goal as a teacher is to show that everyone has an artistic side to him/her and to help each person awaken and express his/her inner creativity. While Tziporah has experience teaching artists of all ages, she particularly loves teaching kids, because she is able to bring out their potential at a young age. As a teacher, Tziporah is student-focused; she offers a model and invites artists’ own taste and creativity. She gets the greatest pleasure from her job when students finish a work of art that they originally did not think they could accomplish.