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Meet Our Teaching Artists

Erika Sorondo
Director of Education

Erika Sorondo is an experienced behavioral therapist, who studied psychology with an emphasis in Child Development and Special Needs at California State University, Los Angeles.  She has worked with a range of students from pre-school to high school in the performing and visual arts and with organizations such as Media Done Responsibly, a not-for-profit organization focused on the cultivation of a positive self image for students in inner city schools.  Most recently, she has both taught and assisted in Center For the Arts Eagle Rock’s After School Arts: Imagine Studio, our signature arts enrichment program. Her goal is to continue to help students both typical and special needs integrate and flourish, by using the arts as a way to inspire confidence, self expression and collaboration.

 

Nica Aquino
Teaching Artist

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Nica Aquino is a multidisciplinary artist and analog photographer residing in the Northeast Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and recently completed her MA in Visual Culture from the School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. Being a first generation Ilokana-American and having lived a very cross-cultural experience, her work explores notions of place, identity, community and multiculturalism. She is currently an after school teacher, focusing on social justice, and looks forward to teaching art to the youth in her community.

 

Bryant Argueta
Teaching Artist Assistant

Bryant Argueta is a visual artist from Highland Park, California who received his Associates Degree in Studio Art from Pasadena City College and is currently enrolled in the BFA program for Illustration at Cal State University Long Beach. Bryant has worked with youth of various ages teaching and using art as a way to inspire the creative minds of our future. Outside of his work with youth he is a freelance fine artist, Illustrator, and graphic designer. His goal is to continue to grow as an artist and be a role model for youth. He hopes that his passion for his work will influence youth to chase their dreams and work hard towards personal goals.

 

Luke Davis

Teaching Artist Instructor

Luke Davis is an artist working in mixed media, combining new and obsolete technologies. In his projects, Luke explores ideas of memory, sense of place, mythology, and dreams. Luke currently share his artistic talents with elementary and middle school students as a Teaching Artist at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock’s arts enrichment program, Imagine Studio and Summer Arts Camp. As a graphic designer, Luke has created work for boutique start-ups, entertainment, original content, e-commerce companies and not-for-profit organizations. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Luke additionally holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from U.C. Irvine.

 

Ismael de Anda III
Teaching Artist Instructor

Ismael de Anda III received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Using mutant practices including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, and site-specific projects involving viewer participation, de Anda’s work focuses on re-interpretation of memory, and cultural history inspired by the pluralistic existence he experienced growing up on the U.S./Mexico border and living in Los Angeles.

As a teaching artist, de Anda has lead art-making workshops for all ages, in communities throughout the world and within the Education Departments for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Latin American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

De Anda was awarded the 2010 Asian Cultural Council Japan-United States Arts Program Fellowship as a three-month Artist in Residence with the Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo. De Anda was the 2014 Windward School Installation Project Artist in Residence. De Anda is represented by La Estación Arte Contemporáneo, Chihuahua, Mexico.

His selected exhibitions include: Side Street Projects; Torrance Art Museum; Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles; Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles; La Estación Arte Contemporáneo, Chihuahua, México; The Marfa Book Company, Marfa,Texas; Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, Asakusa, Tokyo; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas; Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez, México; Museo de Arte de Sonora MUSAS; Avenue 50 Studio; Wintergarten, Vienna, Austria, and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

 

Grace Denis
Teaching Artist Instructor

Grace Denis is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Her work incorporates the use of a multitude of mediums including photography, sculpture, and installation. She studied at California Institute for The Arts and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. She has a strong passion for pedagogical practices and has taught children between the ages of five and eighteen at various institutions in the Los Angeles vicinity including Venice Arts, Wilding Cran Gallery, ArTES Magnet, and Newhall Elementary.

 

Frankie Fleming

Teaching Artist Instructor

Frankie Fleming is an artist and educator born and raised in Los Angeles. Her multi-disciplinary work uses video, photography, sewing, sculpture and writing to consider representation, obsession and utility. She studied at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department with a focus on experimental documentary and installation. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Oakland where she was involved with Canyon Cinema Foundation, Southern Exposure and the Ohlone Profiles Project. Most recently, Frankie worked with high school students in Southern Exposure’s Mission Voices Summer program. She is excited to be back in Los Angeles and join the Imagine Studio team.

 

Jonathan Gordon

Teaching Artist Instructor

Throughout Jonathan’s life there have been two main threads, teaching, and the arts. Originally pursuing a career in the performing arts, Jonathan studied at the conservatory in North Carolina where his focus was in music with a multi-disciplinary secondary focus. His visual arts focus has always been in carving and sculpting, focusing on the medium of wax and candles.

Out of college Jonathan began performing with a performance group that also provided arts education for under-served populations. It was here that he discovered his love of teaching, and decided to make that the next focus of his life. Studying ToEFL and gaining his certificate, Jonathan then went off to S. Korea where he taught English and Drama at a public middle school in Bucheon for 2 years. While in Korea he was also an active member of the expat performance society and performed in, stage managed, and directed a variety of shows.

 

Rebecca King
Teaching Artist Assistant

Rebecca King a San Francisco native, has taught with Imagine Studio Afterschool Arts as a Teaching Assistant since the Spring of 2016. She is currently majoring in Cognitive Science at Occidental College. Rebecca has also studied at CalArts majoring in Painting and minoring in printmaking and ceramics. She continues to share her craft by tutoring students in her community her preferred mediums are graphite, dry pastels, and water colors.

 

Keely Luna
Teaching Artist Assistant

Keely has had an interest in the Arts for most of her life. She studied Ballet intensely for four years as a child and could always be found drawing in her idle time. Keely was accepted into LACHSA’s Visual Arts program for high school, where she spent four intense years learning about fashion, animation, sculpture, painting and much more. When she was 15, Keely discovered circus. Throughout her high school career, she split her time between art and training to be an aerialist. After high school, she entered into a three year Aerial Program at The Circus Center of San Francisco. Since her graduation Keely has spent her time performing and teaching. She finds great joy in passing on her knowledge and hopes to continue to foster excitement for the Arts in those she meets.

 

Cristi Lyon
Teaching Artist Assistant

Cristi Lyon is a practicing and exhibited artist. Currently she works in glass and ceramics exploring the concept of Oceana. In 2013 she participated in an invitational workshop at Pilchuck Glass School and was a visiting Glass Artist at Pasadena City College. She is a recipient of the Jean Ward Scholarship for Excellence in Ceramics. She has a deep background in the arts, including a twenty year career as an animation artist.

 

Anahit Momjian
Teaching Artist Assistant

Anahit is a musician and student. Her major in Communication Studies at California State University Los Angeles is one of the fastest growing majors. She attributes this to the natural curiosity for how communication, or the lack thereof, affects who we are as people. As a child, she took dance, art, and some acting classes before discovering that music would play the strongest role in her life. She started taking piano lessons at age 12, guitar and voice at 14, and has been teaching herself bass for 2 years. Alongside playing music, Anahit enjoys writing poetry and hosting open mics with her peers. She hopes to be involved with music in the future whether it’s teaching, performing, or coordinating shows. Her goal is to work alongside artists and musicians, no matter what age or artistic level.

 

Ariana Perez
Teaching Artist Assistant

Ariana Perez is an art enthusiast from San Diego and currently lives in the city of Los Angeles with her husband and 2 kids. She has a passion for working with children and families helping them create, share, and connect through art. Ariana is excited to share her love for the arts with others, and to support the mission of Imagine Studio in providing the benefits of art to all children. On her free time she enjoys exploring the city with her family.

 

Jasmin Valladares
Teaching Artist Assistant

Jasmin Valladares has works with students from preschool to 1st grade at Annandale Elementary School and now as a teaching artist for After School Arts: Imagine Studio. Jasmin strives to create a strong progressive environment that helps students academically as well as socially. Her goals are to teach leadership skills, teamwork and a passion for the arts. In her role as Teaching Assistant at Imagine Studio, Jasmin enjoys learning from her students and helping them to explore new ways to express their creativity through art. In addition to her teaching artist activities, she attends Pasadena City College where she is majoring in English with a planned minor in child development.