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Meet Our Teaching Artists

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Luke Davis
Teaching Artist
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 shares 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 degree in Studio Arts from U.C. Irvine.
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Ayrin Gharibpour 
Teaching Artist
Ayrin Gharibpour is an Iranian artist, illustrator, and puppeteer born and raised in Tehran. She holds a BFA in graphic design from the Art University of Tehran. Ayrin works as a teaching artist leading workshops for the community in the art of puppets and illustration, and in our after school arts program, Imagine Studio. Ayrin is also a puppeteer with the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theatre. Her interest in theatre, especially puppet theatre arts, stems from being born into a theatrical family. As an educator, she has worked with children creating theatre and puppet theatre projects in schools and institutions in Italy, Tehran, and the United States. She plays the oud and violin and speaks fluent Italian and Farsi.

 

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Teaching Artist
Miquela is a native Southern Californian artist, and while she studied film photography and enjoys keeping busy using all kinds of mediums, her main focuses currently are illustration, comics, and zines. Her illustration work has been used for MTV’s social media accounts, Funny or Die videos, and Ed Begley Jr.’s environmental campaign with the Center for Biological Diversity. She has a deep love for dogs, which comes across through her work but especially with her recurring comic character, Cool Dog. Other themes found in her work are cartoonist takes on pop culture, and colorful human and animal characters. She has participated in zine festivals and curates local art shows in Orange County. As an art educator her biggest goal is to create environments that allow everyone’s inherent creativity to be nurtured and cultivated. Her belief in art education and curation is that we are all born artists, we just need to be allowed the freedom to express it.

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Asher Titan
Teaching Artist
Asher Titan is an educator, multi-disciplinary artist, and administrator. They have developed and implemented visual arts-based curricula in various educational and museum settings throughout Los Angeles, including CFAER’s Imagine Studio, Emerson Community Charter School, and the Getty Center. Asher’s teaching philosophy is centered on exploring themes of social justice, identity, artistic inquiry, and social emotional learning. They received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from UCLA with a major in Art History and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE).

 

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Teaching Artist
Tara Zorthian is a multimedia artist, presenting to the world such creations as claymations, paintings, music, and sculptures. She believes in the power of art and fun, and finds it to be a deeply spiritual and silly practice. She has produced three albums in the past two years, two with her band Tara and the Little Stars and also released a solo album under her name. Tara is a beloved teaching artist in our after school arts Imagine Studio program, summer arts camp, and was a featured artist and art model at CFAER’s CURRENT: LA Food triennial enchanted painting project at the Exposition Park Rose Garden.

 

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Teaching Artist

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.

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Sarah Naim
Teaching Artist
Sarah Jamal [SJ] Naim is an artist living in Los Angeles. She’s worked with young students in Beirut and LA, exploring play as pedagogy. Her works have taken form as sculpture, sound, painting, and inter-action, investigating the material and spatial qualities of communication. Since 2019, SJ has been making soft furniture and squishy things with her partner as Groupsports, an artist-run multidisciplinary design studio. She received a B.Arch from the American University of Beirut in 2011, an MFA from CalArts in 2018, and attended The Mountain School of Arts in 2019. In addition to teaching, she works with a local non-profit, designing parks, trails, and public spaces in the LA Basin.
 

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Teaching Artist
Elly Dallas is an artist and educator who grew up with her grandparents in NE Ohio. As a first generation college student, she earned her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and later her MS degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Akron. Recently, she spends most of her free time embroidering, drawing, making papier-mâché sculptures, or participating in mail art exchange. It makes her happy that these practices do not require a lot of materials and therefore do not create much waste. Through her work, she thoughtfully explores storytelling and finds herself especially entranced by the repetition of making stitches. She believes that change can be made by sharing even the smallest of stories. She has experience teaching and making art alongside children, adults and senior citizens, with gratitude to learn about and teach towards others’ learning styles along the way. Her hope within her teaching practice is to promote wonder, play and exploration of new techniques and ideas that will outweigh the self judgement that sometimes holds us back from creating and sharing.

 

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Riley Strom
Teaching Artist

Riley Strom is an oil painter from Los Angeles. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence, and earned her MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In addition to her studio work, Riley is sharing her talents with the community in CFAER’s “Loosening up With Ink” workshop. She also oversees our new Drawing Lab which launched in January 2021. As an artist she thinks a lot about the relationship between an image and the world it is representing. How can a still image contain the complexity of a lived experience? In her paintings she wants to communicate the sense of energy, motion, and time that exists in living things. Her artistic process starts with observation. Music, people she meets, food, stories she’s told or read, found photographs, poetry, or pieces of trash are all potential subjects to paint. Her goal is to translate these nuanced sensorial experiences into visual symbols, colors, and composition. The paintings dip in and out of representation, figuration, and abstraction. Because the images in her paintings are generated by my personal experiences, the location and context of where she’s working greatly affects the painting. She is interested to watch how her work is informed by her ever changing environment, mood, as well as the larger societal socio-economic and political circumstances.

 

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Teaching Artist

Fiber artist Connie Rohman creates fabric collage, fiber wall art, and art quilts. She hand-dyes her fabrics, and uses traditional methods to explore abstract shape, line and color.  Connie has won numerous awards for her work and has exhibited internationally and in museums. Connie is influenced by the landscape of her childhood, both interior and exterior.  She grew up in a remote Quaker community adjacent to the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, Canada.  Her work is also influenced by the strong light and colors of Los Angeles, her chosen home. Hand dyed fabrics and a closely stitched line are how she renders the abstract works that are based in her fascination with language and her connection to nature.  It takes long hours to create one of Connie’s fiber artworks.  She starts with white fabric, and hand dyes it to get her color palette.  Then comes hours of hand guided machine stitching, which add surface design and detail to the work.   
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Morgan Street
Teaching Artist

Originally from New England, Morgan Street is a designer, artist, educator, fabricator and project manager.  Embracing overlapping mediums and disciplines, Morgan makes sculptures, installations and functional objects that reference traditional craft methods, natural landscapes and textures, personal agency, memories of escape and a reverence for the mysteries of the organic world.  Much of her work is inspired by and manifested in very remote settings.  As an educator she champions personal and communal achievement through collaboration and technical skill building, specifically focussing on the points where art, design and craft overlap.  She currently works with youth and adults in Los Angeles and is the Project Director at Beam Camp in New Hampshire.  Morgan also heads a professional design/build studio, offering solutions ranging from custom residential builds and remodels to set and prop construction for commerce and entertainment.  A lifelong dream is to make everything she owns and wants to show others how to do this as well.

 

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Leslie K. Gray
Teaching Artist
Leslie K. Gray is a visual artist, puppetry and theater designer and director whose work has been seen both locally and internationally at such places as The Music Center on Tour, The Skirball Cultural Center, The Getty Museum, Highways Performance Space, Ma Chere Artspace in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and El Museo Nacional in Montevideo, Uruguay. She teaches puppetry and art workshops for many community organizations and museums and is a credentialed K-12 Special Ed and Deaf Ed. teacher. At Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, she developed and leads online workshops where children and youth learn to make their own shadow puppets, lanterns, and vessels of hope, addressing their feelings and experiences during the pandemic. She has experience teaching all age levels and specializes in adapting techniques to different learning styles.

 

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Charlotte Hildebrand
Teaching Artist

Charlotte Hildebrand is a cartoonist, painter, illustrator, muralist, and writer. At Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, she teaches graphic memoir and comic arts workshops, encouraging her students to find and value their own personal styles, through an engaging combination of images and text. Charlotte leads students in various cartooning and storytelling exercises, and helps them generate thoughtful and personal graphic essays.  She has presented her comics at the LA Zine Fest and East Los Angeles Zine Mart and was the very first comic book artist at the 360 Xochi Quetzal residency program in Chapala, Mexico.  Charlotte will soon be releasing her very own graphic memoir, and you can find more of her clever, insightful, and humorous comics at @lottobrand on Instagram.