Art Experience - Meet Our Staff
Art Experience - Creative Art and Writing Classes for Children & the Grownups

Meet Our Staff

Lee-Jean Lin, Founder
Lee-Jean is the founder of Art Experience. She uses art to guide children through the creative process so that they have the tools to empower their own lives.  She also runs "Art Experience Night" to provide a casual and fun environment for adults to create their own works of art. 
She has served as a docent for the Palos Verdes Art Center and Torrance's "Adventures in Art" programs. Additionally, she has worked as a presenting artist to several South Bay art programs, which benefit over 45,000 students. 
Lee-Jean was brought up in a family of artists and architects and has been practicing art as her life-long passion.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters in Engineering.  Her extensive psychology background, experience from raising a child with special needs, and more than 20 year's corporate experience as a designer give her unique perspective to children's art education.  She believes in making art part of life and, therefore, enjoys creating art projects with materials readily available in our daily lives.

Sarah Clayton-Rico, Instructor
Sarah was born and raised in Torrance, CA where her passion for art began at a young age. She has her AA in Fine Arts from El Camino Community College and studied Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design. She then went on to complete the 6-year Illustration/Animation BFA Program at California State University, Long Beach and graduated with honors. Her Senior Film was the first animated film to be featured in CSULB's Art Museum in the school's history. 
Sarah has been working with children since 2004, and began teaching children and adult art classes in 2008. She has been working with The Art Experience since 2011. 
Besides teaching, Sarah has worked as an artist/animator at a digital marketing company in Hollywood, an animator/storyboard artist for an animated series on YouTube. She currently works as a freelance artist, animator, film-maker and graphic designer in her free time.  Samples of her art are displayed in:  sarahspapercuts.blogspot.com

Fu-Tien Chiou, Instructor (Tinker Lab)
Fu-Tien is the instructor of "Tinker Lab: STEM Meets Art."  He received his Mater of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of technology.  He is a licensed architect in California and Georgia, whose profession crosses design, engineering, science and math.  He personally developed the "Tinker Lab" curriculum based on intensive research and experiment.  The goal is to encourage students to follow their curiosity and explore at the intersection of science, art, and human perception. Help them seeing the connection of STEAM in life.  He is also a popular  instructor of "Creative Learning Place", a sister school serving home school children. 

Anna Mavromati, Instructor (Writing)
Anna is a writer and educator from Redondo Beach. She enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing with students of all ages. In addition to teaching creative writing classes at The Art Experience, Anna also teaches college-level English and writing courses at El Camino College and Santa Monica College. She has experience teaching a diverse range of writing skills including essay writing, all forms of creative writing and journalism.
Anna earned an A.A. in journalism from El Camino College, then a B.A. in journalism and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her journalistic work has been published in The Daily Breeze, The Beach Reporter, The Patch, Easy Reader News, Westside People Magazine and other Southern California publications. Journals that have published her fiction include Ink Stains Magazine, Literary Hatchet, Per Contra, Shaking Lit Magazine and RipRap Journal. Since 2016 Anna has been writing original immersive theater productions for Shine On Collective, a Los Angeles-based theater company she co-founded.

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