Clarissa Fermin, Owner/Executive Director 

Clarissa holds various art and design background in Interior Architecture, Web Design and Multi-Media from the Academy of Art University and Far Eastern University. She also holds a certificate in AutoCAD and Studio Viz from San Francisco State University. "I love it when the kids' face light up when I let them know that we're working on an art project that they will enjoy. KidzArt has one of the best programs and curriculum out there and also meets the National Standards in Art Education. KidzArt is a confidence-building art enrichment program that allows us to reach out to all ages and all members of the community especially young children - so no one is left out. It doesn't matter whether you have an art background or not or whether or not you can draw. Art is a universal language and it is an experience that everyone will enjoy and that is what makes me want to continue to do this."

 

Mike Fermin Sr, Co-Owner/Events Coordinator

Mike recently retired from the City of Berkeley as a Supervisor from the Public Works Department. He is a practicing martial artist for 40 years. He currently teaches martial arts and enjoys building and construction. "I don't have a formal art education but I believe in the discipline that it teaches similar to how we discipline our students in martial arts. KidzArt breaks down the process just like how we teach our katas in karate until you come to a final product that is the culmination of that entire artistic process. Every drawing by every child is different. I believe in the method and I enjoy seeing the kids having a great time in their art classes."

 

Our Certified Instructors and Special Events Specialists

Grace Taormina

Grace is a mixed media artist with a passion for paper and fabric. She authored "The Complete Guide to Rubber Stamping" and "The Complete Guide to Decorative Stamping." She is a credentialed teacher who has many years of experience with young children and adults.

Cyrous Shaghayegh

Cyrous holds a degree in Visual Arts from the Science and Culture University of Tehran. She has done several exhibits in Tehran, London, Mexico City and San Francisco. She celebrates her Persian culture in all of her vibrant artwork and she uses recyled materials on most of them. She has been involved in several community and public art since 2009. Most of her installations and graffiti work can be witnessed throughout the Bay Area, Darabad mountain and the  City of Tehran.

Keyvan Heydari

Keyvan or 'CK1' is an Iranian Visual Artist and Graffiti artist pioneer. His works are based on Iranian root culture poets like Hafez and Rumi. 

Ayako Harashima

Ayako studied Sports Science and German Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany and holds her Bachelor's degree from Chuo University in Tokyo. After working as a journalist, she decided to pursue her true passion, teaching art. She earned her Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University and L'Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (The Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, Italy) summa cum laude. She is currently studying to become a credentialed art teacher. Ayako participated in several exhibits throughout Italy and is actively exhibiting her work in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Francesco Rosato

Michael Fermin Jr.

Elizabeth Chong

Julie DePew

Miriam Shulgold-Albert