Amelie Liew

Amelie Liew

AMELIE LIEW/MANAGING DIRECTOR.art educator

“The best thing about art is that art naturally lands on each one of us no matter how much we love or are good at. The best thing about children is that they are born to be artistic and creative. We connect these dots with children’s own motivation!”

Amelie has a BA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This art education led to working in a commercial art gallery and museum, as well as with local and international artists as an independent curator. She hopes Nine Studio provides a nurturing environment for all children to find their own voice by being creative and having fun.

Sheby Chan

Sheby Chan

SHELBY CHAN/graphic designer.art educator

Born and raised in San Francisco, Shelby made the move to Los Angeles for her undergraduate education and received her BA degrees in Art and English from UCLA. Merging her two areas of study as a visual storyteller, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Animation at USC and has been with Nine Studio since spring 2018. She loves sharing the joys of art and contributing to this collaborative, creative environment! She designed and taught ‘animation week’ during summer 2019.

“Art is the ultimate way to engage with the world. It is a field that negotiates all other fields, from sciences to humanities, and allows for open dialogue between them. With freedom of expression, art can be a powerful tool.”

Our Team

We are a group of artists, educators, children-believers, and curious grown-ups who are always seeking to create.

Emma Buchanan

Emma Buchanan

EMMA BUCHANAN/curriculm designer.Art educator

Emma has a BFA in Photography from The Columbus College of Art & Design. After graduating in 2009, she went on to teach at an afterschool program in Ohio. Originally from a small town in Ohio, Emma joined Nine Studio 2017. She thrives on creating a relaxing environment where kids can feel free to be themselves and express themselves through different mediums of art.

“Art creates an outlet to express emotions and feelings. Some of us have a hard time expressing our emotions any other way - children especially. With so many different types of mediums to create with, art gives us endless possibilities to express feelings and create beautiful things that we can either share with others or make just for ourselves.”

Kori Zhang

Kori Zhang

Kori zhang/art educator

Kori Zhang is a bay-area based illustrator with five years of experience in designs and over ten years of experience in drawing and painting. Having illustrated and designed from event posters to spot illustrations for magazines, she enjoys creating images that solve problems and tell unique stories. She’s also familiar with various techniques in art practice such as screen-printing, bookmaking, and animation. Her biggest goal at this point is becoming an inspiring artist/educator and bringing joys to people who love arts.

“Art is a powerful tool for people to express themselves and make positive changes to their surroundings. By teaching children how to use this “tool”, my mission is to encourage them to find their own voices in art and explore more potentials of themselves and the environment.”

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Lily layman/art educator

Pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of San Francisco, Lily has a passion for children and helping them explore and expand their creativity. She has worked with kids of all developmental and learning differences as a nanny and behavioral therapist for children with ASD. Growing up in a family of artists, she has been creating art her entire life with a special love for painting, making cards, collage, and photography. She strives to inspire children to utilize their individual thought and create artwork that will make them proud.

"I believe art is the best way to stay in tune with our creativity and inner child. With art, everything is possible and nothing is right or wrong. Art allows us to communicate the feelings, experiences, and emotions in a beautiful and unique way that words cannot."

Jane Seong

Jane Seong

JANE SEONG/ART EDUCATOR

As a child, Jane wanted to be an artist and has been drawing, painting, and creating a bunch of different things ever since. Jane holds BFA from Academy of Art University, majoring in Visual Development where character design is her specialty. She loves to create characters that spread joy to both children and adults. 

“Kids give me inspiration for art. I get fresh ideas from kids and they constantly surprise me with their creativity. Just as children inspire me, I aspire to be an inspirational source for children.”