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Art Program

Art Education helps children develop creative problem-solving skills, motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. The Pomelo Art Program teaches students to express their feelings, Ideas, and creativity.

Check Out Some Projects From Our Flourishing Young Artists

What Do Our Kids Say About Art Class?


“I love art class because…

…I can be creative!”

…I learn to draw new things.”

…it makes school fun!”

…when I'm in art class I can be myself.”


We Need You!

Your donation to the Panther Fund helps us keep the Pomelo Art Program and other vital enrichment programs going. Learn more about opportunities to contribute here!

Meet Pomelo’s Art Teachers

Cathy Gunther

I feel every child deserves to express themselves through art in an uncritical and nurturing environment. I have found that a variety of mediums (materials) and projects allow the children to find their niche in art. There seems to be a project for everyone.

Studies have shown that children who are exposed to the arts through information and hands-on experiences have higher IQs and are more confident in their school work in other subjects. As a parent, ask your child if they enjoy art at Pomelo. You might be surprised by their enthusiasm…

I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree from USC with an emphasis in 2 dimensional art and a minor in art history. I have a Master's of Fine Arts degree from USC in 2 dimensional art with an emphasis in watercolor and lithography.

I have taught children at Pomelo art at every grade level for 25 years. Prior to this I ran a successful mural painting business (still do) and a needlepoint design business for 7 years.

Aida Abkarians

After receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Art, I had the distinctive pleasure of teaching art for more than two decades to thousands of children at Pomelo Community Charter School. Over the years I have co-chaired different PTA committees for my children and yours, always aspiring to do what I can to improve our community. I’ve pestered hundreds of you to donate Holiday toys to the Children of Child-help USA and in the past year I have established a charity called the Sunshine Club to help the less unfortunate in West Hills  and surrounding communities by donating household items, non perishable food and toiletries and used clothing to different food banks and organizations.

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