who we are

ArtHaus 5 is made up of moms, dads, business professionals and artists alike. We take pride in fostering a culture of learning and innovative imagination in an environment that is encouraging as well as instructive regarding the fundamental principles of art.  


molly warren

Arthaus 5 Administrator


Originally founded as YY Arts Center, ArtHaus 5 has transformed into so much more!  Molly Warren, daughter of the artist and founder Ms. Helen Yuan, developed the center together as a way to give back to the community and share Ms. Yuan’s love of art with others. Ms. Yuan decided it was time to retire in 2017. Her daughter Molly continued the studio with the help of a new director and the instructors to develop the programs to continue to meet the needs of the community and beyond.

Molly has her degree in marketing and business development and a background in e-commerce. In addition, she is the CEO for Shenmo Education and within the organization, teaches Abacus, a form of math education.


cheryl grosso

Director of Arthaus 5 Art Studio


Cheryl is an artist, designer, photographer. She has a three degrees in Digital Design and Art. She has created art in the community for over 30 years including painted murals and signs for schools and different businesses. In her off time she draws and builds websites.

Cheryl was a business owner for seven years and in executive sales in various corporate settings and was licensed in Real Estate for five years. She is our current school director as well as one of our teachers. She teaches illustration, digital art and 3-D modeling with clay.

Feel free to contact Cheryl with questions: cheryl@arthaus5.com



michelle viado

Michelle is a recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego; she studied an interdisciplinary major that intersects Visual Arts and Computer Science. She was hired as the director’s assistant and is in-training as a new art teacher. She specializes in book illustration-style pieces and plans on writing and illustrating children’s books in the future.

Michelle is continuing to learn new forms of art and is truly excited to work with children! She is incredible asset to Arthaus 5 and we are looking forward to growing with her in her new career!


lionel talaro


Educated at Art Center in Pasadena and the Art Institute at Calabasas, I began my career as a freelance illustrator in 1992. Having been influenced by past masters such as NC Wyeth, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Blackshear; I carried on a tradition of painting with dynamic composition and color palette. My painting subjects are showcased in dramatic lighting, color with attention to amazing detail. Having a story to tell in each painting is an important part of my painting process.  I have a passion for music and you will find many of my subjects are music related.

I continued to work in the commercial industry and gained notoriety with projects for Disney, Darkhorse Publishers, Anheuser Busch, 20th Century Fox, to name a few.  In 2002 I began to exhibit in galleries and gained momentum with collectors and commission clients nationwide. Finding more and more galleries were wanting to exhibit my work, I decided to become a full-time fine artist and now you can find my paintings in private collections and galleries worldwide.

I currently live and paint at home in La Mesa, California. I am happy to be working day and night.  "No sleep till Brooklyn" is a mantra to me.  Instilled to me by one of my favorite teachers of art and life.  I find painting is a way of life.  s.  

Lionel is excited to meet your amazing artist in his class!


mike howland


Mike has been drawing since he figured out what side of the pencil made the marks and has been making comics ever since. He got his BFA degree with a Concentration in Graphic Design from Colorado State University. While there he expanded his skills to include painting, printmaking, papermaking, sculpting and the use of programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Mike has worked on everything from T-shirts and album covers to wedding invitations and sneakers and he’s got a special place in his heart for comics. He teaches a variety of art classes across a number of mediums and loves to see what his students create!


sandra roberts


Sandra Roberts received her B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, New York City. She continued her formal training in Paris and the south of France studying landscape painting.  Her current work is created with Acrylic paint and mixed media collage. She paints on high quality canvas and uses acid free watercolor paper for her prints. Today, Sandra resides in San Diego, California with her husband and four children and is recognized as an emerging contemporary artist whose work shows great innovation and promise.

Sandra's work has appeared in exhibitions on the East and West coast and awards include; two Boston Globe Gold Key Awards, Boston, MA; two Marblehead Arts Festival Awards, Marblehead, MA; The Edward Carey Award for "Outstanding Artist of the Year" Award, Marblehead, MA; Juror's Award from Southwest Artscapes Show, Phoenix, AZ; and The Founder's Award from Art Prospect, La Jolla, CA.