Hi my name is Sugandha and I’m the creative force behind La Dee Da. I’ve loved art my whole life. I have been painting, drawing, singing and crafting since I was a child. From my first mark makings as a toddler to a formal education and career in graphic design, being creative is in my bones! I grew up in an environment that fostered the love of the arts in me as a young girl. My father exposed me to a plethora of projects and different mediums of painting at a very young age. My mother, who ran a clothing boutique, taught me how to sew. I spent my childhood learning how to batik, tie-dye, decoupage, sing, dance and explore my world through different creative mediums. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. I am a mother to two amazing little people (Samara and Liam) and married to my best friend for 12 years. Together they make my world complete!
Art Educator + Creative Director
Meet Samara and Liam:
Samara is a spirited 7 year old. She is bright and articulate and passionate beyond words! She loves books, music, theatre, painting and crafting, and has graduated from playing princess dress up to having a keen sense of her own style. As most young children coming into their own independence, she can be very intense and stubborn at times and has a mind of her own. She is my muse!
Liam is 4 and is a curious little guy. He is independent and content, although loves being close to me. He adores legos, dinosaurs, science, sports and is the happiest when playing outdoors and looking for bugs. He is a very active boy; you won’t find him sitting still for long. He definitely keeps us on our toes.
Meet Jessica Brown
Jessica acts as our right-hand woman coordinating daily operations and assisting our team of staff at the studio. She brings a lot of fun and positive energy to our students as well as runs the daily show. You'll always find her wearing a smile on her face! She is currently pursuing a degree in Art Education from Georgia State University and when she's not crafting for a birthday party or coming up with cool new projects at the studio she enjoys working on her own art, being out in nature, attending live concerts and training for a triathlon!
Meet Yaché Green
One of our studio favorite's, Ms. Green holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Georgia Southern University and is a second grade teacher with the Fulton County school system. She has a passion for working with young children and her gentle demeanor and smile has won over many of our campers and party goers! When not working, she enjoys spending time with her puppy Bay and her friends and family. She is a self proclaimed shopaholic and has quite the shoe collection!
Meet Isabel Massell
Isabel is a current student at Georgia Southern University, studying Studio Art and Graphic Design. She joined the La Dee Da family in February 2016 and has been working with us over school breaks camps and birthday parties. She enjoys being around young children and being artsy. In her downtime, Isabel practices her art skills with projects for friends and family and spending time with her loved ones and dogs. She hopes to finish her art degree and travel the world.
Meet Ali O'Leary
We're excited and honored to have Ali return to us this Summer. Ali grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She received her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City in 2010. Ali earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Maryland Institute College of Art in Studio Art in Baltimore, MD and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She lived in New York City for several years and gained experience teaching art to a wide range of students as well as working in the Fashion and Publishing industries. Ali is a new addition to Atlanta, GA and works as an Adjunct Professor of Photography, Art and Design during the year. She also is a Freelance Photographer, www.alipagephotography.com, as well as a mixed media artist combining textile sculptures with photographs www.alioleary.com. Ali shows this artwork at galleries nationally and is passionate about art education and the creative process.
Meet Lynne Eisenstein - Balanced And Centered Kids
We're so grateful to have Lynne join us this summer during our afternoon enrichment program. Lynne first began practicing yoga over 10 years ago to manage the stress of fertility challenges. Now the same principles and practices have come full circle in raising her 3 children. Lynne has always been child focused even prior to having her own family; working as a Camp Director in summer camps (both residential and day) for most of her professional career. Lynne left the camping world to be a full-time Mom in 2011 but wanted to stay professionally connected to kids but on a more flexible schedule. In 2012 Lynne was certified as a Go Grounded Instructor. In 2015 Lynne journeyed to Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas to be certified as an Instructor and Ambassador for the Mini Me Yoga program. Incorporating all the knowledge, experiences and passion for both children & yoga BACK was created! Lynne lives in Sandy Springs with her husband Steven, their 3 children and dog (Teddi).