Description of Pottery Class:
This class focuses on hand-building, sculpting, and “throwing” on the potter's wheel with clay. The student will learn to sculpt projects like fish, dolphins, whales, dogs, and elephants. They will also learn to hand-build projects like mugs, roses, cereal bowls, flower vases, pencil holders, jewelry dishes, and birdhouses. This is an authentic ceramics class with real clay (not polymer) and there will be instruction in professional techniques. Two projects will be completed per class, including a sculpted, hand-built or a wheel-thrown piece. You will be amazed at what your students will create! See example photos in the gallery. The completed projects will be enjoyed by your family for years to come.
The student will learn techniques on the wheel like “raising and lowering” to center the clay, attaching clay embellishments, and adding texture with stamped designs. The first 20 -30 min. of class is instructional with a different project every week, and the remainder of the class is reserved for two students on the wheel while the others work independently.
Students may create their own clay project after completing the weekly assignment in class, and every student will have an opportunity on the wheel at least three times each semester. All projects are non-toxic, microwavable and dishwasher safe. Stoneware clay is used which is more durable than earthenware, and you may learn more about the process of creating, firing, and glazing pottery by requesting more information.
If your student has been enrolled in this class in the past they may repeat similar projects, but I will add a more advanced technique for them. For example, adding a bird to the back of a giraffe, or building a taller coil pot with a flower on the side. Artists often repeat the same or similar works of art. There are 30 different versions of the Edgar Degas’ “Little Dancer” sculpture which is why you may see the original in more than one museum. All of them are originals with slight differences in each sculpture.
Age Requirement - 7+
There is a mix of ages in each class, but please do not enroll your child if they are younger than age 7 or if they need individual attention. Students need to be ready developmentally and have the fine motor skills or attention span needed for this type of class. Sharp tools, a motorized wheel, and expensive glazes are used, so this class is not for those who lack self-control. There is about 20 - 30 min. of focused instruction and 60 min. of working independently while I teach individual lessons on the wheel. I will let you know if I find that your child needs to wait a year or two. Please don't take it personally!
Supplies and safety
All supplies are provided (clay, tools, glazes, etc). Long hair should be pulled back for safety when using the wheel. We will be in the garage studio, so bring a jacket for cool days and a water bottle for warm days.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with dates requested, the student's name, age, and your cell number.
The address of my home studio will be sent upon enrollment.
Please view the schedule below for details regarding the class times and tuition.
Please email your charter school PO# to email@example.com
For private pay, Venmo @robinyoungpottery
The last 4 digits of my phone are 6338 for verification.
A non-refundable deposit of the first months tuition is due at the time of enrollment to hold your place.
The various art projects students create in class are special handmade treasures that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Since classes are small, individual attention is given to challenge advanced students and to help beginners build confidence.
--- Private home studio in Laguna Niguel, Orange County
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Please send an email with dates requested, student's name, age, and your cell number for emergencies to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (949) 354-2271
Drawing & Painting
The Pottery class focuses on:
Pottery takes two weeks to dry, and then it is fired, glazed, and fired a second time. The entire process takes four weeks to complete. Projects created on the final day of class will be dip-glazed and may be picked up at a later date.
Below are a few of the projects we may create. Artists often create more than one version of the same subject, either altering or embellishing the piece to make it unique. Students who have taken this class previously will not be repeating lessons and will be challenged to add to their existing knowledge and skills.
Pottery Projects include:
Wheel-thrown cups, bowls, vases, and mugs
Fish, dolphin, and whale sculptures
Hand-built coffee mug
Sculpted roses & flowers
Bowl from pinch pot
Decorative box with lid
Cylinder pencil holder
The Drawing & Painting Class focuses on:
The Elements of Art, including Color Theory (line, color, shape, form, space, value, and texture)
The Principles of Design (balance, unity, movement, pattern, repetition, emphasis, and contrast)
Techniques of master artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and Matisse
The various styles and influence of Master Artists such as:
Paul Cezanne - Study of color scheme; drawing with foreground, background & middle ground; and using value for the illusion of a light source in still life fruit painting Apples and Cakes
Leonardo da Vinci - Study of perspective in The Last Supper
Claude Monet - Study of Impressionism in Waterlilies
Vermeer - Study of light and dark (Value) in Girl with a Pearl Earring
Gustav Klimt - Study of symbols and patterns in Woman in Gold
Georgia O’Keeffe - Study of color and design in Oriental Poppies
Class size is limited to 6 students.
Complete payment (or a PO #) is required the first week of every month.
Charter funds and Venmo payments are accepted at my home studio