Home studio - Laguna Niguel
(address will be sent upon enrollment)
Teacher: Robin Young, MAEd
Tues, Wed, and Fri
(Mon and Thurs are reserved for ILA classes)
Classes meet weekly
9:30 - 11:00, 11:15-12:45, 1:00 - 2:30
The Art with the Masters drawing and painting class is available for groups of 6 or more. let me know if you're interested.
Fall Semester: Sep 13 - Jan 27
Spring Semester: Jan 31 - June 2
No class on the following dates:
Tuition (16-week semester enrollment)
$540 per 16-week semester payable monthly @ $135/mo for 4 months
This class is a year-long commitment and you will be automatically enrolled for the 2nd semester, but please let me know early if your plans change
New students may join at any time. Tuition will be prorated.
Individual classes may be purchased at $35 per class if space is available
Missed classes may be made up or credit may be rolled over to summer classes.
*Please pay by the 1st day of every month or provide a PO to avoid a $20 late fee. Thank you!
The expense of pottery equipment and supplies such as clay, glazes, sculpting tools, a kiln, pottery wheels, a slab roller, and firings is reflected in the cost, but the handmade treasures created are priceless!
For payment options, click here.
Charter funds are accepted at my home studio. Please request four POs each semester so that I may be paid monthly. See below.
2nd Semester tuition
Contact me at email@example.com to reserve your place. Be sure to send me your cell number in case I need to reach you during class.
Description of 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 wheel-thrown piece. You will be amazed at what your students will create! See example pics below. 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 last 30 minutes are 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 clicking here.
If your student has been enrolled in this class before, then they will be repeating some of the same projects, but they may alter the piece to make it more creative and advanced. 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 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.
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 lots of attention. Some children are not ready developmentally and don’t 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 min of focused instruction and 30 - 40 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!
Private Classes: Click here for more info and a schedule of availability.
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.
Deposits and Reserving a Spot
Please submit a copy of the Purchase Order at least two weeks prior to the start of class. For private pay, there is a non-refundable deposit of the first month’s tuition ($135) required at least two weeks before the start of the semester. This can be made either through private pay or by sending a copy of the purchase order to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If a purchase order is canceled, then you remain financially responsible.
Duration of Class
This is a year-long class, and enrollment for the next semester is automatic. The 2nd semester will have completely new projects so it's fine for new students to enroll if space is available. If your plans change and you decide not to return for the 2nd semester, then please let me know as soon as possible to avoid taking the place of another student. Thank you!
Class Photos and Videos
Pictures of the students will be taken during class to show what they are learning, and a link to the photos will be sent to you. If I have accidentally missed your child, or if you do not want pictures or videos taken, then please let me know.
Syllabus and Lesson Plans
For a link to the syllabus and lesson plans, click here. Since many families receive an overwhelming number of emails each week, I will not be sending regular messages, but please get in touch with me at email@example.com if you have questions. For information, you should refer to this link to lesson plans throughout the year. It is a live document that is updated if something changes.
For sample lessons, see below.
Sample Pottery Lessons
Coil pot with swirls
Centering the clay and “throwing” a pot on the wheel
Wheel-thrown mug with handle
Lesson plans for use only by paid students of Robin Young
This class will focus on the study of master artists, and we will use their work as our inspiration. I have increased this to a hour class since art takes time! Students will be actively learning how to mix colors and use a variety of mediums to create their own personal masterpiece. (If your child has difficulty with self-control in using paints and other art supplies, then this class may not be a good fit for them).
Each student will learn techniques to "paint-in-the-style-of” famous artists while also creating their own personal style. Some of the artists we may study include Vincent van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Matisse, Cassatt, Monet and more. For those who have taken this class in the past, we may study a few of the same artists, but the projects will be new.
These learned skills, plus individual creativity, enable the student artist to create a quality work of fine art that will be enjoyed for years to come.
The Drawing & Painting Classes feature lessons on:
The Elements of Art (line, color, shape, form, space, value, and texture) including Color Theory
The Principles of Design (balance, unity, movement, pattern, repetition, emphasis, and contrast)
Viewing their subjects as geometric shapes that gradually come together
The various styles, techniques, 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
$280 per semester
I will provide all supplies needed (listed here). Students may choose to bring their own personal sketch pad (optional), any size, and an apron for those who are messy artists like me! Also, please bring a water bottle.
I have received emails from several charter schools stating that charter funds may no longer be used at ILA. If you need help covering the cost of tuition, then click on the link to apply for an ILA scholarship.
If you are able to contribute, then please click on the link below. Thank you!
ILA 2021-2022 Scholarship Fund
Venmo is accepted @robinyoungpottery. The last 4 digits of the phone # for verification is 6338. I also accept checks made payable to Robin Young. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a mailing address.
Pictures of the students will be taken with the finished artwork for your records. An updated link to the photos will be sent periodically. If you do not want your child’s picture taken, then please let me know.
Syllabus and Lesson Plans:
For a link to the syllabus and copyrighted lesson plans, click here. Please refer to the lesson plans throughout the year for information on class assignments. Since many families receive an overwhelming number of emails each week, I will not be sending regular messages, but feel free to contact me if you have questions.
This is a year-long class, and students will be automatically enrolled in the second semester unless other arrangements are made. Since there are limited spaces in the class, please release your saved spot if your plans change in order to keep from taking the place of another student. Thank you for your consideration!
For a sample lesson plan, please contact me at email@example.com