Independent Learning Academy (ILA)
courses taught by Robin Young:
  • Pottery (all grades)

  • Fine Art with the Masters (Primary: 1st-5th grade)

  • Fine Art with the Masters (Intermediate: 6th-12th grade)

Location:

--- ILA San Juan Capistrano (Pottery & Fine Art with the Masters)

--- ILA Carlsbad (Pottery)​

 

To enroll:

Please enroll through the ILA website:

  www.independentlearningacademy.org

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Tuition:

    Due to the smaller class size and the high cost of equipment, glazes, and firings, the cost is $350 per semester for the 60 minute class. The handmade treasures your student will create are priceless, and they will be enjoyed for a lifetime!

 
Charter Schools:
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.
Scholarship Form
If you are able to contribute, then please click on the link below.  Thank you!
ILA 2021-2022 Scholarship Fund 


Private Pay:

   Venmo is accepted @robinyoungpottery. The last 4 digits of the phone # for verification is 6338. I also accept checks in the amount of $350, which may be made payable to Robin Young. Please contact me at robinyoungpottery@gmail.com for a mailing address. 

Deposits and Reserving a Spot:
   There is no required deposit, but please do not “hold” a spot on the roster since other students could have had the place you reserved. If your student’s name is on the roster two weeks before the start of class, then you are committed financially. Thank you for understanding!


Supplies:
   All supplies are provided for this class (clay, tools, glazes, etc). Long hair should be pulled back for safety when using the wheel. We will be outside, so bring a jacket for cool days and a water bottle for hot days.

 

Photographs: 
     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 Lesson Plans, click here. Since many families receive an overwhelming number of emails each week, I will not be sending regular messages, but please contact me if you have questions. You should refer to the lesson plans throughout the year for information on lessons.

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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 and it fills up quickly, 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!

(class size 12 max, all grades)

Pottery

This pottery class features lessons on:

  • Hand-building

  • Wheel-throwing

  • Sculpting

  • Slab rolling

  • Glazing

 
   In addition to the skills above, students in pottery class will learn techniques on the wheel such as “raising and lowering” to center the clay, attaching clay embellishments, and adding texture with stamped designs.

     The first hour of class is instructional with a different project every week, and the last 30 minutes is reserved for two students on the wheel while the others make their own creations. We will use stoneware clay (which is more durable than earthenware), meaning that all projects are microwavable and dishwasher safe.

     Students will be actively working with clay, glazes, buckets of water, sharp tools, and a motorized pottery wheel. Since every child has a different maturity level, I have included younger students, but if your child has difficulty with self-control, then this class may not be a good fit for them until they are older. Thank you for understanding.

    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

  • Hand-built birdhouse

  • Fish, dolphin, and whale sculptures

  • Dog sculpture

  • Hand-built coffee mug

  • Sculpted roses & flowers

  • Bowl from pinch pot

  • Decorative box with lid

  • Cylinder pencil holder

Drawing & Painting:
Fine Art with the masters

(Primary: grades 1-6)

(Intermediate: Grades 7-12)

    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

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Tuition:

 $275 per semester

Supplies:
   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.

Charter Schools:
   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.
Scholarship Form
If you are able to contribute, then please click on the link below.  Thank you!
ILA 2021-2022 Scholarship Fund 


Private Pay:

   Venmo is accepted @robinyoungpottery. The last 4 digits of the phone # for verification is 6338. I also accept checks in the amount of $350, which may be made payable to Robin Young. Please contact me at robinyoungpottery@gmail.com for a mailing address. 

Deposits and Reserving a Spot:
   There is no required deposit, but please do not “hold” a spot on the roster since other students could have had the place you reserved. If your student’s name is on the roster two weeks before the start of class, then you are committed financially. Thank you for understanding!

 

Photographs: 
   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. 

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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 robinyoungpottery@gmail.com