Location:

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

--- ILA Carlsbad (Pottery)

Vendor approved by:

  • Citrus Springs

  • Compass

  • Community Collaborative

  • Dehesa / Dimensions

  • Element

  • Elite Academy

  • Empire Springs

  • Excel Academy

  • iLead

  • Inspire

  • Method

  • Momentum

  • National University Academy (NUA)

  • River Springs

  • Sage Oak

  • Sky Mountain

  • Springs

 (available to apply to other vendors upon request)

 

To enroll:

Please send an email with dates requested, student's name, age, and your cell number for emergencies to robinyoungpottery@gmail.com, or call (949) 354-2271  

Creative Writing

     We are currently meeting on Zoom until we can meet in person again, and it has worked out really well! The goal of this course is to build a community of creative writers, so this is not an English Composition class.  Each student will gain confidence in their writing abilities as they learn to use their own unique, individual voice in becoming an excellent writer.  We will embrace all styles of fiction and nonfiction, with practice writing in genres like straight, humorous, lyrical poetry, and more. Students will use figurative language tools to improve their writing skills, such as personification (e.g. “the wind howled”) to make their story more interesting to a reader.  
     The student will learn to write memoirs, personal essays, blogs, novellas, short stories, and magazine/newspaper articles. They will study the writing process of pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and publishing. Although it may take several months (or even years) to actually complete a novel, the student will begin the process. They will develop characters, write dialogue, build settings, hatch plots, show rising action, falling action, and resolution. Every student has a unique personal story or experience, and it is important they learn to write it in a way that is interesting to readers. 
    Writing topics will range from childhood memories to travel adventures (real or fiction), to hobbies, and more. There are no mistakes, only opportunities for learning. Students are encouraged, but not required, to share their writing with the class or “writing club” members, and they will give and receive suggestions from others. Only uplifting and constructive comments are allowed, and students should try to refrain from being sensitive to receiving input from the teacher or from fellow students since we are all trying to help each other improve as writers. A good writer is always writing and always seeking new ideas.

(grades 5-12)

Tuition:

$350 per semester

 

All charter schools (except Inspire), please request a monthly PO of:

  • $70/mo for 5 months ($350) for Sep - Jan, 1st semester 

  • $70/mo for 5 months ($350) for Feb - June, 2nd semester


Inspire students: Please request a PO for the total amount since they do not require classes to be complete before paying.
Private pay:
Please make check payable to Robin Young and email robinyoungpottery@gmail.com for address. Venmo is also accepted. Thank you!

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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

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Tuition:

    Due to the smaller class size and the high cost of equipment, glazes, and firings, the cost is $425 per semester for the 1.5 hour class. The handmade treasures your student will create are priceless, and they will be enjoyed for a lifetime!

All charter schools (except Inspire), please request a monthly PO of:

  • $85/mo for 5 months ($425) for Sep - Jan, 1st semester 

  • $85/mo for 5 months ($425) for Feb - June, 2nd semester

 
Inspire students: Please request a PO for the total amount since they do not require classes to be complete before paying.
Private pay: Please make check payable to Robin Young and
 email robinyoungpottery@gmail.com for address. Venmo is also accepted. Thank you!

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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!

For a sample lesson plan, please contact me at robinyoungpottery@gmail.com

(class size 12 max, all grades)

Pottery

This pottery class features lessons on:

  • Hand-building

  • Wheel-throwing

  • Sculpting

  • Slab rolling

  • Glazing

 
    We are currently meeting on Zoom until we can meet in person again, and it has worked out really well! I deliver the clay and pick up the projects to be fired every few weeks. 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. This will be a virtual experience on Zoom until we can meet in person, and everyone will get to “experience” the wheel once every few weeks.

     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.

     When meeting in person, 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)

    We are currently meeting on Zoom until we can meet in person again, and it has worked out really well! I order the supplies online to be delivered directly to your home (included in tuition). 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 1.5 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:

 $350 per semester
 
All charter schools (except Inspire), please request a monthly PO of:

  • $70/mo for 5 months ($350) for Sep - Jan, 1st semester 

  • $70/mo for 5 months ($350) for Feb - June, 2nd semester


Inspire students: Please request a PO for the total amount since they do not require classes to be complete before paying.
Private pay: Please make check payable to Robin Young and email robinyoungpottery@gmail.com for address. Venmo is also accepted. Thank you!

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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

Independent Learning Academy (ILA)
courses taught by Robin Young:
  • Creative Writing (5th-8th grade)

  • Pottery (all grades)

  • Fine Art with the Masters (Primary: 1st-6th grade)

  • Fine Art with the Masters (Intermediate: 7th-12th grade)