Fine Arts with the Masters

1st - 6th
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Course Description

     This class will meet in-person and will also be live-streamed and recorded through the new ILA Learning Management System (LMS). These options are provided so that your student can learn from home if you are not yet comfortable with meeting in-person, and you are welcome to alternate between options every week. 

    The focus is on the study of master artists and the impact they had on the art world. We will use their work as our inspiration, and students will be actively learning how to mix colors and use a variety of mediums to create their own personal masterpiece. 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, and Monet. 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.
     The student will practice techniques like viewing their subject as geometric shapes that gradually come together in the process of creating a work of art, and they will learn to use the Elements of Art (line, color, shape, form, space, value, and texture).  There is an emphasis on value (lightness and darkness of colors) to create the illusion of a light source. 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.

For a sample lesson plan, please see Lesson 4 at the bottom of this page.
For photos of projects, visit
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! 
Charter funds accepted: Yes. (See a list of approved schools below)
$350 per semester
All charter schools (except Inspire), please request a monthly PO of:
$87.50/mo for 4 months ($350) for Sep - Jan, 1st semester 
$87.50/mo for 4 months ($350) for Feb - May, 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 a check payable to Robin Young and contact for a mailing address. Venmo is also accepted @robinyoungpottery.     
Thank you!
Robin Young
Classes available:
  • Creative Writing
  • Fine Art with the Masters (Drawing & Painting)
  • Pottery - Carlsbad Campus and Zoom Classes
List of Approved Charter Schools (I will apply to others upon request):
Cabrillo Point Academy
Citrus Springs
Community Collaborative
Dehesa / Dimensions
Elite Academy
Empire Springs
Excel Academy
Granite Mountain
National University Academy (NUA)
Pacific Coast Academy
River Springs
Sage Oak
Scale Academy
Sky Mountain

*Some of the artists we may study

  • van Gogh
  • Picasso
  • Degas
  • Matisse
  • Cezanne
  • da Vinci
  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Klimt
  • O’Keeffe
  • Renoir
  • Michelangelo
  • Pissarro
  • Seurat
  • Raphael
  • Modigliani
  • Kahlo
  • Rivera
  • Dali
  • Kandinsky
  • Pollock
  • Millet

*For those who have already taken this class, the art projects will be new, but we may study a few of the same artists.  I look forward to having you in class again!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sample Lesson Plan:
Lesson 4 (Second Semester): Leonardo da Vinci Study of One-point Perspective 
     In the painting below, The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, notice how everything is aligned with the head of Jesus in one-point perspective.  The “one-point” is the dot on the horizon line behind His head, and it could be symbolism used by the artist to represent Jesus as the center of everything. The dot on the horizon is also called the “vanishing point” because of the illusion of objects becoming smaller and smaller into the distance until they can no longer be seen.
      The disciples are in groups of three, and this demonstrates the Principle of design called Balance where subjects are grouped in odd numbers (until you reach double digits). For example, two roses in a vase appear to be out of balance, but three appear to be balanced. Leonardo used a “Triad Color Scheme” of muted shades of the three primary colors: red/yellow/blue.
     The Last Supper is actually a large mural (29’ x 15’) painted by Leonardo on the wall of a Convent in Milan, Italy. You can see a door in the lower middle of the painting where an entrance was made to another room when the building was being remodeled. In this painting, Leonardo experimented with a fresco-type application. For the Fresco technique, normally a dry-powder pigment is mixed with wet plaster before being applied to the wall. This technique requires the artist to work quickly before the plaster dries, and Leonardo experimented with slowing the process by using tempera and gesso as his medium instead. This caused the mural to crumble over time, and most of the painting of The Last Supper has been destroyed because of war and deterioration. Thankfully, we have photographs of the original, and restorations are continually being made to preserve the masterpiece.      

Biography: Click here

Style/Period: Realism/Renaissance

Vocabulary: One-point perspective, vanishing point, horizon line, triad color scheme, illusion, fresco, medium, mural, symbolism, balance.

Art terms and definitions: Click here
The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci, 1495 - 1498
Vincent Van Gogh also used a one-point perspective when he painted his bedroom in Arles in 1889.

Vincent van Gogh, Vincent's Bedroom In Arles, 1889
The blue circle in the center marks the vanishing point, the red line marks the horizon line, and the blue lines mark the parallel lines which radiate from the vanishing point.

Project: Draw Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom using a one-point perspective.
Project: Draw and paint a street lined with buildings and trees using one-point perspective. 

For trees and city buildings instructions: Click here.

Lesson plans for use only by paid students of Robin Young 



Class Type
12:30 pm - 02:00 pm
Orange County Campus
M 103
1st - 6th
Tuition Amount
$ 350.00 USD /term
Material Fee
$ 0.00 USD /term
Accepts Charters
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