Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefanie Templeton.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Upon exiting Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, I was hired as the Lower School Art teacher at Viewpoint School in Calabasas where I taught grades 3 – 8 for 15 years. I really grew up there, professionally speaking, spending much of my twenties and all of my thirties teaching 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional art to my students. Throughout the years, I would privately tutor and mentor some of my students through high school as well as put on little interim camps locally within the Calabasas community.
I loved my job. I loved my students but after the birth of my daughter, and my husband’s career taking him out of town almost weekly, I knew it was time for a shift in my priorities and where, when, and with who I spent my days. Frankly, it was at this point that I also realized that I had hit a glass ceiling in my career. Unless a teacher wants to move over to administration, there really isn’t a lot of room to grow and change within the profession. It was time to spread my wings. Having firsthand experience with watching the after-school programs within my own school’s community, coupled with listening to my friends and colleagues with children in these programs, I found that there was a real need for Master teachers to teach dynamic art programs after school. Many of the enrichment teachers are too busy and exhausted from their “day jobs” and don’t have the time or the energy to take on another program after school. Enter me and Little Yellow House Art.
I began with schools that I had personal relationships with. After easing into it with a couple of schools, I began to notice that although these schools have dynamic art programs, many of them are missing 3D and ceramics programs at an elementary level. I incorporated my clay class and it just took off. My classes began filling up and three years later, I have my regular students that come back each term as well as new students trying out clay for the first time.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have spread my wings slowly within this industry, believing that things will organically take shape and that’s what has happened. I have primarily concentrated on providing a top notch after school program one class at a time. It would not benefit me or my students if LYHA grew to too many schools too quickly. It has been a smooth road for the most part. There are some schools that I have reached out to that already have an ongoing after school ceramics or art program and do not want or need another program. When one door closes another opens.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Little Yellow House Art story. Tell us more about the business.
Little Yellow House Art is named for Vincent van Gogh’s little yellow house that he lived in Arles, France. It was later destroyed by a bomb in WWII. We specialize in bringing multi-dimensional art education taught by an experienced master teacher to after school enrichment programs in the LA area. I am so proud of the experience and knowledge in the arts that my students receive in our classes. It is the perfect combination of knowledge, experience. organization, creativity, and fun!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
There was a point earlier in my career where I had hit an all-time low, mentally, and was just really burned out. I don’t think that had to do with bad luck. I think it’s just circumstance. I think it just took me feeling like I was at a dead end with my career and I knew something had to give. With the help of my family and close friends, I was able to reassess my assets, my knowledge of the industry, my relationships, and my reputation to reinvent my career. I am incredibly lucky to have my husband understand what it takes to start a small business and root for me. His success professionally has allowed me to be able to grow my business slowly and steadily while also being able to be the actively participating mother and wife that I need to be to balance my life.
- $25-30 per class per session.
- Website: www.LittleYellowHouseArt.com
- Email: LittleYellowHouseArtClass@gmail.com
- Instagram: @LittleYellowHouseArt
- Facebook: @LittleYellowHouseArtClass