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Get Involved

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Kid's Camp



Watkins Community Education wants you to join us as a Summer Programs Intern! We are looking for highly motivated high-school and college students who:

  • Love making art
  • Have experience working with kids (babysitting, helping younger siblings, previous work or volunteer experience, etc.)
  • Are responsible, personable, positive, and proactive.
  • Want to gain work experience for their college resume.
  • Want to get the most out of their summer by assisting our professional teaching artists in providing a creative camp experience for kids ages 5-13.

This is a competitive, unpaid internship, where participants will gain valuable work experience for their resume and possibly even letters of recommendation for college!

Summer Camp Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

To Apply: Application for summer 2017 is now closed. Applications for next summer will open up January 1, 2018.



Each year talented and motivated local youth apply for scholarships to cover the costs of our camps. Limited scholarship funds prevent many students from attending our programs. Please consider helping by becoming a sponsor or community partner.

Download our 2016 Sponsorship Packet for more information on how you can help a creative child today!

Visiting Artists Series

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Visiting Artists Series

Open Houses

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Open Houses

Teacher Programs

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Our teacher programs provide professional development opportunities for K-12 art educators to engage in hands-on artmaking activities and develop strategies for incorporating thematic and contemporary ideas, projects, and techniques into curricula. These programs are a chance for educators to rejuvenate their creative juices in a community of peers while developing new skills for themselves and ideas for the classroom.

Upcoming Programs:


Hands at Work : Photography Professional Development Workshop

Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
Friday, October 6, 9am-4pm
Location: Cheekwood in the morning, Watkins in the afternoon
Free with lunch included
Watkins College of Art and Cheekwood Estate and Gardens co-host this one day teacher workshop inspired by Hands at Work, an exhibition offering ‘a heartfelt insight into the enduring satisfaction of work that relies on the tactile experience of using one’s hands.’

Spend the first half of the day at Cheekwood touring the exhibition and creating cyanotypes; then, finish the day at Watkins, photographing on paper negatives and exploring a modern twist on tintypes. This workshop is perfect for teachers interested in incorporating an alternative approach to historic photographic processes into the classroom.

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Embroidery 101

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
Friday, October 27th, 9am-4pm
Location: Watkins
Free with lunch included
Embroidery and other traditional, decorative fiber arts are finding their way to mainstream fashion, into art galleries, and now into your classroom! During this workshop, teachers will learn a brief history of embroidery, basic embroidery skills, and how to adapt these skills to a classroom setting for children of all ages.

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SES Through Recycled Self-Portraits

Teaching Artist: Dee Kimbrell
Friday, November 3rd, 9am-4pm
Location: Watkins
Free with lunch included
Social Emotional Skills are said to be the most important skill for student’s future success. Teachers will experience how to connect this artistic activity to teach social emotional skills for students of various ages and ability ranges in a way that is economical and non-intimidating. Teachers will leave with a flexible lesson plan that can apply to various age groups and subject matters.

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Large Scale Embroidery

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
Friday, November 17th, 9am-4pm
Location: Watkins
Free with lunch included
Embroidery isn’t just for small, personal projects, it can also be for large-scale projects created by multiple artists! This workshop will introduce basic embroidery techniques that can translate to large-scale classroom projects for children of all ages. Teachers will create a collaborative embroidery piece using yarn and burlap will also learn how to create large-scale embroidery pieces using yarn, fabric scraps, and unconventional mediums like chain link fences and pegboards.

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Suminagashi Paper Marbling & Book Binding

Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Friday, March 9th, 9am-4pm
Location: Watkins
Free with lunch included
Create a hand-bound book from papers decorated using the meditative method of suminagashi marbling. Dating back some 800 years, this Japanese technique floats ink pigments atop a liquid bath. With gentle manipulations — such as blowing across the surface of the water — and a good deal of spontaneity, patterns form and are transferred to paper. In this one-day workshop, you’ll leave with inspiration for your own art, and tons of ideas for classroom projects and adaptations for students.

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Woven Collage

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
Friday, April 13th, 9am-4pm
Location: Watkins
Free with lunch included
Memory, storytelling, and collage are woven together in this teacher workshop designed to break down barriers between artistic mediums. Teachers will experiment with collage, weaving, embroidery and hand-written essays to create woven collages inspired by writing prompts. Teachers are welcome to bring collage materials they are interested in using, including photographs and other paper ephemera that may be scanned and printed during the workshop.

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What Teachers are Saying About Us:

“Thank you for all that you have provided!  I love these opportunities at Watkins.  I always feel so welcomed and warm, and the programs are always really wonderful.”
“Interactive, fun, thought-provoking!”
“Very applicable to my classroom and school.  Very inspirational!”
“Love this program!  Very well done — cannot wait to attend again.”

Handmade & Bound Nashville

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and prints. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations. Admission is free and open for all ages.

Make sure to check out the Handmade & Bound Nashville blog and Facebook page to stay updated on all festival news! Save the Date: Handmade & Bound, 6th edition, will be held October 1, 2016! To register as a vendor at the Handmade & Bound Nashville festival you can fill out our application form on our website at The deadline for vendor registration is August 30, 2016.

The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature prints, poems, and artist books created by local artists as well as books created through Stitches + Stories, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. Stitches + Stories will showcase handmade books inspired by the healing power of art and storytelling. All workshops will take place in August and September of 2016. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Watkins Community Education at


Handmade & Bound Nashville is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and is funded in part by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Community Education Upcoming Events

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Read more about Handmade and Bound 2017 here!

Handmade And Bound - Watkins College of Art

Pre-College Contact Us

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

PCStudentContact Information:

Pre-College Program
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 615-383-4848
Fax: 615-383-4849

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Pre-College Application

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Pre-College Apply

Apply Online


Pre-College Application Checklist 

– Online application form
– 250-word personal statement of why you want to attend the Pre-College Program
– Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor
– Images of 5 10 10 original works of art
– $35 application fee

If applying for a scholarship please also provide:
– Most recent parent tax return

Applications will not be considered complete until all of the above information has been received. Only completed applications will be considered.

Important Deadlines for 2018

March 1: Application deadline for scholarship consideration
April 1: Regular application deadline
April 15: $300 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot
May 1: Payment-in-full due
July 8: Orientation
July 9:
Classes begin
July 20: Last day of class, film screening and exhibition reception


Pre-College Program Details

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Pre-CollegeDATES: July 8 – 20, 2017.

JOIN US: If you are a rising sophomore, junior or senior high school student and you are between the ages of 15-18.

SUPPLIES: Supplies are included, but students are encouraged to bring outside work for their portfolio reviews.

FACULTY: Our teaching staff includes local artists, professionals, educators, and college faculty.

Watkins Building

GRADES/CREDIT: Credit for 1 General Education Course (or the equivalent of 3 college credits at most colleges/universities on the semester system) will be awarded for successful completion of the program. Grades will be determined by quizzes, projects and writing assignments.

TUITION/FEES: 2018 tuition to be determined.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships are available for the Pre-College Program through a generous grant from The Memorial Foundation. To apply for a scholarship, please provide a copy of the most recent parent income tax return with your application. No additional application is necessary. The scholarship deadline is the same as the application deadline, March 1, 2018. Applicants should contact the Admissions office for more details at (615) 383-4848.

REFUND POLICY:  Deposit is non-refundable. No refunds will be given after final payment deadline of May 1, 2018.

Exhibition PrepEARN A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP: If you successfully complete the Pre-College Program and decide to enroll at Watkins, you are eligible for a $4,000 tuition scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded over eight semesters if you maintain a 3.0 GPA. The annual amount will be equally divided between the fall and spring semesters and is based on full-time registration of 12 or more credits per semester. If a student registers for less than 12 credits in a semester, the amount will be pro-rated accordingly.

Pre-College Film

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

PC FIlmPre-College Film Track

Film Production
Film students will learn about techniques, processes, film history, language and storytelling. Professionals with real-world experience will share insights on artistic, technical and business aspects of filmmaking. You will use digital video cameras, lighting and other professional production equipment and work with classmates to create a short-length film.

Film Editing
Explore the post-production phase of filmmaking and concentrate on the editing process. Working in Final Cut Pro, the program used by professional filmmakers, you will learn the overall workflow and fundamental techniques of editing.

During Pre-College you will:

  • Handle professional cameras and equipment
  • Use script-writing software
  • Cast live actors
  • Produce a short film that will be submitted to the Nashville Film Festival

    Movie Poster by Emma Forrest

    2013 poster for screening

  • Be introduced to the Macintosh operating system and Final Cut Pro editing software
  • Learn terminology for editing video and sound
  • Fix problems with footage through color correction and motion parameters
  • Manipulate audio and video with effects and filters
  • Customize projects by adding text and graphics
  • Export finalized projects for internet uploading and DVD burning
  • Learn tips for applying to film school.

All Film students will take Film History classes and have the chance to participate in field trips.

Congratulations to the 2014 Film students whose film “The Lonely Life of John Holloway” was accepted into the 2015 Nashville Film Festival!