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Get Involved

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Kid's CampVolunteer

Interested in volunteering with Watkins Community Education? Contact us at [email protected] for more information!


There are plenty of opportunities to sponsor a young artist in one of our camps or workshops. Download our Sponsorship Packet to help a creative child!

Thank you to the following sponsors for their donations:

Community Partners

Kathyrn Price

Future Artists Sponsors

Major Sponsor

Visiting Artists Series

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Visiting Artists Series

Open Houses

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Open Houses

Teacher Programs

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Teacher ProgramOur 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 art-driven 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 art skills for themselves and ideas for the classroom.

Upcoming Program:

FULL!! For information about a wait list please email Karen Kwarciak at [email protected].

Carving and Clay: Exploring the Work of William Edmondson and Friends
Friday, November 7
9:00am – 4:00pm
Teaching Artist: Jammie Williams
$15 for Cheekwood Members, $20 for non-members
To register please visit Cheekwood’s website.

Jammie Williams Teaching Cheekwood and Watkins  have partnered to offer a workshop that will introduce educators to William Edmondson & his unique sculptural techniques. The morning session will take place at Cheekwood, with a gallery tour of William Edmondson and Friends, featuring works created by William Edmondson, Olen Bryant, Alan Lequire, Greg Ridley and many more. In the afternoon, educators will travel to Watkins. Utilizing clay, wax, crea-stone, and a variety of carving tools, educators will create their own sculptures with local artist, Jammie Williams.

 Scholarships are available for teachers interested in attending this workshop. For more information or to apply, please email [email protected].


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&BoundHandmade & 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! Handmade & Bound, Issue No. 4 will be held October 4, 2014. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ poems, prints and art books as well as books created through Poetry & Prints, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. For more information on how to get involved with these workshops please email [email protected]

Call for Artists

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our “Poetry & Prints” exhibition. A bulk of the artwork will be created during a series of collaborative workshops with various local groups in which participants will create an artist book filled with original poetry and monoprints. Local book artists, writers, and printmakers are invited to submit their own artwork to highlight the importance of these artistic forms in a creative life. Work can be individual pieces or artists’ books including all three–interpretation is very open. All participants will be honored in the exhibition opening and reception on October 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Interested parties must submit their artwork by September 22 to the following address:

Watkins Community Education
2298 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228

Please include artist name, telephone number, email address and return address.

Questions? Call or email Mary Beth Harding, Director of Community Education , at (615) 277-7456 or [email protected].

Poetry & Printmaking is funded in part by a MetroArts ArtsAccess Grant. Handmade & Bound 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

Community Education Upcoming Events

handmadebound2014Handmade & Bound

A family-friendly, FREE marketplace of vendors, demonstrations, food trucks, an exhibition and more! Learn more on the adjacent tab or on the Handmade & Bound blog!

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

Email: [email protected]
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Pre-College Application

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Pre-College ApplyDownload the 2014 Pre-College Application now!

Important Deadlines
April 25 
  Application and scholarship deadlines (materials must be in our office by that date; this is NOT a post-mark date)
PLEASE NOTE:  We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis.
May 16    Acceptance notifications sent to applicants
May 23    $300 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot
June 13   Payment-in-full due
July 7      Classes begin
July 25    Last day of class, final exhibition/screening


Pre-College Program Details

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Pre-CollegeDATES: July 7-25, 2014. The Pre-College Program meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm for three consecutive weeks.

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

SUPPLIES: Supplies are included, but bring your own sketchbook. Photography students will need their own digital camera, USB cord, and portable hard drive.

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

Watkins BuildingHOUSING: Watkins does not offer an on-campus housing option at this time.

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: $1550. Includes materials, T-shirt and transportation for special events.

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 additional brief explanation of financial need and reasons for seeking a scholarship with a 2013 income tax return with your 2014 Pre-College Application. No additional application is necessary. The scholarship deadline is the same as the application deadline, April 25, 2014. Applicants should contact the Community Education office for more details at (615) 383-4848.

REFUND POLICY:  Sorry, no refunds will be given after final payment deadline of June 13th.

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.