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Get Involved

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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Interested in volunteering with Watkins Community Education? Contact us at 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. Our teacher programs are funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Upcoming Programs:

Paper or Plastic: Using Recycled Materials in the Art Classroom
Offered in Partnership with Turnip Green Creative Reuse
Friday, January 30, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Free, with lunch provided.

Offered in partnership with Turnip Green Creative Reuse & funded in part by The Tennessee Arts Commission



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Watkins understands that with increasingly limited budgets, educators need to get creative with supplies. That’s why we are partnering with Turnip Green Creative Reuse to offer a program focused on reusing materials in K-12 art classes. Watkins teaching artists, Katie Gonzalez and Meredith Eastburn, will showcase reuse methods through two hands-on workshops: book arts and sculptural installations. Along with gaining curricular knowledge, educators will also get valuable time to make individual and collaborative work. During the program’s lunch break, Watkins will host a small resource fair concentrating on environmentally sound products and practices to aid teachers in learning more about local resources. Workshop space is limited.

During this program teachers will take the following workshops:

FrenchLinkCreating handbound sketchbooks from recycled papers
Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for binding two types of books, plus creative ways to fill their sketchbooks both inside and out. The first book we’ll make is a quick and easy pamphlet stitch book. The second book will be bound with the French link stitch, a method of binding that features exposed crisscross stitching on the spine of the book, allowing you to see and show off your handiwork. These books will be made entirely from reused paper, such as maps, wallpaper samples, vintage book pages, and more. Then, through a series of prompts and activities, participants will transform their blank books into works of art using pencil, ink, paint, found objects, and collage.You will leave the class with two completed handbound books, inspiration to continue exploring and documenting the world in your new sketchbooks, and the skills to incorporate these ideas into your classroom. No bookbinding experience required. All tools and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any recycled papers that you might want to incorporate into your books.

Creating sculptures and installations with reused materialsPlasticBagInstallation

Artists often work with found objects and reused materials both out of necessity and out of conceptual concern. This workshop will address both motivations. Whether you find yourself needing to get creative with a limited supplies budget or are inviting your students to explore themes of identity, consumption, environmental issues, social inequities, or public/private spaces, this workshop will give you the chance to experiment with repurposed materials in both sculptures and installations. You will invent an accolade for an unsung hero and create a trash trophy — a project rich with opportunities for character education and social justice connections. Then you will collaborate with fellow participants on a plastic bag installation with particular consideration for process and form. You will leave this workshop with ideas for using free/found materials in new ways, tools for connecting these materials to broader themes with your students, and inspiration for your own creative and teaching practice.

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. 5 will be held October 3, 2015. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ poems, prints and art books as well as books created through Bound Together, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations like: The Looby Community Center, Casa Azafran, FiftyForward Bordeaux, Oasis Center, and Catholic Charities Elder Refugees. Bound Together showcases handmade books inspired by the many definitions of family: those you’re born in, those you create and those who simply find you. All workshops will take place in August and September of 2015. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Mary Beth Harding, Director of Community Education at

Call for Artists

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our Bound Together 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 collage artwork based on the concept of family and its many interpretations. Local book artists, writers, and other artists 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 or artwork based on family (interpretation is very open). All participants will be honored in the exhibition opening and reception on October 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Works of art will be returned after the exhibition’s run.

Interested parties must submit their artwork by September 21 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

Bound Together is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 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

Community Education Upcoming Events:

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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

Download the 2015 Pre-College Application now!Pre-College Apply

Important Deadlines
April 24 
  Application and scholarship deadlines (materials must be in our office by that date; this is NOT a post-mark date)
May 15    Acceptance notifications sent to applicants
May 22    $300 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot
June 12   Payment-in-full due
July 6      Classes begin
July 24    Last day of class, final exhibition/screening


Pre-College Program Details

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Pre-CollegeDATES: July 6-24, 2015. 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 Fine Arts students should bring their own portfolio. 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 2014 income tax return with your 2015 application. No additional application is necessary. The scholarship deadline is the same as the application deadline, April 24, 2015. 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 12th.

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 “The Lonely Life of John Holloway” was accepted into the 2015 Nashville Film Festival!