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Pre-College Fine Arts

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Drawing & PaintingIn the Fine Arts Track, you will participate in three core courses, a studio concentration, field trips and a final exhibition. Fine Arts students strengthen technical skills and critical thinking as they learn to develop their own artistic practice.

Concentration (Meets 4 days/week)

Students choose from:

Drawing & Painting
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Download the full descriptions of our concentrations.

Core Courses:

Foundations (Meets 2 days/week)
This course will help you see the world as visual artists do by strengthening your ability to observe, conceptualize and analyze through artmaking.  Emphasis will be placed on the methods, materials, and concepts of surface, space, and time-based art.

Graphic DesignPortfolio Preparation (Meets 2 days/week)
Learn techniques and strategies for building a strong portfolio and gain a distinct advantage when applying for scholarships and admissions into art college. Professional admissions counselors will offer critiques and guide you through the college application process.

Art History (Meets 1 day/week )
In this course you will learn to evaluate, interpret and analyze works and develop a strong vocabulary to talk about art. Slides and group discussions will aid you in this learning process as you study historical and contemporary trends.

Field Trips and Outings (Meets 1 day/week)Zeitgeist Field Trip
Each week you’ll venture off campus to explore Nashville’s vibrant art and design communities. Past outings have included studio visits, museum tours and trips to local galleries for conversations with local artists, designers, curators and dealers.

Final Exhibition/Reception
You’ll gain practical experience planning and installing an exhibition to showcase your work.  Family and friends are invited to Watkins’ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery to celebrate your work at the program’s concluding exhibition and reception.

Gallery Exhibition

As a Fine Arts student you will:

  • Earn college credit
  • Study and apply the principles and elements of art
  • Prepare a first-rate portfolio
  • Spend time in the studio or lab
  • Exhibit your work
  • Explore Nashville’s art scene
  • Discover what it means to be an artist or designer

Pre-College About

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison
Chas Portrait

Self-portrait by Chasmin Foster, 2013

What is Pre-College?

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers highly-motivated high-school students the chance to experience the life and culture of an art college through a three-week intensive summer program. Choose between two tracks of study, Film or Fine Arts. Within those tracks we offer five concentrations–Film Production & Editing, Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Photography.

Dates: July 6-24, 2015
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
We are now accepting 2015 applications!
Download a 2014 Pre-College Brochure now! The 2015 brochure will be available soon, but all information on the website is up-to-date.



2013 Group

2013 Pre-College Participants

Develop your art and hone your skills in a program that will challenge you to:

  • Grow artistically and personally
  • Learn new techniques and media
  • Discover contemporary trends and potential career tracks
  • Study with faculty who are practicing artists, designers and filmmakers
  • Enhance your college portfolio
  • Relate with other students who are inspired by art
  • Earn college credit

Learn more from our 2010 Pre-College participants:

Watkins PreCollegeProgram 2010 from Jayson Wall on Vimeo.


Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

ScholarshipsDownload our Spring 2015 Scholarship Application for youth classes now! Spring applications due February 16, 2015.


Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


High-School Internships

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


Teen InternshipWatkins Community Education wants you to join us as a Multi-Arts Camp Intern! We’re looking for highly motivated high-school JUNIORS or SENIORS 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 break by assisting our professional teaching artists to provide a creative camp experience for kids ages 5-13.

This is an unpaid internship, though participants will gain valuable work experience for their resumé and possibly even letters of recommendation for college!

To Apply: Please complete the following form. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Summer Teen Workshops

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Teen Group PaintingTeens are offered specialized classes that will enhance their college skills and help them explore career options. Teens learn about past and present artists while expanding upon their artistic skills. Emphasis is placed on both the finished product and the process of thinking, designing, communicating and creating. Teen workshops invite high school students to engage in a specific media or project for an intensive 1- or 2-day experience.  Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch.  All art supplies are included. Registration for our 2014 teen workshops is now open.

2014 Teen Workshops

Teen PaintingDates/Times: throughout June, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 14+
1-day workshop: $100
Early bird rate (register by March 3): $90
2-day workshop: $150
Early bird rate (register by March 3): $140

Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6
Sewing Machine Crash Course 
Teaching Artist: Allison Jarrett
If you’ve always wanted to learn to use a sewing machine, you will love this beginner crash course. In this two-day workshop, teens will learn how to thread their sewing machine, make basic stitches, and solve common problems that come up in machine sewing.  Finally, we’ll put the pieces together and make functional bags with a creative twist.

Tuesday, June 10
Self-Publishing Zines
Teaching artist: Amelia Garretson-Persans
From zany photo collages to poetic rants to comic illustrations, anything goes in these do-it-yourself mini-magazines.  Come learn the ins and outs of developing the content, layout, printing, and distribution of your very own zine.

Teen WS - PhotogramTuesday, June 17
Teaching artist: Heather Hilley
Experiment with this alternative process that allows you create photographic images without a camera using found objects placed directly on light-sensitive papers.  Participants will learn how to compose their own photograms and develop them using traditional darkroom processes.

Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19  
Book Arts Sampler 
Teaching artist: Katie Gonzalez
Spend two days learning all about the world of handmade books. You’ll begin by making simple folded books, and then move on to creating sculptural pop-up books and books with interesting sewn bindings that can be used as journals, sketchbooks, or photo albums. You’ll leave this class with your own little library of handmade books, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home.

Monday, June 23  
Layered Image: Mixed Media Painting
Teaching artist: Carmen Mims
Express, experiment, and enjoy the creative options that mixed media painting offers!  Participants will work in acrylics, exploring a variety of painting techniques plus methods for enhancing and layering using found objects, textures, transfers, and text.

Cheekwood Partnership

Andy Warhol FlowersThis summer we are excited to partner with Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art for a special series of two-day silkscreen workshops in conjunction with Andy Warhol’s Flowers exhibition.
Silkscreen Printing with Cheekwood
Section 1: Thursday, June 12, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Cheekwood) and Friday, June 13, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Watkins)
or Section 2: Thursday, June 26, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Cheekwood) and Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Watkins)
$160 (2-day workshop)
Teaching artists: Cheekwood staff and Chris Cheney
Through this interactive workshop, students will first explore the grounds at Cheekwood’s Botanical Garden and meet with staff for an exclusive tour of Andy Warhol’s Flowers exhibition. Day two of the workshop will be spent in the print shop at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film where students will learn the basics of silkscreen printing resulting in hand-printed posters, t-shirts and more.

Teen PrintingBest known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and pop culture, Warhol’s Flowers reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist. At Cheekwood, Warhol’s artificial flower images meet the floral abundance of an actual garden. Andy Warhol’s Flowers will be open June 14-September 7 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Registration now open!

Summer Youth Camps

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Multi-Arts Camps

Our Multi-Arts Camps provide an enriching week for your child to experience the fun, stimulation, and joy of making art and friends in our state-of-the-art studios. Campers will work on age-appropriate projects in a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, collage, printmaking, textiles and more! Multi-Arts Camps are offered without duplication of projects, so campers can enroll in multiple sessions for something new and exciting each week. Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch. All art supplies are included. Register online soon!

Kids CampInformation for 2015 camps will be updated soon. Please refer to last year’s camp information for an idea of how we structure our program.

June 2-6
June 9-13
June 16-20
June 23-27

Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Group A: Ages 5-7
Group B: Ages 8-10

Tuition: $325
Early bird rate (register by March 3): $300
Sibling discount: First child pays full tuition. $25 discount applies to each additional sibling. Enter code “Sibling” at checkout.

Special Topics Camps

Special Topics campers will focus on a specific media, project, or theme throughout the week.  Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch.  All art supplies are included unless otherwise noted. Register online now!

CampersDates and times: Each week in June, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 11+
Tuition: $325
Early bird rate (register by March 3): $300
Sibling discount: First child pays full tuition. $25 discount applies to each additional sibling. Enter code “Sibling” at checkout.

June 2-6
Stop-Motion Animation
Teaching artist: Amelia Garretson-Persans
Bring objects, images, and your own artwork to life through stop-motion animation! You’ll learn how to set up a shoot, photograph a variety of media manipulated in small increments, and pull your images together in a simple editing program to create a YouTube-ready animation.


June 9-13
Teaching artist: Richard Heinsohn
Learn to make your point with single, double and multi-panel comics. We will practice developing and simplifying characters, drawing scenes and finding humor in everyday observations.  Draw, laugh, and share your insights.

June 16-20
Ceramics: Handbuilding and the Wheel
Teaching artist: Doug StevensonSpecial Topics
Spend the day creating unique ceramic pieces using both hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Campers will learn the basic techniques of this ancient medium as well as deeper knowledge of the form through hours of hands-on experience.  Perfect for beginners and as well as experienced artists!

June 23-27
Fiber Arts: Plush Creatures and More!
Teaching artist: Allison Jarrett
Girls and boys alike will have a blast creating stuffed creatures, bags, yarn collages, and other creative fiber art in this camp. Campers will learn and experiment with hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, and more while creating their own unique artwork and functional pieces.

Spring Intersession Camp

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Spring Intersession Multi-Arts Camp

Intersession Camp

2015 Camp Information:

March 18 – 20
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $180

Our Spring Intersession Multi-Arts Camp provides three days for your child to experience the fun, stimulation, and joy of making art and friends in our state-of-the-art studios. Campers will work on age-appropriate projects in a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, collage, printmaking, and more! Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch. All art supplies are included. Register online after November 20, by phone, mail, or in person.

Group A: Ages 5-7
Group B: Ages 8-10
Group C: Ages 11-13

A limited amount of need-based scholarships are available. Spring 2015 Scholarship Application due Monday, February 16, 2014.
Sibling discount:
First child pays full tuition. $25 discount applies to each additional sibling. Enter discount code SIBLING at checkout.

We also have internships available for motivated, high-school students interested in arts education.

Gift Certificates

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Gift CertificatesGift Certificates

Empower your family and friends to embrace their creativity by giving them a gift certificate for a Watkins Community Education class. Great for any occasion and available in any amount! To purchase a gift certificate please contact the Community Education offices at (615) 383-4848 or stop by located in Metro Center, 2298 Rosa Parks. Blvd.


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“Watkins is always a good place to learn and grow.”

“I haven’t taken an art class in years and really enjoyed revisiting my creative side with great people!”

“The class was so much fun and the instructor was great!”

“I simply wish I could have taken the class longer! I look forward to taking the next class at Watkins in the next session.”

“The class was challenging, but easy enough to have fun. I think we were all pleased with what we produced.”

“Weekend options are great for those who have a busy weekday schedule or come from out of town.”


“I loved every part of this camp.”

“Excellent program all around. My son had a fantastic time and learned a lot!”

“My child really liked the stop-motion animation during the spring intersession!”

“The times were convenient. My older child did well with the 7 hour day.”