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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

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 1 day/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 2 days/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

Pre-College 2015 film students working on production

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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 two-week intensive summer program. Meet practicing artists and learn from Watkins faculty while creating a college portfolio and earning college credit.

Dates: July 8 – 20, 2018

Important Deadlines

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 and exhibition


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

2013 Group

2013 Pre-College Participants

  • 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


Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Scholarships are provided by the generous support of The Memorial Foundation and The Advance Financial Foundation.





Students may receive a full or partial scholarship for a camp during the 2017 Young Artist Program at Watkins College of Art. Founded in 1885, Watkins has a proud tradition as an innovative center of education and community service in the arts. The Community Education staff is dedicated to continuing that legacy by providing the finest studio art instructional experiences to all students.


The Young Artists Program provides art-making experiences that engage and inspire youth and teens, ages 5 – 13, to find their inner artist. Programs take place in the college’s studios and utilize professional equipment and materials. The fundamentals of art are taught while individual creativity and self-expression are encouraged.


The deadline for applications, including letters of recommendations and samples of student artwork is May 20, 2017.


Students, ages 5 -13, with artistic talent, whose financial situation might prohibit them from participating in the program without a scholarship.


Students should submit a completed scholarship application with the following materials:

  • Two original works of art that meet the following criteria
    • One piece should be a landscape, self-portrait, OR a still life (ages 11+ only)
    • One piece of the student’s choice.
  • A letter or statement indicating his/her interest in attending classes.
  • A letter of recommendation from art teacher (ages 11+ only)
  • Evidence of financial need (most recent tax return).

All works of art should be submitted on unlined paper and must be at least 8.5” x 11” in size. Digital images may be submitted in lieu of the original pieces. Artwork must be labeled with the student’s name, age and home address. Artwork submitted may not be a copy of any other work. Students are responsible for collecting their portfolio after the judging process is completed. Watkins reserves the right to take images of work submitted by applicants.

Student responsibilities

Watkins’ Young Artists Program is an educational experience in which the student will be expected to work and accept guidance from the instructor and Watkins staff. Students should have a spirit of openness, cooperation and adventure in order to succeed in a new learning environment.

Parent/guardian responsibilities

The student must attend every class session. This involves a commitment from the student’s parent/guardian to provide timely transportation for each day of the session.

Submission process

Applicants are welcome to fill out and mail the Young Artist Program Scholarship Application 2017  to the address listed on the bottom of the page or email to All materials must be received in office by the application date in order to be considered.


Please contact with any questions.


Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison



Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


IMG_9405Watkins 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!

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


The full job description is listed below.


This an unpaid position, filled for the entire month of June. Students will work with Watkins Community Education staff during the following summer programs: Summer Art Camp (ages 5-13) and Teen Workshops (high school ages). Interns will work from either 8AM-1PM or noon-5PM each day of camp, exceeding no more than 25 hours per week. Interns will be supervised by all staff, including the Director and Coordinator of Community Education, and will report directly to the Summer Programs Assistant.

Education/Work Experience

Required knowledge, skills, and personal qualifications:

  • Be positive, patient, perceptive, and resourceful
  • Be responsible, intuitive, observant, and adaptable
  • Be able to solve problems and troubleshoot with little supervision
  • Excellent communication skills and customer service-oriented attitude with parents, campers and workshop attendants between ages of 5-18
  • Experience or interest in fine art or arts education is preferred

Summer Art Camp & Teen Workshops Duties

  • Arrive on time and ready to work with a positive attitude
  • Follow Watkins Community Education’s policy and protocol
  • Assist with daily studio preparation and organization
  • Maintain a welcoming, supportive environment for parents, children, teens, and staff
  • Maintain clear, consistent, and respectful communication with parents, campers/teen workshop attendants, Watkins staff members, and camp instructors
  • Develop and employ skills of classroom management by monitoring participants during studio sessions, lunch, pre-camp and post-camp care, breaks, etc
  • Provide positive solutions for problem resolution, encourage dialog, and seek support for behavioral and disciplinary discussions from the Director and Coordinator of Community Education
  • Assist Summer Programs Assistant and instructors in classroom management
  • Assist with preparation, distribution, and clean up of materials and supplies, organize supplies and keep materials stocked at all times
  • Prepare materials, supplies and studio materials before camp begins and assist preparing the studio for the next class
  • Directly engage with campers: encouraging art making, playing games, and facilitating positive learning experiences throughout daily camp activities
  • Ensure projects are completed, identified, and prepared for participants to take home when completed
  • Assist with camper drop-off/pick-up
  • Assist with end-of-camp studio organization and clean-up
  • Accept projects and additional activities as requested by Community Education Coordinator, Director, Summer Programs Assistant and camp instructors

Summer Youth Camps

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

REGISTRATION FOR all SUMMER 2017  camps is now closed.


Summer Multi-Arts Camps: Ages 5-10

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.

Special Topics

Each week in June
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Group A: Ages 5-7
Group B: Ages 8-10
Tuition: $325 per week
Sibling discount: First child pays full tuition. $25 discount applies to each additional sibling. Enter code “Sibling” at checkout.


Special Topics Camps: Ages 11-13

Special Topics Camps focus on a specific medium or theme each week.  Teaching artists guide students through introductory techniques to polished projects. Dress for mess and bring a lunch.  All art supplies are included unless otherwise noted.


Dates and times: Each week in June,
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 11 – 13
Tuition: $325 per week
Sibling discount: First child pays full tuition. $25 discount applies to each additional sibling. Enter code “Sibling” at checkout.


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 or stop by our offices located in Metro Center, 2298 Rosa Parks. Blvd.


Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison



“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.”


Tal's Letter

A recent review from Akiva 1st grader, Tal Ginzburg.

“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.”


Teach With Community Education

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Interested in teaching with Community Education?

Watkins Community Education hires exceptional practicing artists to teach courses that encourage creative thinking through instruction in a variety of visual arts media. Teaching Artists guide students through a process of skill development (principles, basic concepts, specific vocabulary, and latest working techniques of the medium) and individual discovery (marked by inquiry and exploration). Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Key components of creating environments designed to support student learning include demonstrations, critical reflection, references to the work of both historical and contemporary artists, and hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art studios. Individual attention and small class sizes (5-15 students) encourage participation and dialogue.  If you feel this description fits who you are as a Teaching Artist then we would love to add you to our team!

Approximately four – five months before the start of a “term” (spring, summer, or fall) we will post a “Call for Course Proposals” and corresponding “Course Proposal Forms” to be filled out by interested instructors. You can find this form by following the link below. Only those who complete the forms, and submit requested supplementary materials, by the marked deadline will be considered to teach our courses. If you have questions about filling out the forms, please contact Maggie Fansher, director of community education.

Current Opportunities:

The course proposal application for spring 2018 adult classes and summer 2018 youth camps is now open!



Please submit the following materials in order for your course to be considered:

  • APPLICATION – Google form accessible at the link above.
  • RESUME – Please send your most updated resume.
  • IMAGES – Please send 3-5 images of your work as an artist and/or images of class projects. Never underestimate the power of visuals to help us promote your classes.
  • REFERENCES – Only for new teaching artists.
  • SYLLABUS – The primary goal of this document is to organize content and supplies, and for us to be on the same page as you for each class.
  • SUPPLY LISTS- This is both the supplies you would like us to provide and the supplies the students should collect in advance.
  • HANDOUTS – Already know what documents you’d like to give to students? Send them to us, and we will have them printed for your classes.


Community Education FAQ

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison