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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
Photography

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 2015 Pre-College Brochure now!

 

 

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.

Scholarships

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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

Collaborations

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Collaborations.

High-School Internships

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

ARE YOU A HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENT WHO LOVES ART AND KIDS?

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 community@watkins.edu 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 2015 teen workshops will open January 12.

2015 Teen Workshops

Teen PaintingDates/Times: throughout June, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 14+
Tuition:
1-day workshop: $100
Early bird rate (register by March 2): $80
2-day workshop: $150
Early bird rate (register by March 2): $130

Course information will be updated regularly throughout December. We are still adding workshops! Check back on January 12  for confirmed schedule and full course descriptions.

Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2
Graphic Design: Creative Resumes 
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9
Book Arts: Handmade Journals 
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Thursday, June 11
Still-Life Drawing
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
Drawing from life not only trains the hand, but also sharpens your powers of observation, perception and critical thinking. Still-life drawing is a necessary skill for most students interested in pursuing an arts education or developing their portfolio. In this course students will use charcoal and graphite to learn essential techniques like contour, rendering and perspective.

Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16
Conceptual Digital Photography
Teaching artist: Heather Hilley
Have you ever wanted to create dream-like images through your photography?  Do you love surreal artwork and want to take your photography skills to the next level?  This class will teach you how to form a meaningful concept, plan and organize your message so that it is clear to the viewer, work with models & props and edit your vision using Photoshop.  Students will leave with the skills and techniques they need to continue generating creative ideas for their work as well as advanced Photoshop skills. Students should bring their own digital camera (all types welcome) and have a working knowledge of how to use it.

Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25
Mixed Media Collage
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
This workshop will explore painting techniques and methods for collage including layering, transfers, and text and found object inclusion. Students can work in representational or abstract approaches, but all will learn concepts of composition, color theory, texture and balance. All materials are provided, but students are encourage to bring in individual images or objects to personalize their work.

 

Summer Youth Camps

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Multi-Arts Camps

Information for 2015 camps is mostly up-to-date. We will be adding more information throughout the coming weeks. Registrations opens January 12. 

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 starting January 12!

Kids Camp

Dates:
June 1-5
June 8-12
June 15-19
June 22-26

Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages:

Group A: Ages 5-7
Group B: Ages 8-10

Tuition: $325
Early bird rate (register by March 2): $275
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 starting January 12!

CampersDates and times: Each week in June, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 11+
Tuition: $325
Early bird rate (register by March 2): $275
Sibling discount: First child pays full tuition. $25 discount applies to each additional sibling. Enter code “Sibling” at checkout.

June 1-5 
Comic Illustration
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 8-12
Ceramics: Handbuilding and the Wheel
Teaching artist: Doug Stevenson
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 15-19 
Abstract Painting
Teaching artist: Richard HeinsohnSpecial Topics
This course provides a hands-on study of modern painting techniques, strategies and a little history too! Students will learn how and why abstract painting evolved while developing composition strategies, painting techniques and color theory. While studying the methods of modern masters, students will develop their own style and artistic direction.

June 22-26 
Digital Photography
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
In this camp student will learn how to take beautiful, creative digital photos! Camera handling skills, composition, lighting and basic editing will all be covered through a variety of creative shooting assignments. Note: Campers should bring their own digital camera (all types welcome).

 

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.

Testimonials

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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TESTIMONIALS: ADULT CLASSES

“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.”

 TESTIMONIALS: YOUTH & TEEN CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS

“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.”