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Community Education Upcoming Events:

Handmade & Bound Nashville, 5th Edition
October 2 & 3
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Handmade & Bound Nashville, now in its fifth year, is an annual festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. Come learn about independent publishing, book arts, letterpress, printmaking, papermaking, zines, mini-comics, and all things book! Vendors will be selling affordable artwork. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ books as well as books created through Bound Together, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations.

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.

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Teacher Workshop for Art Educators
A ________ Is Worth A Thousand ________: Working with Text as Image
Offered in collaboration with Cheekwood
Friday, October 16
, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Free, breakfast and lunch included.

Join Nashville artist, Noah Saterstrom, for a workshop inspired by Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, an exhibition currently on view at Cheekwood. Using Plensa’s work as a point of departure, educators will use the instruments of text – letters, words, and phrases – in a way that frees text from its associations and explores these instruments as physical objects.  How do you make a work of art without using pictures? How do you make a work of writing without using type and handwriting? Participants will use nontraditional materials to create works inspired by music, literature, and art. Space is limited. REGISTER NOW!

Our teacher programs are funded in part by the Memorial Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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Tournées Film Festival
In conjunction with the Watkins Film Student Council
Screenings October—November
Free and low-cost admissions

Watkins has been selected as a participant in the 20th edition of Tournées Film Festival, which offers a wide variety of films representing the best of French cinema distributed in the U.S., from the popular to the experimental. Showcasing established and emerging talents, Tournées Film Festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens. Join us for six film screenings running mid-October through mid-November. More information, including screening times, movie descriptions and ticket information will be updated here as soon as possible.

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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 mharding@watkins.edu.

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 mharding@watkins.edu.

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.

 

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 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 skills for themselves and ideas for the classroom.

Upcoming Programs:

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Jaume Plensa, SELF-PORTRAIT (detail), 2013. Stainless Steel. 128 x 138 x 138 inches. Installation view: Cheekwood, Nashville, TN. Photo: Dean Dixon. © Jaume Plensa. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

Teacher Workshop for Art Educators
A ________ Is Worth A Thousand ________: Working with Text as Image
Offered in collaboration with Cheekwood
Friday, October 16
, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Free, breakfast and lunch included.

Join Nashville artist, Noah Saterstrom, for a workshop inspired by Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, an exhibition currently on view at Cheekwood. Using Plensa’s work as a point of departure, educators will use the instruments of text – letters, words, and phrases – in a way that frees text from its associations and explores these instruments as physical objects.  How do you make a work of art without using pictures? How do you make a work of writing without using type and handwriting? Participants will use nontraditional materials to create works inspired by music, literature, and art. Space is limited. REGISTER NOW!

Our teacher programs are funded in part by the Memorial Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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Please register through our new event registration page. If you experience any issues, please email community@watkins.edu

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.”

Kid's CampVolunteer

Interested in volunteering with Watkins Community Education? Contact us at community@watkins.edu for more information!

Sponsor

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