Watkins Community Education Teacher Program with Lesley Patterson-Marx!

“Quilting” with Unconventional Materials
Friday, December 9, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Free, with lunch provided.

Quilting is a medium that has provided comfort, craft, and storytelling throughout American history. In this workshop, participants will learn about the quilting process and will create quilts from a variety of mediums including paint, pencil, paper, and from digital applications. The morning will begin with a brief history of quilting and how it has evolved from necessity to fine craft. Participants will then experiment with creating quilts from unconventional mediums that capture the storytelling elements of traditional quilting.


Handmade & 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! Save the Date: Handmade & Bound, 6th edition, will be held October 1, 2016! To register as a vendor at the Handmade & Bound Nashville festival you can fill out our application form on our website at The deadline for vendor registration is August 30, 2016.

The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature prints, poems, and artist books created by local artists as well as books created through Stitches + Stories, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. Stitches + Stories will showcase handmade books inspired by the healing power of art and storytelling. All workshops will take place in August and September of 2016. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Watkins Community Education at


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.

Our 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.

TeacherIn-ServiceUpcoming Programs:

Mixed-Media Sculptures
In Collaboration with Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Friday, March 10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free, parking validation and lunch included
The Frist Center and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film are co-hosting a one-day teacher workshop highlighting the Frist Center contemporary artist exhibition: Stop Me Feeling by Claire Morgan. Spend the first half of the day touring the exhibition at the Frist Center; then, finish the day at Watkins, creating a mixed-media hanging sculpture inspired by Claire Morgan’s work! Register online!

Botanical Watercolors
In Collaboration with Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Friday, March 31st, 9:00am-3:00pm
Free, parking validation and lunch included
Explore the historic techniques used by artists who portrayed, in accurate detail, the flora and fauna of our world. Learn to capture the intricate details of nature through pencil under-drawings, dry brush watercolor techniques and color mixing. Spend the day at Cheekwood touring the gardens and learning botanical watercolor techniques. This workshop is perfect for teachers interested in incorporating science into the art classroom. Register online through Cheekwood’s website!

Stop Motion Animation
Friday, April 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free, with lunch provided.
Stop Motion Animation is a fun and increasingly accessible filmmaking medium for people of all ages! Educators will learn how to turn a simple story into a stop-motion mini film using apps found on ipads, phones, and computers. Register online!


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.”

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Each year talented and motivated local youth apply for scholarships to cover the costs of our camps. Limited scholarship funds prevent many students from attending our programs. Please consider helping by becoming a sponsor or community partner.

Download our 2016 Sponsorship Packet for more information on how you can help a creative child today!