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! Handmade & Bound, Issue No. 4 will be held October 4, 2014. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ poems, prints and art books as well as books created through Poetry & Prints, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. For more information on how to get involved with these workshops please email [email protected]
We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our “Poetry & Prints” 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 monoprints. Local book artists, writers, and printmakers 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 including all three–interpretation is very open. All participants will be honored in the exhibition opening and reception on October 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Interested parties must submit their artwork by September 22 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.
Poetry & Printmaking is funded in part by a MetroArts ArtsAccess Grant. Handmade & Bound 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 art-driven 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 art skills for themselves and ideas for the classroom. Our teacher programs are funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Carving and Clay: Exploring the Work of William Edmondson and Friends
Friday, November 7
9:00am – 4:00pm
Teaching Artist: Jammie Williams
$15 for Cheekwood Members, $20 for non-members
This workshop is now full. For information about a wait list please email Karen Kwarciak at [email protected].
Cheekwood and Watkins have partnered to offer a workshop that will introduce educators to William Edmondson & his unique sculptural techniques. The morning session will take place at Cheekwood, with a gallery tour of William Edmondson and Friends, featuring works created by William Edmondson, Olen Bryant, Alan Lequire, Greg Ridley and many more. In the afternoon, educators will travel to Watkins. Utilizing clay, wax, crea-stone, and a variety of carving tools, educators will create their own sculptures with local artist, Jammie Williams.
Paper or Plastic: Using Recycled Materials in the Art Classroom
Offered in Partnership with Turnip Green Creative Reuse
Friday, January 30, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Free, with lunch provided.
Please register through our new event registration page. If you experience any issues, please email [email protected]
Watkins understands that with increasingly limited budgets, educators need to get creative with supplies. That’s why we are partnering with Turnip Green Creative Reuse to offer a program focused on reusing materials in K-12 art classes. Watkins teaching artists, Katie Gonzalez and Meredith Eastburn, will showcase reuse methods through two hands-on workshops: book arts and sculptural installations. Along with gaining curricular knowledge, educators will also get valuable time to make individual and collaborative work. During the program’s lunch break, Watkins will host a small resource fair concentrating on environmentally sound products and practices to aid teachers in learning more about local resources. Workshop space is limited.
During this program teachers will take the following workshops:
Creating handbound sketchbooks from recycled papers
Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for binding two types of books, plus creative ways to fill their sketchbooks both inside and out. The first book we’ll make is a quick and easy pamphlet stitch book. The second book will be bound with the French link stitch, a method of binding that features exposed crisscross stitching on the spine of the book, allowing you to see and show off your handiwork. These books will be made entirely from reused paper, such as maps, wallpaper samples, vintage book pages, and more. Then, through a series of prompts and activities, participants will transform their blank books into works of art using pencil, ink, paint, found objects, and collage.You will leave the class with two completed handbound books, inspiration to continue exploring and documenting the world in your new sketchbooks, and the skills to incorporate these ideas into your classroom. No bookbinding experience required. All tools and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any recycled papers that you might want to incorporate into your books.
Artists often work with found objects and reused materials both out of necessity and out of conceptual concern. This workshop will address both motivations. Whether you find yourself needing to get creative with a limited supplies budget or are inviting your students to explore themes of identity, consumption, environmental issues, social inequities, or public/private spaces, this workshop will give you the chance to experiment with repurposed materials in both sculptures and installations. You will invent an accolade for an unsung hero and create a trash trophy — a project rich with opportunities for character education and social justice connections. Then you will collaborate with fellow participants on a plastic bag installation with particular consideration for process and form. You will leave this workshop with ideas for using free/found materials in new ways, tools for connecting these materials to broader themes with your students, and inspiration for your own creative and teaching practice.
“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.”
Interested in volunteering with Watkins Community Education? Contact us at [email protected] for more information!
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!