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 is open. You can register up to two weeks prior to the start of class.

2015 Teen Workshops

Teen PaintingDates/Times: throughout June, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 14+
1-day workshop: $100
2-day workshop: $150

Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2
Graphic Design: Creative Resumes 
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Create a resume while learning the basics of graphic design in this two-day workshop. We’ll discuss the types of skills and experiences to include in a resume, how to best organize one, and how to stand apart from others through great design. This class provides an overview of typography and color theory as well as an introduction to Adobe InDesign, an essential program for designers. Through hands-on use of the software, in-class critiques, and one-on-one guidance, students will create a complete resume design to use when applying to college, internships, or jobs. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device.

Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9
Book Arts: Handmade Journals 
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Learn to make your own blank book from start to finish, perfect for filling with sketches, taking notes, or displaying photos. This two-day workshop focuses on the Coptic binding style, which features hard covers, decorative stitching across the spine, and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will personalize their books by choosing from a variety of unique handmade papers and colorful thread. No bookbinding experience required. All tools and supplies included in materials fee.

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.



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 with any questions. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

ScholarshipsDownload our Summer 2015 Scholarship Application for youth classes now! Summer applications due April 20, 2015.