‘Summer of Adventure’ Preview includes Free Activities
+ Marketplace of Original Student Art
The Community Education department of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host an Open House on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., to preview their summer of session of classes, workshops and camps. The event will feature free hands-on activities and demonstrations by faculty instructors in watercolor, book arts, printmaking and figure drawing (with yogis from Steadfast and True Yoga), and Turnip Green Creative Reuse will lead an interactive project using recycled materials. In conjunction with the Open House, the Watkins YART Sale will also be held from 1 to 4 p.m., offering original, affordable artwork made by students and Community Education teaching artists.
More than 40 nine-, six-, and four-week classes and workshops for youth, teens and adults will be offered by Community Education in June and July in the categories of 3-D, drawing & painting, film, graphic design, interior design, photography, print, paper & book and the special topics of fashion sewing, stop-motion animation and writing. During June Community Education will also present four weeklong Multi-Arts Camps for children ages 5-10, four Special Topics camps (comics, digital photography, stop-motion animation and indie-sewing plush creatures) for ages 11+, and six workshops for teens (in guerilla art, photograms, silkscreen printing, DIY sketchbook, mixed media painting and zine self-publishing), all in Watkins’ state-of-the-art studios.
Among areas of study on the summer schedule are ceramics, puppet design & construction, acrylics, watercolors, layered image, abstract painting, figure drawing, welding, wood boxes, figure drawing, comic illustration, first-person filmmaking, screenwriting, stop-motion animation, graphic design and typography, comic illustration, website design, logo design, programs and software (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop), interior design fundamentals, architectural history, Oriental rugs, darkroom and digital photography, relief, collagraph and monotype printmaking, silk screen printing, decorative papers, sketchbooking, zines, and writing children’s/YA literature and creative non-fiction.
In celebrating the session’s theme of “adventure,” new entries include “Music in Cinema,” which examines different approaches to using music in the storytelling process; “On Location: Nature Photography at Radnor Lake” where class member will learn techniques and tricks for shooting outdoors, and “Refueling Creativity,” a two-day workshop (July 20-21), led by Watkins Fine Art adjunct Alethea Norene, in which students of all disciplines will go through a variety of introspective and collaborative activities to energize, re-focus and gain insight into their own unique practice.
• Free HS Art Teacher Workshop (May 17)
Additionally on the schedule is a teacher workshop for high school art educators on Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Digital Stories and Personal Narratives,” offered in partnership with Nashville Children’s Theatre, is free but registration is required: send an email to [email protected].
The Watkins Community Education Summer 2013 catalog is available online and in print form at the Open House.
Registration for youth camps and teen workshops is open now through May 1; scholarship applications are due April 22 and are available online.
Registration for adult classes and workshops opens April 15. Deadline for nine-week adult classes is May 20; for all other adult classes and workshops, deadline is two weeks prior to start of class.
For information on the April 20 Open House, course schedules and registration, visit Watkins.edu/ Community.
• YART Sale
One of the visual arts college’s most popular community events, the YART Sale will feature original artwork from students and Community Education teaching artists at yard sale prices. One-of-a-kind items will include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, graphic art, home accessories and more, with most items in the $5 to $100 range.
All proceeds will benefit participating student artists and the student government association. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
For more information on the YART sale, contact the Office of Student Life at 615.383.4848.
Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. Food trucks will be onsite during the Open House and YART Sale.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Watkins Community Education program sets the stage for people of all ages to learn the process of creating art in a variety of fascinating media. Classes are taught by talented practicing artists who help students gain an understanding of their chosen medium. Emphasis is placed on both the finished product and the process of thinking, designing, communicating and creating. Young Artists are introduced to art fundamentals through drawing, painting, working with clay and other techniques. Teens learn about past and present artists while expanding upon their artistic skills. Adults have the opportunity to explore areas of specific interest, allowing their creative voices to be heard.