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Teacher Programs

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:

“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. Register online!

Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors: Creating Experimental Video
In Collaboration with Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Friday, January 20, 9:00 pm – 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: The Visitors. Spend the first half of the day touring the exhibition at the Frist Center; then, finish the day at Watkins, creating an experimental and collaborative video of your own! Registration for this workshop opens December 1, 2016.

Mixed-Media Sculptures
In Collaboration with Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Friday, March 10, 9:00 pm – 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! Registration for this workshop opens December 1, 2016.

Botanical Watercolor
In Collaboration with Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
TBA
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 touring Cheekwood Botanical Garden touring the gardens and learning botanical watercolor techniques. This workshop is perfect for teachers interested in incorporating science into the art classroom. Registration for this workshop opens December 1, 2016.

Stop Motion Animation
Friday, April 7, 9:00 pm – 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. Registration for this workshop opens December 1, 2016.

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.”