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.

Upcoming Programs:

Botanical Watercolors
In Collaboration with Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Friday, March 31st, 9 am – 3 pm
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!

Suminagashi Paper Marbling (NEW!)
Friday, April 28th, 9 am – 4 pm
Free, with lunch provided.
Create a collection of decorated papers using the meditative method of suminagashi marbling. Dating back some 800 years, this Japanese technique floats ink pigments atop a liquid bath. With gentle manipulations — such as blowing across the surface of the water — and a good deal of spontaneity, patterns form and are transferred to paper. In this one-day workshop, free to educators, you’ll leave with inspiration for your own art, and tons of ideas for classroom projects and adaptations for students. Come join us for the last teacher workshop this year! Register online today!


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.”