Teacher Programs

Beginning in Fall 2020, Watkins College of Art will merge with Belmont University to become Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. In addition to the collegiate programs, Watkins’s Community Education programs will be part of that merger. However, as we transition to Belmont, we are aligning with its policies for social distancing this summer under the guidance of the mayor’s office. As a result, all summer programs, including summer camps and adult community education programs, are canceled. We hope that each of you remains safe and well through this season and are able to join us when we reopen in the fall.  Should you have any questions, please write to community@watkins.edu.

Recharge your creative drive and expand your toolkit

As a K-12 arts educator, you understand better than anyone the benefits of the instruction you provide:

  • innovative thinking
  • technological savvy
  • curiosity
  • empathy
  • self-starting discipline
  • ability to manifest a creative vision

But when was the last time you immersed yourself in the arts for the sake of your own professional and artistic development? At Watkins, you can join a cohort of inspired educators eager to do just that.

In our Teacher Community Education classes, you’ll work with Watkins professors and fellow educators to develop strategies for incorporating thematic and contemporary ideas, projects, and techniques into your curriculum. You also will expand your own creative and professional horizons by making art in new and familiar media. Most important, you’ll reinvigorate the passion that led you to a career as an arts educator.

Upcoming programs

Our lineup of free workshops for arts educators in Middle Tennessee features a rich variety of materials, media, and methods, and this year’s curriculum is no exception. Workshops are funded in full by the Memorial Foundation.

When you find the workshop for you, register as soon as possible. Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Watkins Community Education has a strict cancellation policy that requires 48-hour notice if you are unable to attend a workshop. Registrants are limited to 1 ticket per person. Tickets are not to be reserved by one individual for others, and it is mandatory that each person attending a workshop registers for that workshop themselves. Failure to comply with these policies will preclude you from future educator workshops hosted by Watkins.