FAQ—Youth Community Education

Classes and resources

Here are some answers to typical questions that students and parents have about our Youth Community Education Program. Email or call us at 615.277.7456 if you don’t find the information you need.

How many students will be in my class?

Our typical Community Education class size ranges from five to 15 students.

How many teachers will be in my class?

We assign one teacher to each class. Additional staff assist with classes as needed.

Are materials included?

Yes. We provide all the materials your student needs for class.

What should my student wear?

Your student should wear clothing that is comfortable for working, including closed-toe shoes. Class projects may involve materials that can stain clothing, so your student might want to bring a smock or apron, too.

Do you provide lunch care?

Watkins does not provide lunch for campers. We do have a refrigerator to keep camper lunches until lunch time, and Watkins staff will supervise lunch break. We encourage parents to pack lunch and healthy snacks for their campers. We are a peanut free camp.

Can I stay in the classroom with my student?

No. To ensure a safe environment that is most conducive to learning, we only allow registered student, teachers, and Community Education staff in the classroom.

Can I register my student for a class intended for older students?

No. Because we design our curriculum to match learning objectives and class projects with specific age levels, your student must reach the minimum age requirement for a class prior to the first session.

Do you offer scholarships or financial assistance?

Yes. We offer a limited number of scholarships for Youth Community Education students between the ages of five and 18. Get the details.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, if you register for camp before March 1 and use code EARLYBIRD20, you will receive a 10 percent discount.

What is your attendance policy in the event of a flu outbreak or other pandemic?

If your student attends a school that has been closed due to illness or outbreak, your student will not be allowed to attend a Watkins class. If a large number of students or the teacher are out due to illness, the Community Education director may choose to cancel your student’s class.

We encourage you to use good judgment and not send an ill student to class. Email or call us at 615.277.7456 if you have any questions.

General logistics

Here are some answers to typical questions about logistics.

Where is Watkins?

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, approximately three miles from downtown Nashville.

Where should I drop off and pick up my student each day?

Come to the Silos, which are located on the north side of campus close to Great Circle Road. You will see signs directing traffic to the carpool line. We will email you with more details on drop-off and pick-up procedures before camp starts.

What should I do if I can’t drop off or pick up my student?

If your student is being picked up by an adult other than a parent, you must send a signed and dated permission note with that adult.

If your student uses public transportation or is driving to the program, you must send a signed and dated note giving us permission to release your student from Watkins’s care. We provide free parking in the lot in the front of our main building.

How early can I drop off my student for class?

We offer morning care from 8 a.m.–9 a.m. before class starts. Please do not drop off your student before that time.

Do you have an aftercare program?

Yes. Guardians can pick up their students any time between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., Watkins will charge you $1 per minute for any time beyond the 15-minute grace period.

General policies

All Watkins Summer Camps are weeklong, full-day camps. We believe that young artists should have the opportunity to work with real materials, in real studios, so we encourage dressing for a mess to fully enjoy the creative process. After all the making, campers will showcase their work alongside their peers in an art show open to all our artists’ families and friends. And with accessible parking and free childcare before and after camp hours, we’re as convenient for parents as we are fun for kids.