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

Making a creative life available to all

Since the founding of Watkins in 1885, we have been committed to providing the finest studio art instructional experiences to our community—and to keeping the costs for those programs as low as possible. We realize, though, that even those fees can be a barrier to participation for some, which is why we offer full or partial Young Artist Program Scholarships.

Who is eligible to apply

You are eligible to apply for a scholarship on your child’s behalf if he or she is aged six to 14 and enrolled in one of Watkins Summer Camps. We assign priority to children with artistic talent whose family financial situation may prohibit them from otherwise participating in the program.

How to apply for a scholarship

The deadline for applications, including letters of recommendations, and samples of student artwork is April 15 for the 2020 year. Students should submit a completed scholarship application with the following materials:

  1. Application Form
  2. Two original works of art
  3. A letter or statement indicating his/her interest in attending classes
  4. A letter of recommendation from an art teacher (ages 11+ only)
  5. Evidence of financial need – current W2 or other supporting documentation

All works of art should be submitted on unlined paper and must be at least 8.5” x 11” in size. Artwork must be labeled with the student’s name, age, and home address. Artwork submitted may not be a copy of any other work. Students are responsible for collecting their portfolio after the judging process is completed. Watkins reserves the right to take images of work submitted by applicants.

Student responsibilities

Watkins Summer Camps are an educational experience in which the student will be expected to work and accept guidance from the instructor and Watkins staff. Students should have a spirit of openness, cooperation, and adventure in order to succeed in a new learning environment.

Parent/guardian responsibilities

The student must attend every class session. This involves a commitment from the student’s parent/guardian to provide timely transportation for each day of the session.

Scholarship submission process

Applications must be mailed to the Community Education office. All materials must be received in office by the application date in order to be considered.


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We are grateful to Advance Financial Foundation for generously providing funding for scholarships to this program.

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