COMMUNITY EDUCATION

ADULTS

Current Course Descriptions

3-D

 

Trays and Ladles: Carving and Shaping Servers in Solid Wood

Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
$135.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 15 – 16, 10am-4pm

This class takes its cue from the wooden objects made by the late Wharton Esherick, early American studio furniture maker. His expressive designs gave life to the ubiquitous objects that frame our everyday life. Students will use carving and shaping techniques found in Esherick’s work to explore an individual approach to design in making trays and ladles, and will gain a firm grasp of wood qualities and shaping strategies while making these objects. We will also have a ton of fun! All skill levels are welcome.

Creative Writing

Travel Writing: Let Yourself Go!

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, July 22, 10am-4pm

Sometimes a trip is more than just a trip, it’s a transformative experience that the traveler must put into words. This workshop is designed to examine different types of travel writing, from basic where-to, how-to stories to creative, first-person essays that reflect on the inner journey that arises from a special trip, location or destination. Students will discuss a variety of contemporary travel writers and their techniques, and begin to transform their own travel experiences into compelling, true stories. Instruction will include generating ideas for travel writing, how to gather information for a travel story, how to prepare for a trip that will provide material for a travel essay, and what travel editors look for in the stories they publish. The workshop is open to all levels of experience.

 

Life in 1,000 Words or Less: Writing the Personal Essay

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, July 29, 10am-4pm

Personal essay is a form of creative nonfiction in which we examine our own lives and the ways they reflect the universal truths of the world around us. These short-form essays are found everywhere, from literary journals to blog posts. In this one-day workshop, we will examine short personal essays by contemporary writers and participants will have the opportunity to explore their own topics and ideas in guided writing sessions, working toward a finished draft. Instruction will include how to search your own life for essay topics, where and how to begin, and how to turn your life experiences into compelling stories. The workshop is open to all levels of writing experience.

Drawing & Painting

Botanical Watercolor Painting

Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen

Explore the techniques used for centuries by artists who portrayed, in accurate detail, the flora and fauna of our world. Learn dry brush watercolor, color theory and other methods for rendering nature. Master the art of capturing the intricacies of light and shadow in the complexity of the beauty of growing things. Pencil rendering and color mixing for accuracy will be covered as well as layering and other dry brush techniques of botanical watercolor painting. The botanical watercolor workshops below will focus on particular subject matter, and place emphasis on each individual’s unique skill level, from beginner to experienced artists alike. Click on the titles below to register for each workshop individually.

Silverpoint Drawing
$150.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 10am-4pm
Silverpoint was the botanical drawing technique practiced by artists of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci. This workshop will focus on the methods and materials of silverpoint botanical drawing used during the Renaissance, then later by Rembrandt and other old masters.

 

Film

Fall classes will be posted on August 1st.

Graphic Design

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Interior Design

Fall classes will be posted on August 1st.

Photography

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Print, Paper & Book

Fall classes will be posted on August 1st.

Professional Practice

Fall classes will be posted on August 1st.

Gift CertificatesGift Certificates

Empower your family and friends to embrace their creativity by giving them a gift certificate for a Watkins Community Education class. Great for any occasion and available in any amount! To purchase a gift certificate please contact the Community Education offices at [email protected] or stop by our offices located in Metro Center, 2298 Rosa Parks. Blvd.