COMMUNITY EDUCATION

ADULTS

Current Course Descriptions

3-D

MULTI-LEVEL CERAMICS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – July 27 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Julia Whitney Brown
Learn the art of hand-building and wheel-throwing in this multi-level class that is great for beginners and experienced students alike. You will create functional and sculptural pieces and leave with an understanding of form, decoration and texture. Pieces will be glazed and kiln-fired. Clay and glazes are included with lab fee. Students should bring their own set of clay tools; a supply list will be provided.

WOOD FURNITURE: SOLID WOOD CABINETMAKING

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 pm
June 14- August 9 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
In this class we will use solid wood to build a small cabinet, utilizing time-tested furniture making approaches. We will encounter a broad woodworking experience, moving between the efficiency of modern tooling to the timeless handwork processes including scraping, hand-planing, paring with chisels, and inlaying butt hinges. This class anticipates the notion that something about how you get through this process must necessarily show up in the product. It not only harkens back to a pre-particle board world but encourages attention to the presence of the spaces we inhabit in our contemporary lives—through the lens of a humble cabinet. Both beginners and those with previous wood working experience are welcome!

WOOD FURNITURE: WINDSOR BENCH

Saturday, July 16—Sunday, July 17
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, both days
$105, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
Windsor construction techniques form the core of this two-day project. This method is efficient and time tested and allows a direct and intuitive approach to furniture making. We will move from lumber selection and millwork to joinery, shaping, and then finally assembly. In just two short days we will establish a fundamental approach to woodworking that will serve students well in all their future woodworking endeavors. All experience levels welcome.

HANDMADE CUTTING BOARDS

Saturday, June 25
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $35 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
Learn to plane, shape with hand tools, and sand rough walnut into a simple, elegant cheese or bread serving board! Students will learn the basics of making a walnut cutting board for food prep, serving, or bragging rights! This is a beginner level course, but all experience levels are welcome! A​ll tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

INTRODUCTION TO MOLD MAKING: WASTE MOLDS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 6 – July 18 (no class July 4) (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Alexandra Sutton
Plaster waste molds are an excellent and efficient way to cast a clay sculpture in plaster. A waste mold is a one-use mold made of plaster and burlap that is relatively easy and inexpensive to create. This course will cover all of the necessary steps and techniques to successfully build a plaster waste mold and cast a clay sculpture in plaster. Students will become familiar with mold making concepts and materials and learn how to archive a small clay sculpture through traditional casting processes.

TRADITIONAL CHEROKEE POTTERY

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 7- August 2 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Gary L. White
In this nine-week course, students will learn how to create traditional southeastern pottery keeping with genuine Cherokee traditions. Students will learn how to construct pottery using the coil method and fire their creations using the traditional method of open fire firing. The teaching artist will pass on traditions and techniques learned from his grandmother and passed down through generations before her. All levels of experience welcome.

ADVANCED THROWING & SURFACE TECHNIQUE FOR POTTERS

Saturday, July 16 & Saturday, July 23
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
$115, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Audry Deal-McEver
This workshop is designed for the intermediate to advanced potter who is ready to try more complicated forms and is curious about new ways to approach surface design. The first day of this workshop will be spent throwing on the wheel. Demonstrations will introduce more advanced throwing techniques and students will be encouraged to approach forms that require the assemblage of multiple parts (like pitchers, jars, and teapots). The second day will focus on attaching the different thrown pieces and learning new surface design techniques (like sgraffito, mishima, carving, sprigging, and using custom made stencils). Slips and underglazes will be used to add color to the white clay pots.

 

Drawing & Painting

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 7 – August 2 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
Enhance your view of the world with this comprehensive drawing course, which will sharpen your eye for detail while providing art school level instruction in observational drawing. Perfect for beginners, or professionals who want to re-visit the basics, this course offers all of the essential exercises, techniques and approaches to learning the natural way to draw. ​Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE DRAWING

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 6 – August 8 (no class July 4) (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Anna DeWitt
Working from a live model is necessary to succeed in capturing the human form. Students will review basic elements of art including line, shape, and volume while exploring composition, spatial illusions, and linear perspective. Instruction will focus on skeletal and muscular anatomy while students learn the formulas of the masters to achieve correct proportion. Students will explore a wide range of materials and media while developing their personal style. Students should have some drawing experience and bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

ACRYLIC PAINTING FUNDAMENTALS

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 2- July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
Beginning students will gain fundamental knowledge of the handling and theory of acrylics as well as how to artistically view a subject. Students will learn composition, color theory, color mixing, brush technique and painting principles through teacher demos, guided practice, presentations and written handouts. This course is perfect for beginners or intermediate students looking to delve deeper into the medium. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

APPROACHES TO ABSTRACT PAINTING

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 1 – July 27 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
In this acrylics course students will employ the composition strategies, paint handling and color mixing techniques of the modern masters, learning how and why these developments evolved from early modern abstraction to the many approaches seen in contemporary abstract painting today. Students will be encouraged to develop their own painting style and direction. T​his course is good for both beginners and experienced painters and offers a place to connect and discuss developments in the contemporary art world while engaging in lively classroom discussions about art. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTRODUCTION TO COMIC DESIGN

Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 2 – July 7 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
This class is designed to introduce basic anatomy, perspective and storytelling using up-to-date standards in creating your own comic book and/or graphic novel. This class will focus on basic perspective as well as understanding cropping and foreshortening. Students will learn how to layout and design ideas in a storyboard form. This class combines a basic understanding of traditional art with sequential design. All levels welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

BUILDING YOUR ALPHABET

Saturday, June 25
10:00 am- 4:00 pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
In this hands-on class students will learn letter design principles including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angles, slant and style. Applying these principles, students will create structurally sound alphabets, manually or electronically. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while incorporating characteristics that infuse emotions and purpose into the letters: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided.

INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS

Saturday, June 18
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
Learn how to use pastels correctly and get dynamic results! This beginner workshop will combine demonstrations and guided practice resulting in a piece of artwork students can be proud of. The instructor will share tips, techniques, and information regarding buying pastels, papers, preparing surfaces, general color rules, and general recommendations on using and framing pastels. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTRODUCTION TO PORTRAITURE

Saturday, June 18 & Sunday June 19
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Anna DeWitt
This workshop will cover the basics of drawing a portrait in graphite and pen through both self-portraits and working from a live model. Instruction will cover the structures and measurements of the face. The techniques and tools used in this class will expand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting, as well as, digital mediums. This course is perfect for artists with some experience drawing who want more focused instruction. All materials are provided.

COMPOSITION STRATEGIES

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 6 – June 27 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
This drawing and painting course will emphasize compositional approaches to both realistic and abstract imagery. Students in this class will explore dynamic symmetry and will create simple and complex compositions while learning to accomplish visual rhythm, harmony, and clear spatial relationships. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

COLOR THEORY

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July 11 – August 1 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
Through painting students will learn the phenomenon of how colors gradate from one to the next and work together to affect mood. A comprehensive study of primary, secondary, tertiary values, hues and colors will be examined as well as the full spectrum of complementary color use and temperature. Students will receive direction in mixing techniques, paint handling and brush control as well as a deeper understanding of color and how to use color effectively. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists. ​Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING

Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 9 – July 30 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Anna DeWitt
Plein Air painting, or the act of painting outdoors, was especially significant for Impressionist painters and is still important for artists rendering outdoor scenes. This course will teach intermediate students to understand color and its relationship to changing outdoor light. As such, students will build skills in painting with speed and efficiency. Students will learn to connect with their surroundings and gain inspiration to take their creativity outdoors! Students should bring their own supplies; suggested materials list will be provided.

FIGURE PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF ALICE NEEL

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 2 – June 23 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Grace Mikell Ramsey
The paintings of Alice Neel are striking, haunting, intimate and as fresh as ever—her style continues to inspire many contemporary artists. In this class students will closely study Neel’s work and create one or two paintings in her particular style. Working within the parameters of emulating Neel’s dynamic style will help you loosen up, experiment with new brushstrokes and ways to apply paint, play with color, get better at knowing when to STOP, and practice painting the figure without worrying too much about proportions and accuracy. Perfect for those who are interested in, but intimidated by, painting the figure. This class is sure to enrich your practice–expect epiphanies!

MAKING MEANING: EXPLORING FORM & CONTENT

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 1 – July 27 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Grace Mikell Ramsey
Have something to say but not sure how to express it in your work? In this class we will deeply explore how the two essential ingredients of art, Form (what it looks like) and Content (what it means), can work together. By breaking down and considering the elements of form and content as well as visually analyzing successful artworks both historic and contemporary, we will attempt to discover what makes a work of art powerful, uncanny, disturbing, funny, nostalgic, haunting, ironic, etc. This class will help you hone your ideas until they are in their truest and purest state and help you figure out how to make the kind of work you want to be making. A portion of the class will be lecture/observation/discussion and the remainder of class will be devoted to the application of new ideas using acrylic paint. Cross listed in Special Topics.

FIGURE PAINTING FOR COMIC DESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 7 – July 12 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
Explore figure painting from the point of view of comic design. This class will focus on human form looking at basic and advanced layout techniques, color theory, and working with complimentary palettes to make your work pop! We will also look at design choices such as clothing and hairstyles to give your work a signature style. All skill levels are welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

MIXED MEDIA: WATERCOLOR & INK

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
 July 6 – July 27 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
Explore the possibilities of mixed media by combining watercolor and ink. Discover ways to use each medium to enhance the other, and learn effective techniques for adding texture and detail to any subject, from landscape to abstraction. All skill levels are welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

BIRDS IN WATERCOLOR

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 7 – July 12 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen
This course will focus on capturing the beauty of birds through a botanical style of watercolor painting. Emphasis will be on structure, form, color vibrancy, and detail of form. Attention will be paid to the historical significance of staying faithful to true reproduction for purposes of bird identification. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

DRAWING FOR PAINTERS

Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
This workshop will teach techniques, tips, and tools to quickly improve your ability to represent proportion, perspective, and 3-dimensional form correctly. Particularly helpful for the painter who doesn’t wish to render drawings yet wants to achieve better realism of any subject matter; still life, landscape, architecture, or figures. All materials are provided.

NATURE JOURNALING FOR BOTANICAL WATERCOLORS

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 4 – July 16 (no class July 2) (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen
Artists interested in nature as a subject will have the opportunity to observe plants in their native habitat at various beautiful locations in the Nashville area. We will work with several techniques for capturing form, color, and details of plants in the field. We will finish the course in the studio, learning to turn fieldwork sketches into finished botanical paintings. Students should provide their own supplies; a suggested materials list and locations will be provided. Cross listed in Special Topics.

DRAWING ON YOUR CREATIVITY

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 6 – July 18 (no class July 4) (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Daniel Arite
This course will focus on discovering a personal way of drawing that is as distinct as your signature. It will help you tap into your imagination and explore uncommon techniques such as utilizing senses other than sight and communicating with symbols. Skills such as gesture, contour, and modeling will also be developed while apply the principles of design and composition to enhance drawings and create visual impact. Learn to let go of perfection and embrace expressive imagery! A materials list will be provided.

HISTORIC ARTIST TRADITIONS: DESIGN A COAT OF ARMS

Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
Harken back to the Middle Ages where we will explore a lettering style from the time and design individualized coat of arms. The workshop will focus on the study of Blackletter calligraphy and design choices for traditional heraldry colors and symbols. Explore this historic artist tradition with us and design your own contemporary family coat of arms! All materials included. Cross listed in Special Topics.

Film

SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
June 6 – August 8 (no class July 4) (9 weeks)
$185
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
Get hands-on guidance for developing a great idea into a story that conforms to professional Hollywood standards and discover elements that strengthen or weaken a script. Students will write actual script pages and begin the journey of translating a story from their head to the page.

ADVANCED SCREENWRITING

Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
June 7 – August 2 (9 weeks)
$185
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
This writer’s boot camp will take you through the development process where you will create a professional logline, synopsis, outline, and the first act (25 – 30 pages) of a script. Students will receive hands-on, one-on-one coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This class is recommended as a follow up course to ​Screenwriting Fundamentals.

WRITING THE SHORT FILM

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
June 1 – June 22 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
The short film is more popular than ever and an affordable way to make an idea a film reality. From how films are funded, produced, and ultimately consumed, short films are paving the future of storytelling. This four week course will teach students how to write an effective short film script that can be shot on a tight budget.

WRITING THE FILM ADAPTATION

Saturday, June 25
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Gena Ellis
All of us can call to mind a book that we love that was turned into a film, which we loved…or hated. Adaptation is a Hollywood standard with over half of the films, from Casablanca to Harry Potter, adapted from something. In this workshop, we will look at sources of material for films and discuss the process of adaptation from the screenwriter’s perspective.

Graphic Design

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – July 27 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Mike Meredith
Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard program for creating graphics, logos, illustration and much more. Students will work with type effects, color and other tools to create their own digital images. Basic experience using Mac computers is required ​and students should bring their own external storage device.

INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 7 – August 2 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Learn the fundamentals of graphic design including composition, the grid system and color theory. This course will also have a strong emphasis on typography, including choosing and pairing fonts, creating images from type, and using typography to communicate. Students will become familiar with Adobe InDesign, an essential program for designers, while working on projects such as calendars, posters and business cards. Through projects, hands-on use of the software program and critiques, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of design and how they can incorporate it into their own lives​. B​asic experience using Mac computers is required and students should bring their own external storage device.

BUILDING YOUR ALPHABET

Saturday, June 25
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
In this hands-on class students will learn letter design principles including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angles, slant and style. Applying these principles, students will create structurally sound alphabets, manually or electronically. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while incorporating characteristics that infuse emotions and purpose into the letters: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided.

Interior Design

INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 7 – August 2 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Andrew Robinson
This course introduces students to the language and field of interior design as they learn what is required to design and build interior spaces—from concept to reality. Students will explore and create design solutions by using design principles, elements, space planning, and finishes to create more complex settings. Professional skills, practices, and industry standards will also be addressed. T​his course is perfect ​for those who want to learn the basics of design, sharpen design skills, or explore avenues for professional growth. M​ost tools and supplies included in lab fee.

Photography

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATIONS: CAPTURING IMAGES

Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 2 – July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
Learning how to use their digital SLR cameras students will develop the necessary technical skills to produce artful and expressive photographs. Through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on photo assignments, students will learn camera controls while developing an understanding of light, exposure, framing and composition. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 1 – July 6 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
Continue your digital exploration of the world with this course focused on intelligent composition, digital editing, shooting and editing in RAW, and printing. Students must have working knowledge of their digital cameras. This course is perfect for those who have already taken D​igital Photography Foundations ​or more experienced photographers who want to delve deeper into intermediate topics. Students should bring their own SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

Print, Paper & Book

INTRODUCTION TO SCREENPRINTING

Mondays 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 6- August 8 (no class July 4) (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Christopher Cheney
Silkscreen printing is a popular and versatile printing method commonly used to create posters, t-shirts and labels. In this class, students will learn the whole process from preparing an image to developing a screen to running a set of prints on paper. Instruction will include demonstrations and hands-on practice using stencil methods as well as transparencies. Most materials included in the lab fee.

INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – July 27 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sawtooth Print Shop

In this introductory course to letterpress printing, students will create one-of-a-kind print editions in the studio space of Nieves Uhl & Chris Cheney, collectively known as Sawtooth Print Shop. Students will work from the shop’s collection of wood and metal type as well as carved image blocks as they gain an understanding of the steps involved in making a letterpress print. Students will gain a working knowledge of how to typeset a form and ready a press for printing, as well as how to run a printing press to make their prints. No experience required. All materials are provided although a sketchbook is highly encouraged. Class will be held at Sawtooth Print Shop, 604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 215.

THE COMPREHENSIVE ACCORDION

Saturday, June 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
Learn how to make a variety of books based on the accordion structure, including double accordions, circle accordions, tunnel accordions, nested accordions, and more! Discover how easy it is to add both hard and soft covers and explore different techniques to decorate your covers. All skill levels are welcome. All materials provided.

PASTE PAPERS & POP-UP BOOKS

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 2 – July 28 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Get ready to get messy and embrace spontaneity! We will tie on our aprons and spend the first few weeks creating our own decorative papers, exploring different materials and techniques such as ink washes, watercolor resists, and paste papers. Then students will learn different ways to turn their one-of-a-kind painted papers into works of art. We will make folded books, sewn books, pop-up books, and handmade boxes. Students will leave the class with a stash of their very own decorative papers, a collection of books made from these papers, and the inspiration to continue their creative practice on their own!

INTRODUCTION TO LINOLEUM CARVING & PRINTING

Fridays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (9 weeks)
June 3 – July 29 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sawtooth Print Shop
In this introductory course to linoleum block carving, students will learn to transform their ideas into carvings and print limited editions at Sawtooth Print Shop, the studio of Nieves Uhl & Chris Cheney. Students will learn how to safely carve blocks that will be printed by hand on an antique press. Students will gain a working knowledge of how to ready a press from printing their carved blocks, as well as how to run a printing press to make their prints. No experience required. All materials are provided although a sketchbook is highly encouraged.

HANDMADE BOOKS: SECRET BELGIAN BINDING

Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Learn to make your own book while exploring a binding style with an unusual history and a fascinating design. The Secret Belgian Binding is a practical structure — perfect for sketching, journaling, or displaying photos — and it features hard covers and an exposed crisscross-stitching pattern. Students will personalize their books by choosing from a variety of unique handmade papers and colorful thread. No bookbinding experience required. All tools and supplies are included in the lab fee.

MOTIVATIONAL PRINTS

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sarazen Kokodynsky
We all have a favorite quote or piece of writing that we would love to have displayed permanently in our home. In this workshop, we will learn how to layout the quote for the best visual effect and then print it using linoleum block printing techniques. Each student will walk away with an edition of three prints of their quote and the skills to print more from home. No prior experience required; all tools and supplies are included in the lab fee.

TRADITIONAL LEATHER BOOKBINDING

Saturday, July 23
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
$90, plus $35 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Learn to bind a soft-cover leather book that can be used as a journal, a sketchbook, or a photo album. Using the Italian Longstitch style, a historical binding that dates to 14th Century Europe, each student will create a book with a leather cover that features exposed decorative stitching on its spine, and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will use leather for the book cover and have the option to include interesting contemporary papers inside. The workshop will also include the opportunity to view and handle a collection of professionally made examples. You’ll leave this class with a completed handmade book, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home. No previous bookbinding experience is required.

NARRATIVE CREATIONS: TUNNEL ACCORDIONS

Saturday, July 23
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
Create a tunnel accordion, and explore the possibilities of a layered narrative. Take advantage of this unique structure to tell a tale that gradually unfolds and changes depending on the viewer’s angle. Explore a variety of ways to add decorative elements using pencils, ink, collage, and more. Learn how to finish your book by adding hard or soft covers or fitting it inside a box. All skill levels are welcome. Supplies are included.

Creative Writing & Special Topics

CREATIVE WRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 6 – August 8 (no class July 4) (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
Explore techniques for strengthening creative writing in all genres. This class is for writers of all skill levels and will focus on triggers for effective writing, ways to engage the reader, in-class exercises, and feedback on works-in-progress. The class will include short writing assignments at home as well as gentle commentary and critique in a workshop setting.

TRAVEL WRITING: LET YOURSELF GO!

Saturday, July 23
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
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.

PLOT YOUR NOVEL

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 4 – July 9 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Keith Potempa
The plot of an entire novel is a daunting thing to chew. In this course students will cut that meal into manageable pieces without compromising any of the unique flavors within. Students will learn the basics of story plotting, and then examine three established story structures used by accomplished authors and screenwriters. Each student will create their own novel concept (or enhance an existing one), develop a full outline of its plot, and have it critiqued by the class using the skills and techniques taught during the course. This course is open to all levels of experience.

POETRY IN AMERICA

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 1 – July 27 (9-weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Joseph Kane
In this class we will study the evolution of American poetry from the 1850s to today and create original poems along the way. Each week we will study the historical context of poetic movements – such as The Beats, confessional poetry, and spoken word – read and discuss poems, and write our own poems using exercises inspired by the movements we are studying. Together we will grow as writers and discover the roots of the American poetry tradition. All levels of experience welcome!

LIFE IN 1,000 WORDS OR LESS: WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY

Saturday, June 18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
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.

ADVENTURES IN BAD POETRY

Saturday, June 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Joseph Kane
The path to a good poem is peppered with stumbling blocks that often trip up novice and veteran writers alike. In this workshop, we will learn to avoid common writing mistakes by first making them together. We will write purposefully bad poems, discuss how the mistakes we used weakened our work, and learn ways to prevent them in the future. This workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience.

FOOD IN POP CULTURE & LITERATURE

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 7 – June 28 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Jennifer Justus
From Proust’s madeleine to Quentin Tarantino’s Royale with Cheese, food has long served as a writer’s muse. In this course, we will read and discuss excerpts from fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and we will even listen to song, all inspired by food. We will explore the ways food can help us make deeper emotional connections to our work. And we will enjoy a bite or two, as some tastes will be inspired by what we read while others will inspire us to write our own stories!

ART & WORDS: IMPROVE YOUR ARTIST STATEMENT

Saturday, June 18 & Saturday, June 25
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105
Teaching Artist: Vanessa Albury
As visual artists, we may neglect the writing as an important part of our visual arts practice. Creating a context for your work in words is essential to professionally presenting your work to curators, collectors, and art review panels. There is a careful balance of poetry and technical writing to crafting a successful artist’s statement. In this workshop we will craft your artist statement and investigate how to write about art and other artists in your community. You will leave with a new, functional artist statement and the skills needed to continue to present your art in words.

HISTORIC ARTIST TRADITIONS: DESIGN A COAT OF ARMS

Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
Harken back to the Middle Ages where we will explore a lettering style from the time and design individualized coat of arms. The workshop will focus on the study of Blackletter calligraphy and design choices for traditional heraldry colors and symbols. Explore this historic artist tradition with us and design your own contemporary family coat of arms! All materials included. Cross listed in Drawing & Painting.

NATURE JOURNALING FOR BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 4 – July 16 (no class July 2) (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen
Artists interested in nature as a subject will have the opportunity to observe plants in their native habitat at various beautiful locations in the Nashville area. We will work with several techniques for capturing form, color, and details of plants in the field. We will finish the course in the studio, learning to turn fieldwork sketches into finished botanical paintings. Students should provide their own supplies; a suggested materials list and locations will be provided. Cross listed in Drawing & Painting.

MAKING MEANING: EXPLORING FORM & CONTENT

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
June 1 – July 27 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Grace Mikell Ramsey
Have something to say but not sure how to express it in your work? In this class we will deeply explore how the two essential ingredients of art, Form (what it looks like) and Content (what it means), can work together. By breaking down and considering the elements of form and content as well as visually analyzing successful artworks both historic and contemporary, we will attempt to discover what makes a work of art powerful, uncanny, disturbing, funny, nostalgic, haunting, ironic, etc. This class will help you hone your ideas until they are in their truest and purest state and help you figure out how to make the kind of work you want to be making. A portion of the class will be lecture/observation/discussion and the remainder of class will be devoted to the application of new ideas using acrylic paint. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

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.