Teen Group PaintingTeens are offered specialized classes that will enhance their college skills and help them explore career options. Teens learn about past and present artists while expanding upon their artistic skills. Emphasis is placed on both the finished product and the process of thinking, designing, communicating and creating. Teen workshops invite high school students to engage in a specific media or project for an intensive 1- or 2-day experience.  Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch.  All art supplies are included. Registration for our 2014 teen workshops is now open.

2014 Teen Workshops

Teen PaintingDates/Times: throughout June, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 14+
1-day workshop: $100
Early bird rate (register by March 3): $90
2-day workshop: $150
Early bird rate (register by March 3): $140

Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6
Sewing Machine Crash Course 
Teaching Artist: Allison Jarrett
If you’ve always wanted to learn to use a sewing machine, you will love this beginner crash course. In this two-day workshop, teens will learn how to thread their sewing machine, make basic stitches, and solve common problems that come up in machine sewing.  Finally, we’ll put the pieces together and make functional bags with a creative twist.

Tuesday, June 10
Self-Publishing Zines
Teaching artist: Amelia Garretson-Persans
From zany photo collages to poetic rants to comic illustrations, anything goes in these do-it-yourself mini-magazines.  Come learn the ins and outs of developing the content, layout, printing, and distribution of your very own zine.

Teen WS - PhotogramTuesday, June 17
Teaching artist: Heather Hilley
Experiment with this alternative process that allows you create photographic images without a camera using found objects placed directly on light-sensitive papers.  Participants will learn how to compose their own photograms and develop them using traditional darkroom processes.

Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19  
Book Arts Sampler 
Teaching artist: Katie Gonzalez
Spend two days learning all about the world of handmade books. You’ll begin by making simple folded books, and then move on to creating sculptural pop-up books and books with interesting sewn bindings that can be used as journals, sketchbooks, or photo albums. You’ll leave this class with your own little library of handmade books, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home.

Monday, June 23  
Layered Image: Mixed Media Painting
Teaching artist: Carmen Mims
Express, experiment, and enjoy the creative options that mixed media painting offers!  Participants will work in acrylics, exploring a variety of painting techniques plus methods for enhancing and layering using found objects, textures, transfers, and text.

Cheekwood Partnership

Andy Warhol FlowersThis summer we are excited to partner with Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art for a special series of two-day silkscreen workshops in conjunction with Andy Warhol’s Flowers exhibition.
Silkscreen Printing with Cheekwood
Section 1: Thursday, June 12, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Cheekwood) and Friday, June 13, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Watkins)
or Section 2: Thursday, June 26, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Cheekwood) and Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (meet at Watkins)
$160 (2-day workshop)
Teaching artists: Cheekwood staff and Chris Cheney
Through this interactive workshop, students will first explore the grounds at Cheekwood’s Botanical Garden and meet with staff for an exclusive tour of Andy Warhol’s Flowers exhibition. Day two of the workshop will be spent in the print shop at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film where students will learn the basics of silkscreen printing resulting in hand-printed posters, t-shirts and more.

Teen PrintingBest known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and pop culture, Warhol’s Flowers reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist. At Cheekwood, Warhol’s artificial flower images meet the floral abundance of an actual garden. Andy Warhol’s Flowers will be open June 14-September 7 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Registration now open!


Teen InternshipWatkins Community Education wants you to join us as a Multi-Arts Camp Intern! We’re looking for highly motivated high-school JUNIORS or SENIORS who:

  • Love making art
  • Have experience working with kids (babysitting, helping younger siblings, previous work or volunteer experience, etc.)
  • Are responsible, personable, positive, and proactive.
  • Want to gain work experience for their college resume.
  • Want to get the most out of their summer break by assisting our professional teaching artists to provide a creative camp experience for kids ages 5-13.

This is an unpaid internship, though participants will gain valuable work experience for their resumé and possibly even letters of recommendation for college!

To Apply: Please complete the following form. Contact with any questions. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

ScholarshipsDownload our Spring 2015 Scholarship Application for youth classes now! Spring applications due February 16, 2015.