Summer Teen Workshops

Teen PaintingTeens are offered specialized classes that will enhance their artistic skills, help build their college portfolio, or help them explore careers in the arts. Teens learn about past and present artists while expanding upon their artistic knowledge and ability. 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 projects for an intensive 1- or 2-day experience.  Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch.  All art supplies are included. You can register up to two weeks prior to the start of class.



Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7 (two-day workshop)

In this workshop you will gain an extensive view of the fashion industry, ranging from history and design to branding, illustration, and trend forecasting. We will look at historical photos and fashion shows to see how world events shape trends and styles. You will learn how to develop a specific source of inspiration and create mood boards to aid in designing a mini cohesive collection.


Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 (two-day workshop)

In this workshop you will learn how to form a meaningful concept for your photography, plan and organize your message so that it is clear to the viewer, work with models & props, and edit your vision using Photoshop.  Students will leave with the skills and techniques they need to continue generating creative ideas for their work as well as advanced Photoshop skills. Students should bring their own digital camera (all types welcome; smartphone are discouraged) and have a working knowledge of how to use it.


Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14 (two-day workshop)
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn to bind your own sketchbook from start to finish in this two-day workshop. The hardcover sketchbooks will be stitched by hand using the Coptic binding style, which features decorative stitching across the spine and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will personalize their books with unique handmade papers and colorful thread, and they can add pockets or envelopes to stash drawings and found objects. Each student will leave the workshop with a completed handbound book, as well as ideas and inspiration to make sketchbooking part of their creative practice.



Thursday, June 16 (one-day workshop)
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Bring a blank sketchbook, and spend a day discovering creative ways to fill it, both inside and out! We’ll start with a series of prompts, exploring different materials and techniques, and embracing spontaneity. Then, students will embark on a sketchbook scavenger hunt, heading outside the classroom to search for inspiring patterns and scenes, hunting for found papers, and transforming their blank books into works of art. Students will leave the class with a sketchbook filled with their own drawings and observations, and the inspiration to continue exploring and documenting the world! This workshop pairs well with Handmade Sketchbooks



Tuesday, June 21 (one-day workshop)
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

Drawing from life not only trains the hand, but also sharpens your powers of observation, perception and critical thinking. Still-life drawing is a necessary skill for most students interested in pursuing an arts education or developing their portfolio. In this course students will use charcoal and graphite to learn essential techniques like contour, rendering and perspective.



Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29 (two-day workshop)
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

This workshop will explore painting techniques and methods for collage including layering, transfers, and text inclusion. Students can work in representational or abstract approaches, but all will learn concepts of composition, color theory, texture and balance. All materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring in individual images or objects to personalize their work.


IMG_9405Watkins Community Education wants you to join us as a Multi-Arts Camp Intern! We are looking for highly motivated high-school and college students 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 Spring Intersession by assisting our professional teaching artists in providing a creative camp experience for kids ages 5-13.

This is a competitive, unpaid internship, where participants will gain valuable work experience for their resume and possibly even letters of recommendation for college!

Now Accepting Internship Applications for our Spring Intersession Camp, March 16 -18, 2016 & our Summer Art Camps!

Intersession Deadline: February 10, 2016

Summer Camp Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

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

2016 Spring Intersession Internship Application

2016 Summer Art Camp Internship Application