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Teacher Programs

Recharge your creative drive and expand your toolkit

As a K-12 arts educator, you understand better than anyone the benefits of the education you provide: 

  • Innovative thinking
  • Technological savvy 
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Self-starting discipline
  • Ability to manifest a creative vision 

But when was the last time you immersed yourself in the arts for the sake of your own artistic and professional development? In Watkins teacher workshops you will engage with a cohort of inspired educators eager to do just that. 

In our Teacher Community Education classes, you will work with Watkins professors, professional artists, and fellow educators to develop strategies for incorporating thematic and contemporary ideas, projects, and techniques into your curriculum. You also will expand your own creative and professional horizons by making art in new and familiar media. Most important, you will revive the passion that led you to a career as an arts educator. Workshops are funded in full by the Memorial Foundation. 

Current Workshops

 Surface Design in Clay - January 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This beginner-level workshop is designed to provide an overview of different surface design techniques to help make decorating clay less intimidating.  Your instructor will demonstrate carving, sgraffito, mishima, using wax resist, creating/using paper stencils, and a variety of different ways to transfer an image onto clay.  We'll talk about different ways to add color to clay and about the different visual effects created by underglaze, underglaze pencils, and glaze.  We'll also cover multiple ways to make custom clay stamps and learn how common classroom supplies (like craft foam) can be used to add texture to clay.  Participants will practice these techniques on leather-hard clay slabs and simple hand-built clay forms.  After the workshop, we'll bisque fire your pieces and dip them in a clear glaze for you so you'll be able to keep and enjoy them! All teachers will receive 7 hours of CEUs. 

3D Projects for Kids - February 27, 9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.

Most kids love to work big and in 3D! Learn how to stimulate imaginations and facilitate 3D projects for students in the art room. This workshop is taught by our summer camp 3D specialist, who brings funky, fun, and fantastic work out of young artists. Participants will learn how to creatively use a wide range of supplies including toilet paper tubes, scrap cardboard, buttons, cardstock, sequins, googly eyes, balloons, feathers, and all imaginable leftover supplies from past projects. Each participant will leave with a range of lesson ideas for how to incorporate 3D arts into the elementary classroom! All teachers will receive 7 hours of CEUs.