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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

Protest Art - October 17, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Learn how to help your students channel their emotions in a positive way using art. During the era of COVID, racial justice protests and an election year, it seems as though there is constantly something to protest. This workshop will introduce teachers to a series of hands on projects within the protest art spectrum, from protest posters to guerilla art. Teachers will engage in hands on activities using budget friendly materials. Lesser known historical and contemporary protest art examples will also be discussed to help educators frame an exciting lesson for their students. This is a full day workshop, and teachers will receive seven hours of CEUs.

Comic Illustration - November 14, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Combine language arts and visual arts in this fun workshop that teaches the basics of comic illustration. In this workshop educators will learn how to develop characters, create storyboards, and find humor in everyday observations. Participants will create splash pages and multi-panel comics to put a whimsical spin on their art that can be easily adapted for a fun unit in reading or visual art. This is a full day workshop, and teachers will receive seven hours of CEUs. 

Needle Felting - November 21, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Are you intimidated to teach fiber arts in the classroom? Sign-up for this fun half-day workshop to learn the art of needle felting. Needle felting is like painting...but with fibers! This simple and versatile fiber process is appropriate for a wide range of learners (grades 4-12)! Needle felting is a process that transforms wool by agitating it with a barbed needle. While this process can be used to create both 2D and 3D art, we will be focusing on the 2D process for this workshop. This is a half day workshop, and teachers will receive four hours of CEUs.