Watkins Community Education Summer 2017 Course Proposal
Hello talented teaching artist! We are so excited about the classes you are going to propose for the Summer 2017 semester here at Watkins Community Education. As you might have already figured this out, but big things are on the horizon, for both the college and this department. We appreciate your patience while we change some things around, update some forms, take over the world. Just kidding about that last one, but we are trying to organize this office and we would appreciate your help!

Below is the call for course proposals and the details regarding the submission process for the upcoming semester. Some things have changed, so please read carefully! As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to either of us:

Sydney Grimes, coordinator extraordinaire, srgrimes@watkins.edu, 615.277.7456
Maggie Fansher, director, mfansher@watkins.edu, 615.277.7455


The Community Education program at Watkins College of Art seeks applicants for temporary, part-time teaching positions for the Summer 2017 term, running June 5, 2017 through August 4, 2017, with make up classes the week of August 7th, 2017. Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for adult courses and workshops, youth summer camps, and teen workshops in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodwork, film, animation, graphic design, typography, interior design, photography, book arts, art history, textile arts, fashion and other special topics.

Watkins Community Education hires exceptional practicing artists to teach courses that encourage creative thinking through instruction in a variety of visual arts media. Teaching artists guide students through a process of skill development (principles, basic concepts, specific vocabulary, and the latest working techniques of the medium), and individual discovery (marked by inquiry and exploration).

Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Key components of creating environments designed to support student learning include demonstrations, critical reflection, references to the work of both historical and contemporary artists, and hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art studios. Individual attention and small class sizes (5-15 students) encourage participation and dialogue.

-Be positive, patient, perceptive and resourceful.
-Have a bachelor's degree.
-Be practicing what they teach.
-Have the desire to share their skill-sets and a teaching ability either through formal training or
intuitive practice. (preferably 2+ years or equivalent experiencing in a variety of teaching
-Be willing to develop teaching skills through regular exposure to new ideas and methods.

-Develop age-appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Community Education director.
-Submit this course proposal form, along with a current résumé, a list of references, 3-5 images
of current work, syllabus for the proposed course, a supply list (for both the students and the
department), and space requests by February 20, 2017.
- Attend required informational meetings.
-Prepare studio/classroom and collect supplies from the community education office for class
use; return studio/classroom to previous condition when class is dismissed.
-Keep the director informed of happenings or challenges regarding students, equipment, or

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