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Adult Education

The creative life is the most rewarding life

The Watkins College of Art offers a refined array of adult personal interest and professional development courses and workshops throughout the year. All program offerings are taught by practicing artists and are offered in the same well-equipped facilities that support our degree-seeking students. Program offerings include 3-D Arts, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Book Arts, Photography, and Graphic Design. Our current course offerings are listed below. 

 MULTI-WEEK COURSES (no class July 4 week)

Ceramics: Multi-Level : Tuesdays, 6-9 pm, June 8 - Aug 10 

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing : Thursdays, 6-9 pm, June 17 - Aug 19 

From Color to Conductive: An Exploration of Sustainable Cloth : Thursdays, 6-8 pm,  July 1 - Aug 12 

Drawing Foundations : Tuesdays, 6-9 pm, June 8 - Aug 10

Introduction to Illustration : Thursdays, 6-9 pm, June 10 - Aug 12

Color Theory & Composition Strategies : Tuesdays, 6-9 pm, June 8 - Aug 10 

Understanding Abstract Painting : Thursdays, 6-9 pm, June 10 - Aug 12 

Introduction to Relief Printing : Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, June 29 - Aug 10 

 ONLINE COURSES (no class July 4 week)

Design for Entrepreneurs : Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, June 8 - July 20 

Digital Design Foundations : Thursdays, 6-8 pm, June 10 - Aug 5 

Digital Photography Foundations : Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, June 8 - Aug 3 


Experimental Watercolors : Saturday, July 17, 10 am - 4 pm

Botanical Drawing in Silverpoint : Saturday, July 17, 10 am - 4 pm

Visual Elements of Darkroom Photography : Saturday/Sunday, August 14/15, varied times

Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil : Saturday, August 14, 10 am - 4 pm

Handmade Paper : Saturday, August 14, 10 am - 4 pm


COVID-19 Procedures

In order to return to campus safely for on-ground classes, all faculty, staff, students and visitors must learn and embrace new campus safety protocols. Community Education students should be ready to take ownership of these new protocols so that we can stay healthy, together. 

  • Everyone on campus will be required to wear a mask while on campus.
  • We are enforcing social distancing of at least six feet apart. All shared and common spaces are being evaluated for adjustments necessary to maintain proper social distance.
  • Hand sanitation stations are located throughout campus, and frequent handwashing will be encouraged.
  • The touch-free water dispensing stations on campus will remain in operation. The water drinking fountains will be temporarily unavailable by being turned off.
  • All members of the campus community must perform a health self-check each day before reporting to class. If an individual answers yes to any of the following questions, the individual must stay away from campus and follow the directions found in the "Staying Healthy Together" portion of our plan to report your illness. Health self-check questions are:
    1. Do you live with or have had close personal contact with a person who has tested positive or is displaying COVID-like symptoms?
    2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea?
    3. Have you had a fever in the past 48 hours?
    4. Is your current temperature at or above 100.4?