Adult Education & Wellness Programs

Adult Education & Wellness Programs

Design your own floral arrangement, sculpt a ceramic mug, or take a yoga class! Our wide variety of adult education programs encourage lifelong learning and a deeper connection to horticulture, art, and wellness. From hands-on workshops and classes to educational talks, there are always unique opportunities to develop new skills and get inspired!

Click here to learn about our Adult Education and Programs Policies. For questions, please contact Arielle Altenburg at aaltenburg@cheekwood.org.

Wellness Opportunities

Public Programs operational support has been provided by Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

Pup Portraits

Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, & 27
6:30 PM — 9:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studio

Discover your inner pupcasso while creating a portrait of your furry (or scaly or feathery) friend! No previous painting experience is necessary — your pet’s portrait will be sketched onto a canvas before you are guided through the painting process. All materials and equipment will be provided to create a 14×18” acrylic portrait of your pet to take home. While painting aprons will be supplied, participants are encouraged to wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty.

Capacity is limited to 10 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note that visitors are required to wear face masks while indoors at Cheekwood.

Advanced registration is required and closes two days before each workshop to allow sketching time. Registration includes night admission to Cheekwood’s gardens (5 PM – 10 PM).

Please upload a high-resolution image of your pet with your registration. Headshot images of your pet from the shoulders up with uncluttered backgrounds work best.

Not-Yet Members: $65; Members: $52

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Introduction to Ceramics: Hand-building and Sculpting

Saturday, August 8, 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Frist Learning Center Clay Studio

Get your hands dirty as you dive into the world of clay with ceramicist Heather Johnson! Inspired by the organic forms found throughout “Chihuly at Cheekwood, this workshop will focus on hand-building methods such as the pinch and coil, as well as basic sculpting techniques. 

All supplies and materials will be provided to create up to two small vessels or sculptures. Work will be glazed by the instructor and ready for pick up 1 month after class. 

Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to mansion and gardensCapacity is limited to 15 participants. 

Not-Yet Members: $63; Members: $50.44

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Upcycled Art: Alcohol Ink Reuse Tiles

Saturday, August 15, 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studio

Explore alcohol ink drippings with Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TCGR) as you watch your work sizzle, slide, and expand. TGCR fosters creativity and sustainability through reuse, and 100% of their materials are reused and diverted from the landfill. Use alcohol inks made from dried markers and reused tiles and glass to experiment with shape and color in this workshop. 

All supplies and materials will be provided for participants to create a small set of unique tiles.  

Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to mansion and gardensCapacity is limited to 15 participants. 

Not-Yet Members: $55; Members: $44

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Stained Glass for Beginners

Saturday, August 22, 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studio

Learn the basics of stained-glass art with Sam Simms, owner of Stained Glass Accessories. Participants will use the copper foil and soldering method created by Louis B. Tiffany to foil and solder together beveled, clear glass shapes.

All equipment and materials are included to create up to two 6-8” works of art to take home.  

Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to mansion and gardensCapacity is limited to 15 participants. 

Not-Yet Members: $63; Members: $50.40

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Basic Floral Photography

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Frist Learning Center Painting Studio

Join professional photographer and owner of Tennessee Photographs, David Duplessis, to learn the basic principles of capturing nature’s beauty through a lens! This workshop is for all skill levels, whether you’re looking to start a new hobby or are a seasoned photographer interested in honing your craft. Participants should bring their own DSLR camera, lenses, a tripod, and a shutter release.  

Participants will meet in the Frist Learning Center Painting Studios before heading into the gardensThis workshop is held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Note this is not a macro photography workshop.  

Advanced registration is required, and includes daytime admission to mansion and gardensCapacity is limited to 15 participants. 

Not-Yet Members: $51; Members: $40.80

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