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Adult Education & Programs

Adult Education & 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!

Learn more about our program policies by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact education@cheekwood.org.

Adult classes and workshops are for participants 18 years old and older only. Minors should not be brought into classrooms and other instructional areas.

Programs and Policies

Class and Workshop Proposal

Fall 2022 Adult Education Series

Pricing includes the full course of all six classes

 

  • Gardening with the Grimaldis - A Family Affair

    Thursdays at 6:00 pm | Massey Auditorium
    Members: $216
    Not Yet Members: $270

    There’s no better place than Cheekwood to learn about all things gardening! Join Peter Grimaldi, Cheekwood’s Vice President of Gardens and Facilities, and Megan Grimaldi, a garden expert from Moore & Moore Garden Center, to explore ways design, build, and maintain better outdoor spaces. The six-part series will progressively establish a methodology for creating a space of your own and cover topics including garden resources, design, and maintenance. With over 40 years of professional gardening experience between them, Peter and Megan can answer any question and help gardeners take the next step in their educational journey.

    Week 1 (September 22): Garden Resources
    Become a garden guru by learning where to find high-quality, reliable information about plants and gardening.

    Week 2 (September 29): Garden Design
    Follow a simple framework of important steps for a successful design project on your property.

    Week 3 (October 6): Plant Selection 1
    Explore the Grimaldi’s’ personal plant collection and plants at Cheekwood to learn about dozens of plants and a simple way to organize a plant list.

    Week 4 (October 13): Plant Selection 2
    Follow the Grimaldi’s survey of the native vs. exotic debate and discuss the importance of gardening for birds and pollinators.

    Week 5 (October 20): Installation, Care, and Maintenance
    Learn from over forty years of unique experience in home gardening, landscape construction, and garden maintenance.

    Week 6 (October 27): The Complete Process
    Apply each step of the process learned over the past several weeks to real-life examples of recent and future enhancements at Cheekwood and the Grimaldi’s personal property.

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  • Introduction to Painting

    Thursdays at 5:30 pm | Frist Learning Center Painting Studios
    Members: $264
    Not Yet Members: $330

    This course is designed to introduce the basic elements of painting to students with little or no experience. Participants will begin by learning the elements and principles of art, with visits to Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection Galleries to complement classroom instruction. Students will then work with three media: acrylic, gouache, and watercolor before spending the last class painting a Cheekwood-inspired landscape.

    Week 1 (September 22): The Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Value
    Meet the elements of art in classroom and then visit the Cheekwood Permanent Collection Galleries to see them in action.

    Week 2 (September 29): Principles of Painting: Balance, Movement, Pattern, Proportion
    Strengthen your foundation by learning about the principles of painting and go back to the galleries to revisit the works, this time with the principles in mind.

    Week 3 (October 6): Color Theory
    Work with acrylic paint to create a color wheel and start to get a feel for blending paint to create different hues.

    Week 4 (October 13): Get to know Gouache

    Week 5 (October 20): Work with Watercolor

    Week 6 (October 27): Paint a Landscape
    Choose between acrylic, gouache, and watercolor and paint a landscape inspired by Cheekwood.

    Meet the Instructor:
    Jeff Clark has been the Visual Arts teacher for Goodlettsville Middle School since 2009. He is a 15-year veteran teacher with Metro Nashville Public Schools. In 2006-2007, he taught painting classes at the Cumberland Art Society in Cookeville, TN. He taught one digital photography class for Watkins Summer Arts Program in 2008. His work was recently displayed at the Frist Art Museum as part of the Nashville Art Teachers: Beyond the Classroom exhibition.
    His main area in art making is acrylic and oil landscape painting, but he enjoys woodworking, 3D print sculptural designing, landscaping, & pixel art making.

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  • Introduction to Ceramics | Sold Out

    Thursdays at 6:30 pm | Frist Learning Center Clay Studio
    Members: $264
    Not Yet Members: $330

    This course is designed to introduce the basic elements of hand building and throwing ceramics on a wheel to students with little or no experience. The introductory session focuses on the history of ceramics and a small hand building project to get students comfortable with clay. During weeks 2-5, students will work on two projects each session, one will be hand built and the other will be created using the wheel. The last session will be spent glazing all finished projects to prepare them to be fired.

    Week 1 (September 29): Introduction to Ceramics: History, Collection Connections, and a Pinch Pot

    Week 2 (October 6): On the Wheel – Vase | Hand Build – Butter Dish with Lid

    Week 3 (October 13): On the Wheel – Bowl or Planter | Hand Build – Square Lantern

    Week 4 (October 20): On the Wheel – Mug with handle | Hand Build – Mask

    Week 5 (October 27): On the Wheel – Vase 2 | Hand Build – Detailing for Square Lantern

    Week 6 (November 3): Glazing all finished pieces

    Meet the Instructor:
    Kelsey Smith, owner of Hilo Studios, is a functional potter and artist native to Middle Tennessee. Kelsey is a lover of all art practices and helping people along their creative journeys. She graduated with her BFA in ceramics from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. Since then, she has honed her passion for helping others create by teaching at several art education institutions including Cheekwood, the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, and her own studio. Her work has been in a number of honorable shows and publications including The Bloom Stage, Murfreesboro Magazine, and she recently won Best New Exhibitor at the 51st Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair. After years of working as an art educator, Kelsey is currently serving on the board at the Rutherford Art Alliance and creating functional ceramics full-time in her home studio. You can find her work at Church Street Gallery, Steadfast Flowers Urban Farm, and at www.hilostudios.co.

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Cancellation Policy for All Series:

Refund requests must be submitted to education@cheekwood.org 72 hours prior to the program’s start date and time. The registration fee will be refunded less a ten percent processing charge.
Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable on and after the program’s start date. Cheekwood cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to illness or other personal situations.

Rose Show Weekend | September 17 - 18  

  • Watercolor Roses with Dani Taylor | Sold Out

    Saturday, September 17

    Explore the beauty and versatility of roses with this botanical drawing and painting class! Led by local artist Dani Taylor, participants will learn foundational watercolor painting techniques to capture the essence of the delicate, velvety rose. Participants will get an up-close and personal look at the Nashville Rose Show and create their own painted floral masterpiece.

    Not Yet Members: $62
    Members: $49.60

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  • Pick-Your-Own-Bouquet Workshop with The Rose Society | Sold Out

    Sunday, September 18
    10 AM – 12 PM

    As the weather cools, what does a rose garden need to thrive? Led by members of the Nashville Rose Society, this workshop will cover fall activities like fertilizing, spraying, watering, deadheading, and winterizing roses. Participants will leave with their own bouquet of roses from the Rose Study Garden. Vases will not be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own if desired- we recommend selecting a vase with a 3inch in diameter opening. Mason Jars work great, too!

    Not Yet Members: $35
    Members: $28

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Pumpkin Weekend | September 24 - 25  

  • Exploring Oil Painting: Pumpkin Portraits with Rolinda Stotts

    Saturday, September 24
    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Follow local artist Rolinda Stotts for a journey through oil painting with a harvest twist! Participants of this workshop will visit the Cheekwood Pumpkin Village to select a pumpkin or gourd of their own and return to the painting studios to learn basic oil painting techniques, finishing the class with a 9×9 pumpkin portrait!

    Not Yet Members: $75
    Members: $60

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  • Carving Techniques: Spooky Sculptures! with Liza Slaughter-Barker

    Saturday, September 24
    2 – 4 PM

    Join renowned sculptor Liza Slaughter-Barker for an afternoon of pumpkin carving fun! Liza will walk participants through his tips and techniques for creating a detailed, three-dimensional, spooky pumpkin carving!

    Not Yet Members: $75
    Members: $60

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Fall Wellness Weekend | October 1 - 2  

  • Senses and Self Care with Adria Osborne

    Saturday, October 1
    10 AM – 12 PM

    Learn the basics of salve making with local herbalist, and Cheekwood Garden Educator, Adria Osborne. Participants will learn to make an all-purpose healing salve (wonderful for cuts, scrapes, bruises & bug bites), and can use this knowledge to create their own salve for specific purposes – such as eczema, sore muscle balm or a balm to help soothe tension and ease headaches.

    Clear your energy and mind with the guidance of a trained herbalist, who will provide insight on traditional herbs used for creating smudge sticks, along with the meaning behind them.

    After a demonstration, participants will create two smudge sticks and one 2oz. tin of healing salve.

    Not Yet Members: $55
    Members: $44

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  • Meditative Mandalas with Christine Croom of Planted Self Care

    Saturday, October 1
    1 – 3 PM

    Find the perfect blend of art, horticulture, and wellness with this therapeutic workshop led by Planted Self Care owner Christine Croom, MS. Learn about mandalas (Sanskrit for “circle”), which hold symbolic and meditative qualities. Participants will then mindfully arrange fall blooms and plant material in a mandala design on a float frame.

    Not Yet Members: $62
    Members: $49.60

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Moon Viewing Weekend | October 8 - 9  

  • Shibori with Stony Creek Colors | Sold Out

    Saturday, October 8
    10 AM – 12 PM

    Join Stony Creek Colors for a hands-on shibori workshop using natural indigo grown by middle-Tennessee farmers. Learn traditional shibori techniques, a Japanese tie-dyeing method originating almost 2,000 years ago, to make unique moon and star patterns to as part of Cheekwood’s 8th Annual Japanese Moon Viewing festival. Attendees of this event will receive a clothing item and a 100% silk scarf to hand dye with natural indigo vats prepared by the Stony Creek Colors team.

    Stony Creek Colors manufactures traceable, plant-based dyes that enrich farm ecosystems, help fight climate change, and empower people with safer, cleaner colors. Participants will be dyeing with IndiGold®, the world’s first pre-reduced 100% bio-based indigo liquid dye designed for dyers of all skill and knowledge levels. Be one of the first to experience the gold standard and future of indigo dyeing.

    Not Yet Members: $75
    Members: $60

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  • Japanese Calligraphy with the Tennessee Language Center

    Saturday, October 8
    1 – 3 PM

    During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the 3 writing systems of the Japanese language, their history and uses. After learning the basics, participants will have the opportunity to create their own calligraphy to take home. In partnership with The Language Center with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.

    Not Yet Members: $55
    Members: $44

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All About Addams Weekend | October 15 - 16  

  • Charles Addams-Inspired Creations with Beth Reitmeyer

    Saturday, October 15
    10 AM – 12 PM

    Inspired by the exhibition: Inside the World of Charles Addams, join local artist Beth Reitmeyer on a journey through gouache, pen, and ink, and create your own unique scene filled with stylized figures and macabre humor.

    Not Yet Members: $62
    Members: $49.60

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  • Botanical Wall Hangings with Jennifer Fleischer of Ibu Textiles

    Saturday, October 15
    12:30 – 2:30 PM

    Looking for a unique way to display your favorite air plant? Nashville artist Jennifer Fleischer of Ibu Textiles will teach you how to create your own woven wall hanging that is sure to add a botanical flair to any space. Working on frame looms, we will design and develop your own woven tapestry. From there, we will incorporate air plants that are easy to care for. All materials and plants included.

    Not Yet Members: $62
    Members: $49.60

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Become a Docent

Are you an avid gardener, an admirer of the arts, or intrigued by Nashville’s rich history? Do you enjoy sharing your interests and knowledge with your community? If so, you may be interested in Cheekwood’s Docent Program! Join the docent program and get behind-the-scenes information and training on Cheekwood’s 55 acres of gardens, historical mansion, and art exhibitions from Cheekwood staff. Cheekwood offers the opportunity to train as a Garden Docent, House and History Docent, and Exhibition Docent. As key members of our team, docents act as volunteer teachers and tour guides while sharing their passion for Cheekwood’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, gardens, and historical residence with visitors of all ages.

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