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.

Programs and Policies

Class and Workshop Proposal

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.

Exploring Nature through Poetry with The Porch

Saturday, May 1
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Writers have long been inspired by nature and the other-than-human world. Spending time in nature can stoke our curiosity and creativity, and writing about what we see in nature can deepen our ability to be present and observant. The Porch instructor Melissa Jean, PhD, will guide participants in writing poetry while outdoors and engaged with nature. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with other-than-human beings, learn mindfulness practices to deepen their sensory and intuitive experiences of the natural world, and practice writing about nature in intimate and inventive ways.

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note cloth face coverings are required in outdoor areas except when maintaining a physical distance of at least 6’ from other visitors. Advanced registration is required.

Members: $41.60

Not-Yet Members:
$52.00 (includes daytime admission to gardens)

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Floral Photography: Composition 101 with Tennessee Photographs

Tennessee Photographs

Saturday, May 8
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Wills Perennial Garden

Taking photographs of flowers is enormously enjoyable, but even for seasoned photographers it can be surprisingly difficult to get it just right. In this workshop, David Duplessis of Tennessee Photographs will teach you the basic ins-and-outs of composition and flower photography*. This workshop is for all skill levels, whether you’re looking to start a new hobby or are interested in honing your skills. Please bring your camera, lenses, and tripod. This is a rain or shine workshop, so please dress accordingly. Note, this is not a Macro photography class.

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note cloth face coverings are required in outdoor areas except when maintaining a physical distance of at least 6’ from other visitors. Advanced registration is required.

Members: $41.60

Not-Yet Members:
$52.00 (includes daytime admission to gardens)

Register

Plein Air Painting Demonstrations with The Chestnut Group

Saturday, May 15
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Wills Perennial Garden

Join The Chestnut Group for a closer look at the basics of plein air painting! Through a variety of painting demonstrations, participants will learn essential tips and tricks for painting en plein air, from selecting the right equipment and tools to creating composition.

Painting with oils in the Plein Air tradition of the Impressionist, Karen Philpott will demonstrate the outdoor set up, how she selects her scene and the creative process of painting outdoors. Karen is an award winning landscape artist from Middle Tennessee and current President of The Chestnut Group, Plein Air Painters for the Land.

Todd Saal, also a member of The Chestnut Group, will demonstrate the unique challenges of painting Plein Air, Alla Prima with watercolor. He will convey his choice of minimal gear, allowing him to interpret a subject into a painting wherever he goes. Todd is native New Yorker and award winning watercolor artist and mentor enjoying living a creative life in Nashville, Tennessee.

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note cloth face coverings are required in outdoor areas except when maintaining a physical distance of at least 6’ from other visitors. Advanced registration is required.

Members: $38.40

Not-Yet Members: $48.00 (includes daytime admission to gardens)

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Pop Art Screen Printing with Hip Hues

Saturday, May 22
1:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Art Studios

Interested in screen printing but don’t know where to start? This screen printing workshop with Hip Hues covers the basics, from learning about the history of screen printing to coating a silkscreen to printing! Participants will create custom Pop Art designs on a washable, premium canvas tote (with a 5” gusset), as well as one to two 10”x12” canvas art prints fit for framing. All materials included to take home two to three individualized products!

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note cloth face coverings are required in indoor spaces. Advanced registration is required.

Members: $52.00

Not-Yet Members: $65.00 (includes daytime admission to gardens)

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Pop Reuse Sculpture with Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Saturday, May 29
1:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Frist Learning Center Art Studios

Join Turnip Green Creative Reuse to learn about sculpture, pop art, and reuse materials! Inspired by Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! exhibition at Cheekwood, this workshop combines hyper unnaturalistic color, exploration of reuse materials, and childhood imagination for a hands-on sculptural experience. Participants will playfully assemble various childhood objects onto a trophy base and finish the sculpture with a unifying color that is sure to pop! All materials included to create a 12″ sculpture to take home.

Capacity is limited to 15 participants to allow for social distancing. Please note cloth face coverings are required in indoor spaces. Advanced registration is required.

Members: $49.00

Not-Yet Members: $62.00 (includes daytime admission to gardens)

Register

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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