Della Watkins

I enjoyed interacting with VCU art education and art history faculty while at VCU. They were professional, knowledgeable, inspirational, and caring. The Art Ed department encouraged me to take on meaningful independent projects. One such project lead me into museum education. I’m now associate director of education and statewide partnerships for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

I worked eleven years in Virginia public school art classrooms and loved every minute interacting with children. Now, I enjoy working with museum visitors of all ages as I facilitate their understanding and delight of each original work of art.

Aside from my great love of reading and art historical research, I am an occasional painter and dapple in collage. Each medium helps me better understand technique, style, purpose and subject so that I might help others identify subtleties in processes; recognize cultural variations, and content nuances.

If you’re thinking about teaching art, be sure you have a passion for art and a strong desire to communicate that passion in articulate, accurate, fresh, and engaging ways.