Youth And Family Art Programs

The Bascom's Education Department is committed to providing life-enriching experiences through comprehensive arts education for children and youth. We offer a variety of educational programs which include workshops, ongoing classes, Private Art Classes, field trips, demonstrations, and community classes, designed to meet the needs of young artists of all skill levels.  Scholarships, sponsored by the Cullasaja Women's Outreach, ensure that all students can participate.


Youth Private Art Classes

Schedule a personalized art experience in drawing, painting, or mixed-media for your young artist, yourself, or a small group!

Youth Private Clay Class

When our regular youth pottery offerings fall on inconvenient dates or times, The Bascom offers “Private Clay Classes”, custom designed classes for individuals or groups.  

Fun AND Free Activities Year-Round:

The Bascom smART Space
Temporarily Closed
Please visit The Bascom’s interactive learning environment located in the Greehey Atrium Landing. Explore self-guided art activities, books from The Bascom Library, participate in a Lego building challenge, and more!

Hudson Library KID ZONE
Temporarily Cancelled
The Bascom Education & Outreach Department is proud to partner with the Hudson Library for Kid Zone With The Bascom every 1st Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm! Come down to The Hudson Library for literary themed visual art projects with The Bascom. 
(picture courtesy The Plateau Daily News)

After School Art and Extracurricular Programs
Temporarily Cancelled
The Bascom works with several schools, and after school enrichment programs in the Highlands-Cashiers area as part of our Community Education Initiative. Chances are, your young artist is already participating with The Bascom through a Community Education program.

The Ruth Eckerd Children’s Gallery
Temporarily Closed
Visit the Bascom’s Trail Level to view selections of work from the Bascom’s Community Outreach and Summer Programs, and participate in our exhibition related gallery activities in the Ruth Eckerd Children’s Gallery.


Kids Hike Highlands Passport Program

The Bascom is one of four kid-friendly trails needed to complete the stamps on your passport and receive a "I Hiked Highlands" sticker and pin!

Read2Me Story Walk

Located along the Bascom Nature Trail, and connected with the Highlands Plateau Greenway, the Story Walk provides visitors and families the opportunity to read while enjoying the outdoors. Please come and read “The Bugliest Bug”, by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Scott Nash!


There's no better way to inspire creativity than to be exposed to creative works!  The Bascom's exhibition galleries are admission free and open to the public year round.
“We help them with the notion that they are artists and everything they do is an expression of themselves… 
We are developing the whole child.” - Bonnie Abbott, Teacher, Free Art Camp for Macon and Jackson County Youth 

“Art lets me express myself in a different way than technology does.” - Eric Martinez, Summit Charter School Student
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323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741
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