The Bascom's Education Department is committed to providing life-enriching experiences through comprehensive arts education for children and adults. We offer a variety of educational programs which include workshops, ongoing classes, Art by Appointment, Open Studio Packages, field trips, demonstrations, community classes, and clubs - designed to meet the needs of artists of all skill levels. 
Scholarships, sponsored by the Jane Woodruff Foundation, ensure that all students can participate.

After School Art and Extracurricular Programs
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. Please visit to discover the many great organizations enriching young people’s lives with The Bascom as an important component of their programs.

The Bascom SmArt Space
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!

The Ruth Eckerd Children’s Gallery
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.

Youth Summer Art Programs: 
June – August
Spend the summer in a fun, youth-centered art community at The Bascom! The Bascom’s Summer Art Programs provide an exciting and creative learning environment where kids and families can explore a variety of creative experiences. 

Free Art Workshop For Macon and Jackson County Residents
June 5 – 7; 10 am – 12 pm
Ages 7 – 12
Tuition: Free!

Weekly Summer Youth Studio Days
Tuesday – Friday; 10 am – 12 pm 
Ages: 7 - 12
Each day there will be a new, inspiring project. Come each day or drop in for one session during the week.  
Please call or visit for current dates, times, and topics.
Tuition $50 per session/More info coming soon!

Youth Pottery with Ceramics Resident Artist

Select Wednesdays each month10 am – Noon and 3:15 pm – 5 pm
June and July/Select Monday's and Wednesday's 10 am - 11:30 am
Level: All
Click Here To View Youth Pottery Classes
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“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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