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Classes & Workshops

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.


To register for any of our classes or workshops, simply click the REGISTER button for that class or workshop.

Prefer to resister over the phone?
Call 828.526.4949.


Animal Sculpture

May 14, 2021 10:00 am - May 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Instructor(s): Christine Kosiba
$450 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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A three-day intensive, hands-on workshop for participants to sculpt an animal of their choice utilizing basic hand building techniques.


Beginning Oils: Still Life with Limited Palette

June 2, 2021 10:00 am - June 4, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Andrew Trosman
$400 (Members); $450 (Non-Members)

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Create paintings using three principles: line, tone and color.  We will begin with a simple still life drawing on canvas followed by demonstrations and discussions of tone (the lights and darks that build depth) and then introduce color.


Intermediate Landscape Photography

June 10, 2021 10:00 am - June 12, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Dylan Lytle
$375 (Members); $425 (Non-Members)

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A 3-day landscape photography course for intermediate-level photographers* including two days in the classroom and one day in the field.


Introduction to Woodturning

June 16, 2021 9:00 am - June 18, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): John Tagliarini
$375 (Members); $425 (Non-Members)

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Turn beautiful and functional items from wood. We will develop the skills necessary to turn beads, coves, and straight cuts.


Three Potters Symposium

June 19, 2021 10:00 am -4:00 am
Instructor(s): Matt Schiemann, Takuro Shibata, Hitomi Shibata
$60 (Members); $110 (Non-Members)

The Bascom welcomes Matt Schiemann, Takuro Shibata, and Hitomi Shibata for our 11th annual Three Potters Symposium.


The Keys to Better Painting

June 23, 2021 10:00 am - June 25, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Armand Cabrera
$425 (Members); $475 (Non-Members)

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This workshop will focus on key solutions to issues many artists struggle with, mixing clean color, seeing light and dark values correctly, and designing interesting compositions.


The Masks We Wear

June 25, 2021 10:00 am - June 27, 2021 5:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kelly Thiel
$450 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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Historically, masks have been used in theatre for centuries for plays and special performances. The Covid-19 global pandemic then required us to wear a different type of mask daily, and many people became comfortable hiding behind their masks. Let’s get back to the more fun and dramatic types of masks used in plays and performances, and create some alter egos!


Low Light and Night Sky Photography

July 7, 2021 - July 9, 2021
Instructor(s): Ben Bookout
$375 (Members); $425 (Non-Members)

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This course will be a study in image making in low light. This condition may be indoors, at dusk and dawn and at night. We will concentrate on with some ambient light and conditions with very little light.


Wall Sculptures & Installations

July 9, 2021 10:00 am - July 11, 2021 5:00 pm
Instructor(s): Barry Gregg
$400 (Members); $450 (Non-Members)

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Participants in this 3-day, hands-on workshop will learn about and create sculptural forms with function for individual wall pieces or installations.


Painting Smarter, Not Harder

July 13, 2021 9:00 am - July 16, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Bill Davidson
$650 (Members); $700 (Non-Members)

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In this workshop, we will explore techniques to paint smarter (not harder), to see better, and to eliminate confusing mental thoughts that might hamper your creative process.

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