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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.


Professional Development Opportunity for Educators in Macon and Jackson Counties!

March 12, 2022 9:30 am -5:00 pm

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The Bascom and The Southeast Center for Arts Integration: SECAI inspires teachers to embrace the arts as the powerful teaching tools they are by engaging them in experiential, arts-integrated learning that all teachers can use.

The Bascom and The Southeast Center for Arts Integration (SECAI) are working together for the first time in 2020 to motivate educators in Western North Carolina to use the arts in the classroom by demonstrating connections between brain research, multiple intelligences theory, and state standards. SECAI inspires teachers to embrace the arts as the powerful teaching tools they are by engaging them in arts-integrated learning that all teachers can use in the classroom. We enable them to teach with the arts immediately by providing practical tools and demonstrating arts-integrated lessons.



Form and Structure

March 25, 2022 9:00 am - March 27, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kirsten Stingle
$400 for Members; $450 for Non-Members

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There are an infinite number of ways to create narrative expression through figurative sculpture. In this fun filled three-day workshop, students will create a 15” hanging piece that combines the small human torso and an abstracted, textural skirt.


Eloquent and Zoomorphic Forms: Shaping, Altering, and Line work

April 25, 2022 9:00 am - April 29, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Ben Owen III and Fred Johnston
$800 for Members; $850 for Non-Members

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This 5-day, hands-on intensive workshop will explore learning to see and visualize ceramics through the history of different functional and decorative styles.


Sculpting Birds

May 13, 2022 9:00 am - May 15, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Christine Kosiba
$400 for Members; $450 for Non-Members

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Spread your sculpting wings in this 3-day, hands-on intensive workshop focused on birds and basic bird anatomy with specific interest in the aerodynamics of flight.


The Art of Abstract

May 25, 2022 10:00 am - May 27, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Les Newman
$500 for Members; $550 for Non-Members

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This three-day workshop is designed for the New and or Experienced Abstract Artist working with acrylic painting materials. Open to those who are familiar with acrylics and a basic understanding of color or want to experiment with new ways.


Beginning Oils: Still Life with Limited Palette

June 1, 2022 10:00 am - June 2, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Andrew Trosman
$400 for Members; $450 for Non-members

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Create paintings using three principles: line, tone and color.


Mystical Landscape Painting

June 8, 2022 9:00 am - June 10, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kristen Eisenbraun
$500 for Members; $550 for Non-Members

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Each student will create a small mystical landscape painting using oil paint on canvas. Students will learn: color mixing, paint application, and the use of various elements and light to add magic to the canvas.


Keys to Colorful and Professional Oil Paintings

June 15, 2022 10:00 am - June 17, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): John Guernsey
$400 for Members; $450 for Non-Members

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Successful oil paintings don’t just happen; they’re the result of the careful study and understanding of a few key concepts. In this workshop we’ll isolate and explore those concepts in a series of small studies, and combine them into larger projects.


Watercolor Change Up

June 22, 2022 10:00 am - June 24, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Carol Conti
$350 for Members; $400 for Non-Members

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Ever wonder what to do with work you are not happy with? Learn how to paint out and add stamped texture with Gesso to create new and exciting pieces.


Expect the Unexpected – A Clay Workshop with Cold Finishes and Solid Sculpting

June 24, 2022 9:00 am - June 26, 2022 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kelly Thiel
$400 for Members; $450 for Non-Members

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This will be an action-packed class for all levels of sculptors! We will be taking some time in the beginning of class to work on finishing – with underglazes and/or engobes, dry clays, acrylic paint and inks.

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Whether you fell in love with a piece or were moved by an exhibit, inspired by an instructor, had a blast in our smART Space, or any other wonderful experience at The Bascom, we want to hear about it!

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Winter Hours

Exhibitions & Shop:
Wednesday - Saturday; 10am - 4pm

Studio Barn Hours:
Monday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm
Sunday; 12pm/Noon - 5pm

Find Us Online:


Visit: 323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741 (Map It)

Call: 828-526-4949 (Main)
828-787-2892 (Ceramics Studio)

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at http://www.ncarts.org.

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Funded in part by a grant from South Arts
in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.