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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.


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Refund Policy (Please Read!)

50% of your tuition payment is a non-refundable deposit. In the event that a student requests cancellation prior to 45 days of class/workshop commencement, he/she will be offered a course transfer or refund of 50% of the tuition payment. If a student cancels within 45 days prior to the first day of class, no refund will be made. The Bascom reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum enrollment, and full refunds will be issued.


Introduction to Woodturning

July 5, 2023 9:00 am - July 7, 2023 4:00 am
Instructor(s): John Tagliarini
$400 (Members); $475 (Non-Members)

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Students will make beautiful and useful turnings using the three basic cuts of woodturning with gouges. We will begin in “spindle orientation” by turning a mallet, a tool handle, a goblet, and a twig pot. Then we will transfer the learning to make at least two bowls, one with a round top and one with a natural edge. We will practice safe technique at the lathe as we also learn to sharpen the gouges using various jigs and tables. 


Making Large Pots on the Wheel

July 8, 2023 9:00 am - July 10, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): David Stuempfle and Chad Brown
$550 (Members); $625 (Non-Members)

David Stuempfle and Chad Brown

This is a process oriented workshop aimed toward intermediate and advanced level potters interested in making large scale work on the wheel. There will be both group demonstrations and individual instruction. Techniques covered will include coil and throw, paddle and anvil, and making pots in sections. Both Chad and David have deep connections to the Seagrove pottery traditions through family and work history. We will explore the history of Seagrove pottery and what it is like to work in a traditional pottery community.


Woodblock Prints with Jacoub Reyes

July 12, 2023 10:00 am - July 14, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Jacoub Reyes
$525 (Members); $600 (Non-Members)
This course is an introduction to woodblock printing. Students will draw, transfer, carve and print 9x12” blocks by methods of hand printing and using an etching press. Drawing and design are important; experimentation is encouraged. Notable artists covered include Pavel Acevedo, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Mk Kabrito, StinkFish, Mazatli, KillJoy, Judy Pfaff, Frank Stella, Ivan Bautista, among others.

Principles of Abstraction with Larry Moore

July 18, 2023 10:00 am - July 21, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Larry Moore
$700 (Members); $775 (Non-Members)

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Exploring abstracts on a larger scale in the medium of your choosing, this 4-day class will push you into new territory where growth lives only, upsized with bigger risks and rewards. You will be shown a system for developing your voice as an artist focusing on the principles of design and the language of abstraction. The emphasis is on creative process, exploring new ways to develop a painting, creating inventive compositions, and building authentic intent in your work. Larry’s goal is to help each artist find a way that works for them, whether they wish to interpret more, push their process or go fully abstract. He’s worked extensively in almost every medium, so all mediums are welcome.


Enhancing Light and Finishing Great with Bill Davidson

July 25, 2023 9:00 am - July 28, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Bill Davidson
$675 (Members); $750 (Non-Members)

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In a great fun and celebratory way we will have another high learning and joyful experience of a BILL WORKSHOP.
In addition to simplifying design , value and color  harmony theory with color impact (using grays to set up a great painting with the most efficient  and simplified processes), we will quickly advance into expressive, gestural surface quality and edges.
You can paint along with Bill and his scenes  or bring your own material.
In addition, Bill will lay out mental techniques for staying motivated and raising your level of awareness and joy to more fully enhance your art. Not a workshop , but a pleasurable growth experience .


Still life Painting in Oils with Marc Chatov

August 2, 2023 10:00 am - August 4, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Marc Chatov
$600 (Members); $675 (Non-Members)

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Still life Painting in Oils with Marc Chatov - Through painting the still-life, one can acquire the knowledge of ‘painting basics’. They apply to all painting and drawing in dealing with composition, value and application of paint. This workshop will be centered on utilizing objects of personal interest to develop compositions and design to a finished painting.

*Please bring 3-5 objects, simpler in form and design, to the workshop.


Functionally Sculptural Centerpieces

August 4, 2023 9:00 am - August 6, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Barry Gregg
$425 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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In this workshop we will explore form, surface, and essence in creating sculptural forms with function for the table or mantle. This workshop will explore numerous hand-building techniques to create large forms including pitchers, teapots, candlesticks, and vases. This is a hands-on workshop, and each student is encouraged to bring ideas and inspiration to make work that tells a personal story. A number of techniques will be demonstrated during the workshop. Mixed media elements, surface treatments, figurative and abstract forms and will be discussed during the course of the workshop.


August Beginner Slab Construction – Totems -

August 8, 2023 9:00 am - August 17, 2023 12:00 pm
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

In this class we will use the slab machine and/or the potter’s wheel to make various shapes that will be stacked together on a metal pole/rebar for either garden art or inside your home.  Students will need to source their own rebar and mounting base/block before class and have it ready on the first day of class.   Various hand building techniques will be demonstrated as well as student created templates and studio forms used to construct shapes.  Students need to bring resource materials for inspiration such as pictures, sketches, etc.

August 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, and 17th


August Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

August 8, 2023 1:00 pm - August 17, 2023 4:00 pm
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

August Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

Use this class and Open Studio time as a way to work on that specific project you have always wanted to start.  Bring ideas, sketches, pictures, and whatever personal research you have completed and the role of the teacher is to guide you through the process and help you complete your idea.  *It should be noted that not all ideas can be completed in 2 weeks and the time frame should be discussed with the instructor before starting.  This class is self-directed, the studio is open to other classes and open studio members.

August 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, and 17th


Using Realism and Abstraction in Landscape - Mark-making with Cold Wax with Chris Groves

August 9, 2023 10:00 am - August 11, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Chris Groves
$575 (Members); $650 (Non-Members)

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This workshop will focus on integrating artistic elements of landscape painting with principles of abstraction. Experimenting with mark-making in layers with cold wax using a variety of tools as a way of loosening up, as well as exploring design and composition to push outside the obvious. In addition, we will have heavy discussions and demos on color theory, refining application methods, and individual painting process, to further engage new directions in painting the landscape.

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

Call: 828-526-4949 (Main)
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in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.