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Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Hands-on opportunities for artists of all skill levels in a variety of mediums

Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Hands-on opportunities for artists of all skill levels in a variety of mediums

Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Hands-on opportunities for artists of all skill levels in a variety of mediums

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Classes & Workshops

Our classes and workshops offer artists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to get real hands-on instruction in a variety of mediums. Learn from professionals alongside others who share your passion for the visual arts.

Skill Level

  • Level 0: No Experience Necessary
  • Level I: 1 - 2 Years' Experience
  • Level II: 2 - 5 Years' Experience
  • Level III: 5+ Years' Experience/Professional


Tuition is presented as Member Cost; Non-Member Cost. One of the great benefits of being a Bascom Member is the discount you receives on classes and workshops. Not yet a Member? JOIN NOW!


Our new online registration system makes it easy to browse our catalog, register for multiple classes in a single transaction, and to manage your registrations online. To register, simply click on the REGISTER button for the class or workshop you're interested in.

Updated 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.

Prefer to register by phone? We encourage you to use our new and improved online registration system, which gives you full control over your registration. However, if you prefer to register and pay by phone, please call 828.526.4949.

Financial Assistance

Art classes can be costly, but we do not want financial constraints to prevent you from participating in our educational offerings. That is why we offer need-based scholarships. If you need financial aid, please complete the Scholarship Application or contact our Community Outreach Department. Scholarships are generously sponsored by the Cullasaja Women’s Outreach.


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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