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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.


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.


Ease & Flow: Create Inspired & Free Paintings

July 21, 2021 9:00 am - July 23, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Nancy Franke
$600 (Members); $650 (Non-Members)

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This three-day workshop will help you transform your art in a more modern and expressive way!


Abstraction in Acrylics & Gouache

July 27, 2021 9:00 am - July 30, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Larry Moore
$650 (Members); $700 (Non-Members)

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In this 4 day class we will cover the fundamentals of abstract art. It’s not specifically a non-objective (pure abstract) class, you get to decide the level of abstraction you wish to explore. It is more a learn-how-to-think kind of a class where you will receive a process that you can do on your own at home.


Playing with the Figurative

July 30, 2021 10:00 am - August 1, 2021 5:00 am
Instructor(s): Nancy Kubale
$400 (Members); $450 (Non-Members)

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This workshop will cover hand-building exercises that promote creativity with and through the figure.


Realism vs Abstraction in Landscape Using Oil, Various Mediums & Mixed Media Studio Workshop

August 4, 2021 10:00 am - August 6, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Chris Groves
$450 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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This workshop will cover two main topics: Pushing one’s landscape artwork with a variety of mediums and tools as a way of loosening up, as well as heavy discussion on changing design and composition to push outside the obvious.

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