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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.


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.

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.


Painting Vibrant Flowers with Fun and Ease in Oils with Pat Fiorello

August 16, 2023 10:00 am - August 18, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Pat Fiorello
$450 (Members); $525 (Non-Members)

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In this 3-day workshop, you will learn how to paint vibrant flowers while simplifying complex floral shapes, so you “suggest” rather than render every last petal.
We’ll cover how to depict form thru observation of light and shadow patterns, mix clean color (and avoid mud) using a transparent underpainting approach and add expressive brushwork to your paintings.
 On Day 1, we'll paint together with photo supplied by the instructor to learn the technique. On Days 2 and 3 you will bring in simple flowers to practice the technique and paint from life. (Instructions for that will be given on Day 1).


Introduction to Painting with Armand Cabrera

August 23, 2023 10:00 am - August 25, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Armand Cabrera
$475 (Members); $550 (Non-Members)

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This class is designed for 2 types of individuals: 
• Those who are interested in painting but need the basics to get started.
• People who haven’t painted in a long time and want to refresh their knowledge.
The class will cover all aspects of painting.  I will show you how to set up and care for materials, the proper use and handling of those materials, and the basic steps for creating your own art. I will demo every day and discuss my approach to drawing, color mixing and paint application. A fun, non-competitive environment.


Landscape Expressions with David Skinner

August 31, 2023 10:00 am - September 1, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): David Skinner
$475 (Members); $550 (Non-Members)

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Landscape Expressions is a two day painting workshop with well-known landscape painter David Skinner. The workshop will focus on landscape imagery and how to capture the light and colors of nature in a way that is full of expression and unique to each painter. David will offer daily lectures and demonstrations on the visual dynamics that make a paintings successful and how to bring your work to the next level. You will be working with acrylic paints that David will show you how to master and understand the versatility of acrylic paints and why they are the perfect medium for the kind of loose, expressive painting that David specializes in.  


September Glaze Testing, Formulation, and Application

September 5, 2023 9:00 am - September 14, 2023 12:00 pm
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

September Galze Testing

Students will learn the basics for testing glaze using test tiles, mixing new glaze and using a line progression to make new colors, and finally applying glazes to pots.  Students need to have some pots already made as most of the class time will be used testing glaze. 

September 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, and 14th


Encaustic Excitement with Sue Fazio

September 5, 2023 10:00 am - September 8, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Sue Fazio
$450 (Members); $525 (Non-Members)

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Come play with us in this highly energetic, extremely productive environment.  Let your hearts soar with the joy of creating with this ancient medium. 


Farmed and Foraged — The Basics of Sustainable Floral Arranging

September 7, 2023 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Instructor(s): Christy Cucuru
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

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Sourcing locally farmed and foraged blooms as possible and taught the basics of arranging with floral pin frogs instead of foam (there could be plenty of other arranging options/classes too). We also helped each attendee photograph his or her arrangement so they could print them out or share with others. It would be amazing to work directly with your ceramic students or teachers and artists for vessels.

Weather permitting, we will begin with a walk along the Bascom trail where Christy will point out local greens to forage. After the stroll, Christy will demonstrate how to arrange a low and lush centerpiece while talking you through her basic design philosophy and principles, using foam free techniques. Then, it's your turn to create your own arrangement. You will receive one-on-one support and guidance throughout the entire process and have a huge assortment of flowers and foliage to choose from. We intentionally limit attendance to just 12 participants so that the entire experience is personal and intimate

.Our goal is for you to express your creativity using flowers and enjoy the view of our farm. We want you to feel empowered to buy a bundle of flowers from a local farm or grocery store and have the confidence to create something beautiful. If you are planning a DIY wedding, this is a great way to gain some skills to use in designing your own wedding flowers. No prior experience necessary!

Supplies Required:
Floral pruners and/or snips, pin frog or chicken wire, medium-sized compote ceramic vessel, lazy susan.


Abstraction in Acrylics with Leslie Newman

September 13, 2023 10:00 am - September 15, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Leslie Newman
$550 (Members); $625 (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 have a basic understanding of color or want to experiment with new ways of using these or those who are stuck in a slump. Leslie will start with a demonstration of the many approaches she uses to create an abstract painting. There will be guided exercises to help you liberate your individual style and explore where your journey will take you in the art of abstract. There will be no expectations, negative voices, dismissive criticism. This will be all about fun. We will touch on the color wheel and color mixing to assure everyone has the same basic understanding of these concepts. We will explore various washes and landing points building and subtracting. We will discuss the many different styles of composition including value and shape.

You will learn to be generous with yourself. Get out of your comfort zone, let loose your creativity, get rid of that inner critic that has you stuck. So that by the final phase, you will be able to put the finishing touches on your own beautiful abstract painting.


Handmade Photobooks with Erik Mace

September 20, 2023 10:00 am - September 23, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Erik Mace
$450 (Members); $525 (Non-Members)

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This onsite workshop will be an immersive primer into the world of handmade photobooks, using the Bartram Trail as our muse. With curiosity and wonder as our guide, we’ll explore a one-mile section of the trail while cultivating a joyful conversation with the land. Each participant will have the same goal: photographing with the form of a book in mind, sequencing those images, then printing and binding them into a handmade, single-edition book. As a group, we'll explore how bookmaking uniquely informs our photographic decisions. We will use this engaging three-day experience to focus on a finished object that intimately describes our own conversation with the land.

This workshop is open to photographers and makers of all levels. Participants will be offered the opportunity to have their photographs juried into the Listening to the Land: Reimagining the Bartram Trail community exhibition in Fall 2023.

Photo Credit:  Erik Mace


Intermediate Woodturning

September 27, 2023 9:00 am - September 29, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): John Tagliarini
$400 (Members); $475 (Non-Members)

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Students will hone their skills on the three basic cuts, and we will add pull and shear cuts to their repertoire. We will focus on bowls: live edge, round edge, broad rim for enhancements, and a bowl with wings. Students may also expect to do some spindle turning by making a box and a goblet (with or without captured rings). Other projects and diagnostic turning will include a mallet and a tool handle.


Reviving Myth

October 6, 2023 9:00 am - October 8, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kirsten Stingle
$425 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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Become a rabbit and let’s fall down the rabbit hole together….In oral traditions, myths and stories were created to help us better understand and interact with our world. Because they were spoken, they could adapt with the telling to reflect societal and environmental changes through the years.  In this class we will explore how to rewild old stories, or create altogether new ones, through narrative sculpture.  Kirsten encourages everyone to bring their favorite tales, characters, or archetypes and together we will explore new ways of expressing them and releasing their lessons. Kirsten will lead students in creating a 15”- 18” coiled torso through a step-by-step process guided by anatomy and proportion.  No previous figurative experience is required. Particular attention will be given to the importance of gesture and expression as narrative tools as well as the expansion of storytelling potential through the addition of found objects. Texture and surface design will be discussed. Individual attention will be emphasized throughout the class to help each student manifest their vision.  

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