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Early Bird Registration

Registration for The Bascom's 2023 classes and workshops is now open. The Bascom encourages members to take advantage of Early Bird Registration from January to March 1.

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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05
May
2023

Process, Techniques, and Design at Jugtown Pottery with Travis Owens

May 5, 2023 9:00 am - May 7, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Travis Owens
$425 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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During this workshop, Travis will demonstrate making several Jugtown forms, as well as shapes made in NC for generations. Attendants can use these forms as inspiration, and Travis will give help and suggestions as everyone creates the shapes as they interpret them. Travis will demonstrate pitchers, a few Jugtown vase forms, and a larger jar. Over the course of three days, Travis will finish up each of the shapes, adding handles and embellishments, and in turn, everyone can see his techniques. His demonstrations and images that will be shown, along with hands on instruction, will help everyone find their approach to these forms.  

11
May
2023

The Placemakers Academy Live Garden Design Workshop with Dargan Landscape Architects

May 11, 2023 10:00 am -12:30 pm
Instructor(s): Mary Palmer Dargan and Arielle McIntyre
$75 (Members); $150 (Non-Members)

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Mary Palmer Dargan, principal of the international design award-winning firm, Dargan Landscape Architects, and Arielle McIntyre, apprentice landscape designer, are hosting a LIVE garden design workshop. Together, participants design a site-specific, stunning and functional garden concept. This creative work is intended for implementation on a pre-selected area of the Bascom campus.

17
May
2023

A Sense of Place: Site-Specific Cyanotypes with Eric William Carroll

May 17, 2023 10:00 am - May 19, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Eric William Carroll
$450 (Members); $525 (Non-Members)

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Over the course of three days, participants will learn the cyanotype process & use it to creatively respond to our surrounding environment. Using the methods of William Bartram and the beauty of the Bartram Trail as our foundation, we will explore both cameraless and digital negative approaches and examine how research, history, and site-specificity can inform our work and even function as an unspoken collaborator. This workshop is geared for students with little-to-no experience with cyanotypes, but even a seasoned practitioner should find value in this unique approach to the medium.

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:  Eric William Carroll

24
May
2023

Introduction to Drawing with Steve Reagan

May 24, 2023 10:00 am - May 26, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Steve Reagan
$350 (Members); $425 (Non-Members)

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Want to learn the very basics of drawing and learn to better appreciate art? Then this is the class for you. Come join Steve Reagan, former art teacher and owner of SpaceAgeMakers. Share his insight into what makes a good drawing and how to apply the basics, guaranteed to improve your drawing. Never tried your hand at drawing?- even better. Come enjoy a fun, relaxed  environment as you gain understanding into how to create the foundation for a quality drawing. Develop skills that will help you in all your art endeavors!

31
May
2023

Oil Painting for Everyone with Cath Connolly Hudson

May 31, 2023 10:00 am - June 2, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Cath Connolly Hudson
$450 (Members); $525 (Non-Members)

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The workshop is especially designed for the novice: Someone who has wanted to try oil painting but is not sure where to begin. We’ll cover all the basics of materials and techniques and how to use a photo reference to capture a sense of place in the landscape. Come explore your creative side and paint like the Impressionists, capturing light and form in the landscape.

With the beautiful NC mountains as our inspiration you will finish the course with a landscape painting ready to hang!

Your Instructor: Cath Connolly Hudson
Cath Connolly Hudson is an experienced local artist with a teaching background and a passion for helping others explore their creative paths along this beginners journey and help you find your artist’s voice.

02
Jun
2023

Sculpting Animals

June 2, 2023 9:00 am - June 4, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Katherine Maloney
$425 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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During this three day workshop, students will learn how to sculpt expressive animal forms, drawing inspiration from animal narrative within historical art and personal experiences. Throughout the weekend, we’ll build multiple sculptures to practice scale and details while learning various techniques including the hollowing method and coil building to form larger animals. Instruction will include individual guidance on portraying emotion and character through facial expressions or gesture and students are encouraged to bring their own aesthetic approach, whether whimsical or realistic. We’ll also explore methods for achieving textured surfaces such as creating feathers, fur, or designs using slips and oxides washes. While the workshop does not include a firing, we’ll discuss various ways to glaze and fire the completed sculptures. Students can bring their favorite sculpting and clay tools along with a sketchbook and printed images of animals they might want to create. Join us for a playful exploration into representing with clay the animals that bring us wonder in our everyday lives!

07
Jun
2023

Taking the Landscape Toward Abstraction with Karen Weihs

June 7, 2023 10:00 am - June 9, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Karen Weihs
$500 (Members); 575 (Non-Members)

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Students will learn various techniques on how to manipulate palette knives and make a great variety of marks. Information on paint manipulation and brushwork. Each morning there will be demos and in the afternoon I will spend time with each student helping them through the process.

14
Jun
2023

Use Creative Color and Composition to Make Your Oil Paintings Come to Life with John Guernsey

June 14, 2023 10:00 am - June 16, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): John Guernsey
$475 (Members); $550 (Non-Members)

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Color and composition are both key concepts that enable painters to share their unique vision and tell a story in their paintings.  In this workshop we'll share some unique ideas, and paint some studies, as well as larger projects, with an emphasis on color and composition, along with other important painting concepts. This will be an impressionistic approach - ’saying’ the most with limited detail.  The goal is to create paintings that intrigue and communicate to viewers.
Expect a focused, yet relaxed, atmosphere with lots of fun and camaraderie. We’ll cover both landscape and still life.

22
Jun
2023

Still-life painting with Gina Brown

June 22, 2023 9:00 am - June 23, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Gina Brown
$575 (Members); $650 (Non-Members)

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This 2 day still life oil painting workshop is for all level artists, *beginners to advanced, that want to learn a new style of painting that results in loose and free paintings. The focus will be learning to apply fresh bold strokes while painting with confident intention. Learn to paint in a more simple, childlike way, while learning to enjoy the desire to create within. The workshop will consist of demonstrations with step by step explanation and exercises. Plenty of painting time will be provided with one on one instruction and assistance. A supply list will be emailed to you after registering.

22
Jun
2023

A Day of Journaling

June 22, 2023 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Betty Holt
$95 (Members); $170 (Non-Members)

A Day of Journaling

Journaling is more than keeping a daily log.  In this lively class you’ll learn some new techniques to spice up your journaling experience.  Right and left-brained exercises will help you check in yourself and your feelings, write great descriptions, envision your future, manage your time, and much more! Most exercises can be done in 5 to 10 minutes, leaving you with no more excuses of “I don’t have time to journal.”  Sharing your discoveries with your classmates, if you choose, adds to the camaraderie and fun.

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