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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.


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.


Keys to Dynamic & Colorful Oil Paintings

August 11, 2021 10:00 am - August 13, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): John Guernsey
$400 (Members); $450 (Non-Members)

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Painting is about understanding what we see, and having the necessary skills to interpret that scene on canvas. It’s also about seeking out that unique style, or interpretive ’voice’, that we all have. In this workshop we’ll cover concepts, insights, and skills in many areas (like color mixing, light and shadow theory, and expressive brushwork, value training, and edges, etc.)


Painting Flowers in Oil

August 18, 2021 10:00 am - August 20, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Pat Fiorello
$400 (Members); $450 (Non-Members)

TBS Classes2021 PaintingFlowersInOil Fiorello 1800x700Learn to paint flowers in oil directly with a loose and fresh approach in this 3 day workshop. Pat will share a simple approach to painting flowers using a base of transparent paints followed by opaque paints.


Integrating Form and Pattern

August 20, 2021 10:00 am - August 22, 2021 5:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kate Waltman
$400 (Members) / $450 (Non-Members)

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This 3 day workshop includes making pots, developing patterns, and getting those patterns onto the pots. The class will discuss how to approach a pot for decoration and what surface techniques will yield the results they desire. Students will develop their own surface patterns and learn how to carve these patterns into their work.


Encaustics for the Bold and Restless

August 25, 2021 10:00 am - August 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Sue Fazio
$400 (Members); $450 (Non-Members)

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Beeswax and resin and pigment heated to 180 degrees and then painted on a board...fuse with a blow torch and the magic begins! Encaustics will let your creative soul come ALIVE whether you’ve had any painting experience before. This class is appropriate for total beginners as well as advanced painters.


Portrait Painting with Oils

September 1, 2021 9:00 am - September 3, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Kristen Eisenbraun
$450 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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Each student will create a life-like portrait using oil paint. They will learn: color mixing, paint application, the structure and planes of a human face and how to capture a likeness. Several photo references will be provided from which students can choose to work.


The Art of Abstract

September 8, 2021 10:00 am - September 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Les Newman
$450 (Members); $500 (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.

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