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Youth & Family Art Programs

Youth & Family Art Programs

Life-enriching experiences through comprehensive arts education for children and youth

Youth & Family Programs

The Bascom's Education Department is committed to providing life-enriching experiences through comprehensive arts education for children and youth. We offer a variety of educational programs which include workshops, ongoing classes, Private Art Classes, field trips, demonstrations, and community classes, designed to meet the needs of young artists of all skill levels.  Scholarships, sponsored by the Cullasaja Women's Outreach, ensure that all students can participate.


The Bascom offers private, personalized art experiences designed specifically for our younger artists in clay, drawing, painting or mixed media.

Take and Make offers “to-go” packets with accompanying print lesson plans and instructions, and online video tutorials that provide instruction and insight in to each project.

Join Mr. Bill in his online art studio as he meets a new challenge in each episode, creating something out of the surprise materails he receives in his box.

Located along The Bascom Nature Trail, and connected to the Highlands Plateau Greenway, the Story Walk offers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while reading about "How Do You Wokka-Wokka"!

Temporarily Unavailable

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our youngest community, the following youth activities and art spaces are temporarily suspended or closed. They will resume once it is safe to do so. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

  • The Bascom smART Space
  • The Ruth Edkerd Children's Gallery
  • All After School & Extracurricular Programs
  • Hudson Library KID ZONE

Get Your Passport Stamped!

TBS KidsPassport HighlandsPlateauGreenwayMap 2020 Page 1The Bascom is one of four (4) kid-friendly trails on the Highlands Plateau Greenway needed to complete the stamps in the Kids Hike Highlands Passport Program. Young explorers and natures lovers can hike our nature trail to get a stamp.

When all four stamps have been collected, participants may pick up a special prize located at either theHighlands Town Hall, Highlands Recreation Center,  The Chamber of Commerce, The Library, or The Bascom. They also receive a "I Hiked Highlands!" sticker and pin.

Get moving today!

Downlaod the Activity Map or visit the Highlands Plateau Greenway website to learn more about the program and the trail system.

Share Your Bascom Experience with Us!

Whether you fell in love with a piece or were moved by an exhibit, inspired by an instructor, had a blast in our smART Space, or any other wonderful experience at The Bascom, we want to hear about it!

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Opening Hours

Exhibitions & Shop:
Tuesday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm

Ceramics Studio:
Monday - Saturday; 10am - 5pm
Sunday; 12pm/Noon - 5pm

Find Us Online:         

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Visit: 323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741 (Map It)

Call: 828-526-4949 (Main)
828-787-2892 (Ceramics Studio)

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at http://www.ncarts.org.