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Art camps at The Bascom

Art camps at The Bascom

In addition to the year-round fun art spaces and activities for youth, The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands offers a number of summer camp opportunities.

With a vision of being a place where children and adults can explore and learn about art, Bascom’s exhibition galleries are always free.

“The Bascom’s SmArt Space is an interactive learning environment located in the Greehey Atrium Landing where children can explore self-guided art activities, read books from The Bascom Library, participate in a Lego building challenge, and more,” said Kat Ford, Bascom’s director of community engagement. “Next, The Bascom’s Trail Level offers selections of work from The Bascom’s Community Outreach and Summer Programs, and exhibition related gallery activities in the Ruth Eckerd Children’s Gallery. Finally, visitors can enjoy a walk around The Bascom’s Storybook Trail. Whether you are taking a youth camp class and workshop, or just enjoying one of our free visual art experiences, there is always something for kids at The Bascom.”

During the summer, children can choose from a number of mini camps for ceramic projects including throwing mugs, flower bowls, animal masks and bowls. If your summer schedule doesn’t allow enough time to do a mini camp, The Bascom also offers several art classes by appointment.

“Pick a time slot, wear some old clothes and we will provide a knowledgeable instructor who will guide you through the process of either hand building or the potter’s wheel,” Ford said.

Understanding art classes can be costly for many people, The Bascom does not want financial constraints to prevent anyone from participating in their educational offerings, which is why they offer need-based scholarships. If you need financial aid, download the scholarship application or contact the Community Outreach Department. Scholarships are generously sponsored by the Cullasaja Women’s Outreach.

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Ceramics art camps

Thrown Mugs Session I

  • June 3 and June 5
  • Ages: 8 and Up

Wheel Thrown Functional Wares Session II

June 17 and June 19

Ages: 8 and Up

Slab Butterfly or Flower Bowl Session I

  • July 8 and July 10
  • Ages: 5 and Up

Slab Animal Masks Session II

  • July 22 and July 24
  • Ages: 5 and Up

Bowls, Bowls, Bowls

  • Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21
  • Ages: 5 and Up

Art by Appointment

  • Monday – Saturday
  • 10-11:30 a.m.; 1-2:30 p.m.;  3-4:30 p.m.
  • All levels
  • Ages 4 and under/$40 per student
  • Ages 5-7/$50 per student
  • Ages 8 and above/$60 per student
  • Groups of 9 or more/$50 per person
  • To Schedule an Ceramics Art by Appointment, contact Frank Vickery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.787.2892

Youth Summer Art Programs: June – August

Free the Art Workshop for Macon and Jackson County residents

  • June 5 – 7; 10 a.m. – noon
  • Ages 7-12
  • Tuition: Free

Weekly Summer Youth Studio Days

  • Tuesday – Friday; 10 a.m. – noon
  • Each day there will be a new, inspiring project. Come each day or drop in for one session during the week.
  • Ages: 7-12
  • Tuition: $50 per session
  • The official dates for Summer Youth Studio Days will be released in early April. Please call or visit for current dates, times, and topics.

Youth and Family Art by Appointment (limit 6)

  • Wednesday and Friday afternoons; 1 – 2:30 p.m., and 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Call to schedule a personalized art experience in drawing, painting, or mixed-media for your young artist, yourself, or a small group.
  • All ages.
  • Tuition: $50 per person

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