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Located primarily at the College’s Swain Center, the Heritage Arts program offers ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, weaving, and digital photography classes, as well as a variety of other classes focusing on arts, crafts, and artistic process. The program also works with community partners to offer opportunities to experience the arts or assist in delivering art-based content.


Our classes are centered on process based learning and the sharing of creative ideas.  Depending on the type of class, anyone over 18 years of age may enroll in our occupational classes, while anyone 16 years of age may enroll in our self-supporting classes year-round. We offer classes and workshops for participants under 16 years of age during the summer semester. For those seeking to significantly grow their understanding of the ceramic arts, the Heritage Arts program offers a Master Potter Certificate. For more information, visit the Master Potter Certificate page.

Current listing of Heritage Arts classes

Current listing of Personal Enrichment classes

Current listing of Summer Camps

How Do I Sign Up?

Registration and payment are required to reserve a seat in any of our classes. You can quickly and easily register online on the Heritage Arts class schedule page. Just select the classes you want, add them to your cart, then check out as a guest using your credit card. No sign in required.

If you would like to register in person and pay with cash or check, please visit the following locations:

  • Jackson Campus – Workforce Continuing Education Office, Founders Hall, Room 101
  • Macon Campus – Reception desk
  • Swain Center – Room 112

If you need assistance registering, please contact us at 828.366.2005.

Cancellation: We will contact you via email or phone if a class is cancelled. All classes will be held as scheduled unless you are notified otherwise.

On Demand Classes

Don’t see a class time that fits your schedule? Have a group of like-minded friends and want to learn together? We can set up a class to meet your needs. Just contact us to discuss what kind of class you would like to have.

Visiting Artist

Each year, the program hosts several visiting artists. These workshops and demonstrations provide an opportunity for our students and community members to network, learn, and spend time with accomplished artists. These events are free and open to the public. Please check the College calendar for all upcoming events.
Previous Visiting Artists include:

A pair of hands molding a clay pot
Brant Barnes Zan Barnes
Gordon Batten Brian Beam
Mindy Brown Fong Choo
Steve Cunningham Karen Newgard
Bruce Johnson Robert Milnes
Mark Skudlark Amelia Stamps
Tony Winchester Rob Withrow


The program also serves as a community art space. We annually host a summer and holiday craft festival. More information and vendor applications can be found on the Heritage Arts Festival page.


For more information, please contact Jeff Marley at 828.339.2005 or

Heritage Arts Facebook Page

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60 Almond School Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
Fax: 828.366.2008

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