William Jameson Fine Art

Workshop: Spring on the Blue Ridge, Saluda, NC

Date(s): May 12-14, 2016

Deadline: April 1, 2016



Workshop Details

This workshop consists of 3 painting days in and around this charming village situated in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Saluda’s "Main Street Historic District" has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and her Victorian summer homes, the Spring foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting.

The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media. A materials list will be sent to all participants.

The price of the workshop is $375 and includes 18 hours of instruction and critiques. We'll have a "get acquainted" party. We'll lunch ("Dutch") each day at one of Saluda's delightful cafes. Because the workshop is limited to 15 painters, I encourage you to send your enrollment form with deposit as soon as possible. Arrangements for travel and accommodations should be made privately and immediately as Spring is the begining of "the season" in the mountains.
There is airline service to Asheville, NC and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC . Each is about 35 minutes from Saluda. Rental cars are available at both airports. On the internet, several bed and breakfast inns and cottage rentals can be found by searching for "Saluda, NC". Many other possibilities can be found in nearby Hendersonville, NC.

All participants must provide their own transportation to the painting sites but we will assist in setting up car-pools. We will gather each day at exactly 8:30am in the studio for a talk and demonstrations. We will conclude at 3:30pm each day, leaving time for shopping or siesta before your evening plans. In event of inclement weather we will paint in my studio in Saluda.

The area is home to outstanding golf facilities and there are opportunities for fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, river rafting and antique shopping.

Workshop Enrollment Policy

Because enrollment is limited to approximately 12 participants, we encourage you to send your Enrollment Form and deposit as soon as possible. Workshop deposits are fully refundable less a cancellation fee of $100.00 per person up to 10 weeks before departure date. Final payment is due in full 6 weeks before departure and in case of cancellation, is non-refundable. If for any reason, a workshop must be cancelled, you will be notified 8 weeks before departure, and your deposit and tuition will be refunded in full. We recommend that participants consider travel insurance policies for payment cancellation, as we are not responsible for airline, hotel, rental car etc. (workshop deposit payment and cancellation will differ from airline, hotel, rental car etc. policies)

Materials List

Sketch Book: 5 1/2” X8” spiral. IMPORTANT: Roller ball pens

Canvases: (2) – 12X16, (1) – 16X20 and/or any sizes with which you’re comfortable.
(6) – 9x12 canvas panels

Brushes: #’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 assorted round, flat and filbert. I strongly recommend all these sizes in filberts in addition to an assortment in rounds and flats. Also #’s 2 and 4 in a round sable or synthetic sable.

Yellow Ochre

Ivory Black
French Ultramarine Blue

Raw Sienna
Cobalt Blue

Burnt Sienna
Cadmium Red Light

Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Yellow Light 

Titanium White
Cadmium Orange
2.5 oz. Liquin (Winsor Newton)

Purchase only the best quality affordable in paints and brushes.

Palette knife (for mixing and cleaning palette), 2 clip-on palette cups and 2 tuna or cat food cans.

Odorless mineral spirits or Turpenoid (Green can)

Paper towels and a few small plastic grocery bags for debris.

Bring a plastic bottle with a tight screw lid, such as an empty peanut butter jar for carrying dirty mineral spirits.

For easels, if you have a French easel, that is best; but a small paint box with an aluminum folding easel is good. Paint boxes and French easels should come with mahogany palettes.

I would also like for the oil painters to have a small watercolor set for sketching.

We’ll spend some time developing quick travel sketching techniques. Bring several fine, roller point pens and a sketch pad with several watercolor brushes.

Bring a canvas bag such as a “boat bag” or a back pack to carry supplies. A folding stool or light chair is important. (Be sure it is something you can carry, we won’t always be close to our cars.

Naturally, insect repellent, sun-hats, sun block, painting clothes, camera and film!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please write or call. I’ll be sending our exact schedule later. Thank you and I’ll see you soon.