William Jameson Fine Art

Workshop: The Art of Painting Snow, Saluda, NC

Date(s): January 16-18, 2014

Deadline: Dec 15, 2013



Workshop Details

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.

This workshop consists of 3 painting days exploring the Winter landscape of the Southern blue ridge mountains. We'll begin each day at 9:00am and work until 4pm with a break at one of Saluda's fine restaurants.  In the studio we'll work with photographic reference (provided) with demontrations daily.

Saluda’s "Main Street Historic District" has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and her Victorian summer homes, the area’s foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for photography.

The price of the workshop is $325 and includes 18 hours of instruction and a "get acquainted" party. Because the workshop is limited to 12 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 Summer is a most popular time to visit this scenic area.

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. We recommend The Orchard Inn, The Oaks B&B and The Saluda Mountain Lodge.

Workshop Enrollment Policy

The area is home to outstanding golf facilities and there are opportunities for fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, river rafting and antique shopping. Non-painting companions may join us for the evening event.

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.



Prussian Green or Sap Green

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 Zinc or Titanium White

Cadmium Orange

2.5 oz. Liquin (Winsor Newton)

Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Lemon


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.