About this project
Support a Series with Wilson!
WPBS-TV produced a pilot episode for Painting With Wilson Bickford which was a great success. We heard from people all over the world encouraging our station to produce a 13 part series to make available to PBS stations around the Country. So here's you chance to support Wilson and make it happen! Yes, the series will be available for streaming online too!
This greatly-anticipated show is hosted by North Country native, artist and author Wilson Bickford. Well-known in the North Country community for teaching art classes and painting scenes of the Adirondacks, Bickford will be sharing his knowledge, work and talent with the artistically-inclined viewers.
Watch the Pilot Episode
Wilson Bickford: Into the Misty Woods
About the Production
We'll be producing each episode with Wilson at his studio in Gouverneur, NY. Tracy DuFlo, WPBS-TV’s Director of Production, has been involved with the program since day one. “Painting With Wilson Bickford isn’t like any other locally-produced shows that we have on WPBS-TV,” stated DuFlo, “It’s great because our viewers can learn the techniques to create their own, unique works of art through watching Wilson. He’s really amazing at what he does.”
Watch the Promo
A Quick Tip from Wilson
Wilson Bickford is a nationally-known artist and instructor who has been conducting painting workshops for over 20 years. Born and raised in Fowler, NY, just outside of Gouverneur, Wilson frequently teaches art classes in the North Country community. Wilson is primarily a self-taught artist, and his easy-going style has earned him thousands of satisfied students- thus proving his philosophy that “anyone can learn to paint.”
He works in acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, with oils being his personal favorite and most-requested workshop medium. His painting tutorials on YouTube have received millions of viewings and he is the author of Wildlife Landscapes You Can Paint (NorthLight Books).
Bickford has numerous online painting tutorials and demonstrations available to anyone online, Painting With Wilson Bickford will be a special program for his fan base that follows shows like Bob Ross. On the subject of Bickford’s new program, one student stated: “Wilson is a great art teacher and has inspired many people to paint, who would never attempt it otherwise! As one of his students, and I think most of us feel the same, we can’t wait for the opportunity to watch Wilson on a weekly basis.”
Having been affiliated with the Alexander Art Co. for 20 years, in 2011 Wilson launched his own “Signature” line of oil painting products. This complete line includes canvases and panels, paints, mediums, brushes, a palette and more. All products are available exclusively through Jerry’s Art-a-Rama and Art Supply Warehouse. In 2012, he filmed his first instructional TV series, Fun and Fast Painting, which aired on the CW Network.
Risks and challenges
The TV business is all about "Hurry up and wait!" Meaning that there are some challenges associated with our industry. After our production is successfully funded we will begin production of the series. But that's the easy part! After we gather all of our video, the series will move into post production where we'll put all of the elements together. Once finished the series will be ready for our broadcast audience on WPBS-TV and watch.wpbstv.org. We've really streamlined this process and consider ourselves some of the best in the business if we do say so ourselves! The biggest challenge of this project will be getting other PBS stations nationwide to carry the program...but you can help! Once we've finished the production, let us know what PBS station you're watching and encourage them to air the series!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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