The School of Realism


The Blair School of Realism is located within Sumter National Park, Blair, SC on a scenic 120-acre campus. Free from urban and metropolitan distractions, this historic land provides an ideal learning environment whose natural beauty inspires the senses and nurtures creativity.

Within our 2 new state-of-the-art studio classrooms our staff is dedicated to helping you realize your artistic goals through a variety of unique 3-to-5 day artist workshops offered each month. Led by founder Dru Blair, all of our staff members take great pride in helping students master realism. Our school originally began teaching realism through the airbrush, but we are pleased to be expanding our knowledge across platforms to other artistic mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, and more.

We regularly invite and host guest instructors who represent the best in their fields related to realism to teach classes in their mediums. As we strive to share our passion for realism, we invite you to request workshops with your medium of choice and take advantage of our vast network of skilled instructors.

The Blair School of Realism is dedicated to helping its students realize their artistic potential through mastering the foundations of classical realism in the medium of their choice. Our school specializes in training the eyes to see what is necessary to render representational artwork and then channeling that vision through the proper application of medium. Once trained to see, the lessons learned from these masters can strengthen the skills of any artist in any style and medium.

Our address is:

Blair School of Art
4935 Buckhead Road
Blair, SC 29015

or call or text at 803-630-8450

Blair, SC is located South Carolina, about 40 miles NW of Columbia SC, and 70 miles SW of Charlotte NC. Shuttle service to Charlotte Douglas airport is available on Sunday from Blair to Charlotte Douglass airport for students departing,and arrives at the airport around 3:30pm. So that you may plan your flight accordingly, our workshops begin Thursday morning and end Sunday around noon. Contact one of the staff members by email for more details regarding our shuttle service

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