step by step
in it's entirety
In just 5 days you will learn how to paint
"Lady of Shalott" using brushes and airbrush.
New to airbrush? New to traditional brushwork?
No problem. Dru and his staff will teach you all you need to know step by step. You will be amazed at his clear and simple methods.
We take care of everything in the classroom, from paint, to canvas to airbrushes. All you need to bring is your desire to learn.
It's easier than you think
Don't worry. We've got your back. We will show you techniques that make it easy for anyone to paint like this. You might not believe that you can do this, but we'll guarantee your success.
Learn what makes a painting beautiful.
There's a certain quality in the old masters' work that isn't seen very often these days. Understanding how they painted will help add more beauty and quality to your own paintings.
Paint something monumental
We will give you the tools and knowledge to make a statement with your art that's worthy of a gallery. Making great paintings is good for your art career, because great works sell themselves
Designed for Beginners and Pros
This class is full of techniques and tricks that are not taught anywhere else in the world. Its a wonderful marriage between the airbrush and the traditional brush. You might just surprise yourself with the results.
Color theory that solves all your color matching challenges
Fear of color will be a thing of the past. Learn all about the color palette Waterhouse used to create his amazing works, and how to take your painting to the next level!
The tools you need
We aren't just limited to teaching you all about the brush and the airbrush. We include a variety of other art tools to help you make your present and future artwork the best possible.
52 Hours of instruction
You've probably heard that our classes run late. That's because there is so much content that we want to share with you. There are no distractions in Blair, and it's easy to focus on your painting. Many students would paint all night if they could.
What you will learn
Where to begin
When faced with a new painting, its often difficult to know where to start. We will take you step by step through the painting from beginning all the way to the end.
Layout and composition of the Masters
Solid composition is a common quality to all of the great master's paintings, yet it is the most overlooked. Here you will learn how masters, such as William Waterhouse assembled his compositions.
The 8 differences between Opaque and Transparent paint
When should you use transparent paint or glaze, and when should you use opaque paint? Each has unique characteristics which need to be considered first. You will learn all the differences, and when and why to use each.
We will show you how to render water, vegetation, skin, and distant objects
Waterhouse painted his figures realistically, but his backgrounds were clearly influenced by the impressionists. You will learn both styles.
Our original theory was initially conceived in the eighties, and is now practiced in some form all over the airbrush world. This is a practical approach to color and color mixing that actually corresponds to the way paint behaves. It is simple, yet comprehensive in scope.
How to use the Color Wheel
The color wheel is a compass. We will show you how to choose the right color wheel and how to use it correctly. It can be your best aid when mixing and matching colors.
How to match color....perfectly
Color can be intimidating, but fear of color will be a thing of the past after we show you how to match a color dead-on every time. You will love this process, especially if you are tired of painting in shades of grey.
The airbrush and the traditional brush require different approaches when blending. We will show you how to use both.
Choosing the right brush and the right paint
There are so many choices out there, and it can be quite confusing. We will help take the mystery out of paint, brush and airbrush selection, so that you use the best products for your paintings.
Transferring your image to the painting
There are 5 different ways to draw your source image onto the canvas. We will show you all of them.
Creating drama with light
Waterhouse was a master at lighting his figures. We will show you how and why he used light to tell his story.
the 6 rules for hair
If you want your hair to look more like the masters', then follow these simple rules. We will show them all to you, as well as some extra hair tips for greater realism.
Brush vs Airbrush
Each has its advantages and disadvantages. We will go over all of them, and show you when to use each in your painting.
We don’t limit your training to just the brush and airbrush. There are many tools that can enhance your painting, and we want you to be able to enjoy having the best of them in your arsenal. You will also learn the results for each tool, so you will know which tool is best for each situation.
Negotiating techniques that work
Negotiating a price for your work is probably the most stressful part of being an artist. We will show you negotiating methods that will help remove the stress when working with a client.
Selling your work
Learning about the business of art and marketing allows you, as an artist, to earn money for your creations. You will learn about pricing, galleries, copyright, prints, giclées, originals, and artist representatives.
State of the Art Classroom
unlike any other on the planet
Color corrected lighting. Central Ventilation
On-site lodging on a 120-acre campus
nestled in a National Forest
What students are saying
I attended Dru's workshop with the hope of learning to paint, I left with the ability to "see" and a system that allowed me to develop my own understanding of painting and colours. Your system has given me the freedom to explore my own creativity.
Dru's teachings showed me how to create great detail and gave me the ability to achieve PHOTOREALISM in my artworks. Thank you for pioneering the world of photorealism in airbrushing, I doubt I would have got here without your long nights and many experiments .
Dru's workshop influenced the way I paint and gave me some new concepts, knowledge and skills to implement into the way I worked today I recommend it!
(Airbrush tutor) Australia
We are so sure that we offer the best airbrush course in the world that we are willing to offer you tuition money back if you don’t notice an immediate improvement in your art, and in the way you see the world after taking this course.
About this painting
John William Waterhouse's painting was inspired by Alfred Tennyson's poem about a lady imprisoned by a curse that she may never gaze upon Camelot except by mirror. When she violates the curse by looking directly at Lancelot, she realizes she is doomed anyway, and sets out by boat to Camelot. She dies before she arrives and the knights find her. Here is a stanza from the poem
"Who is this? And what is here?"
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."