New Beginners workshop!
A new 4-day workshop for the absolute beginner: building confidence, learning at your pace and devoting more time to mastering the basics.
If you thought learning to airbrush would be too hard, we've created this class to maximize your comfort. You will achieve daily goals that ensure mastery and preparedness for the next steps.
Multiple instructors on-hand will guide you every step of the way.
Class is limited to 14 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. It takes approximately 40 hours of practice to control the airbrush and this is the guided class for you to achieve that goal!
- Over 37 hours of instruction and studio time over 4 days
- You will experience the charm of Blair, SC nestled in the Sumter National forest.
- Those staying on campus will have a private room and bath just a few steps away from the studio.
- Enjoy 3 home cooked meals a day in the company of new friends.
- You will leave a better artist than when you arrived. Guaranteed!
Day 1 - 3
What you will learn
- the types of airbrushes and how they work
how to Disassemble and Reassemble the equipment
how to Clean & Maintain your equipment – it is easier than you think.
the importance of good posture and smooth motions
- the best way to hold your airbrush for predicable control and consistent marks
- the 5 mark-making variables that you'll need
- practicing drills to master of the 5 types of marks that you must know for every project
- Controlling Edges as one of the top 5 keys to painting realism
- Learning to distinguish between hard and soft edges and how to achieve each
- Understanding why freehand airbrushing is best suited for soft edges
- Using frisket (masking film), paper, tape, plastic, or found objects to create various edges
- Learning about overspray /underspray, how it can wreck your day and how it can work to your benefit.
- Mastering the "Bounce" Technique and the importance of "Ghosting"
- Mastering the "Flip" technique and how it can take years off of your learning curve for airbrushing or sketching with a pen or pencil
- Triggering and why this simple concept is critical to your success!
- Learning to spray in smooth even coats takes some practice
- We call it triggering.
- It is accomplished by turning the flow of paint on and off while keeping the air flowing.
- Learning to trigger properly is by far the hardest hurdle for self-taught airbrush artists to master.
- While it is simple in concept it is not intuitive to most new airbrush artists learning on their own.
Need transportation to and form the airport? Sign up for our free shuttle service.
Not sure which class is right for you? Read "Help me Choose".
On-site accommodations are available:
- Picturesque rural setting on the bordering Sumter National Forest
- Private rooms with queen-sized beds and full in-suite bathrooms
- Chef's menu of home-cooked meals prepared and served daily
- Fully stocked art studio, all class materials and reference included
- Color-corrected lighting (over 120 fluorescent tubes)
- Built in air filtration system (no need for respirators)