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Overcome the challenges of watercolor and take control of your paintings!

Enjoy higher levels of realism with brilliant colors that leap off the page in this comprehensive workshop that promises to make you a better painter. Watercolors lend themselves perfectly to the use of the airbrush, so take your watercolors to a whole new level with techniques and tricks you won't find anywhere else!

However, one of the most enjoy aspects of our workshops is the venue. Nestled in the Sumter National Forest, you will find inspiration in the scenic beauty of the wilderness, while enjoying home-cooked meals, on-site private rooms and baths, friendly and experienced staff, and you will make new friendships that will last a lifetime!

You’ll love this workshop if:
•    You have always wanted to try watercolor
•    You want to make vibrant and realistic watercolor paintings
•    You want to learn about the properties of watercolor
•    You are interested in special effects with watercolor
•    You want to make your portraits look better
•    You want to learn about the latest watercolor techniques and surfaces

Not sure if this is the class for you? Read Help me Choose.

Watercolor Portraits:

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In this 4-day workshop, you will explore and learn about the characteristics of the watercolor medium and apply it to a portrait project. You’ll understand how to use different surfaces, tools, and how to combine your brushwork with the airbrush to create incredible portrait paintings. This workshop is filled with practical tips and tricks to help you achieve amazing results in no time.

Dru will also introduce new tricks to create a new type of controlled marbling effect, many of which have never been seen anywhere else. Composition, lighting, and textures, will also be discussed as well as specialized techniques and their proper use.

All materials and reference will be supplied in our new facility, which features color-corrected lighting and a dedicated audio visual presentation system

Class is limited to 14 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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New to Airbrushing?

If you’ve never used the airbrush before, you are in for a treat! Through our guidance you will be able to apply airbrush to your work in minutes, but if you really want to utilize the airbrush to its highest degree, we recommend that you take the optional Foundations Day. This 1-day course is designed for those who are new to airbrushing or for anyone wanting to brush up on their airbrush control. Foundations Day will be held on Wednesday Sept 3rd, which is the day before the main workshop begins.


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Color Theory

 As the project will be less color dependent than those in most portrait classes we offer, Dru Blair's Color Buffer Method will NOT be taught in its entirety in this class. However, you will learn about skin tones and how to control your color. This class will utilize both traditional brushwork and airbrushing.


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Accommodations and Travel

We offer an all-inclusive art retreat. It is the perfect learning environment, with everything you will need.

Details concerning Meals and lodging.

Our Airport Shuttle Service is available round-trip from and back to Charlotte Airport (CLT) for those traveling by air.


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The next Watercolors Portrait workshop will be held September 4th-6th of 2015

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