HANDS-ON LEARNING — The collision repair technology class students at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services at Ellicottville listen to airbrush specialist Tom Banks.
ELLICOTTVILLE — Students in the Collision Repair Technology program at the Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services Career and Technical Education Center at Ellicottville recently received a hands-on airbrush lesson from Tom Banks of the Ohio Technical College Custom Paint and Graphics Training Program.
The students used water-based paints, as they worked their way through a two-hour series of exercises, using a two-stage airbrush. The exercises helped the young painters begin to develop the technique and fine motor control needed for airbrush painting.
According to BOCES Instructor Ed Arnold, “Tom Banks came in and taught the kids using [the] best teaching style: hands-on learning. Mr. Banks also stated [that] airbrush painting can be a great source of additional income, for those with the talent and skill to pursue it.”
The Custom Paint and Graphics Training Program at Ohio Technical College is a 12-week, 300-hour, all-inclusive program developed to train body shop technicians in the field of custom painting and refinishing. Students explore the artistic side of painting, special effects and graphic design.
Banks said the program blends frame and body refinishing skills with art, as students learn airbrushing, 3-D paint effects, exotic paint, chameleon colors, flames and more.
Students also learn to do pinstriping and apply vinyl graphics, all of which he said can enhance their earning potential and make them more valuable employees, in their future careers.