Collision Repair Technology students listen to airbrush specialist Tom Banks.
Collision Repair Technology students listen to airbrush specialist Tom Banks.

ELLICOTTVILLE — Students in the Collision Repair Technology program at the C-A BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTE) 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 the latest and safest 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 effective painting using an airbrush.

According to BOCES Instructor Ed Arnold, “Tom Banks came in and taught the kids using best teaching style: hands-on learning. Mr. Banks also stated 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 highly rewarding field of custom painting and refinishing. Students explore the artistic side of painting, special effects and graphic design.

Mr. 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 greatly enhance their earning potential and make them more valuable employees.