PUBLISHED: 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Airbrush classes back on for July 19
JUNEAU - Simon Evans will return to Juneau on July 19 to teach an all-day airbrushing class at the Valley Paint center. His May class was cancelled when he heard about the avalanche taking out power transmission lines at the Snettisham hydropower plant on April 16.

Evans had never cancelled a class in his five years of teaching, but he felt it was the right thing to do.

"I know it upset a lot of people when I cancelled," he said. "But I didn't think it was fair to put more strain on people."

As soon as he heard hydroelectric power was restored to Juneau, he rescheduled the class. Evans taught classes in Juneau twice before, both of which sold out.

Evans said he has taught everyone from mothers who airbursh arts and crafts to kids who airbrush cars.

"Anybody can do this," Evans said. "I'd say it's the only craft you can learn where you don't have to be born into it."

The class is open to everybody high-school age and above. No previous experience is required.

His classes are limited to 50 participants and are all hands on. He makes sure to sit with each person individually and give one-on-one instruction. All supplies are provided, including airbrushes and paints.

Evans will be in Juneau from July 17 until July 21, during which he expects to do commissioned style-work painting cars, bikes, and boats.

According to Evans' website, some of the skills class participants can expect to learn include

• How to use an airbrush

• How to paint waterdrops, "chrome" effects and marble effects

•How to drop-shadow

How to use cutting and drawing tools

How to make and use masking materials

"These classes aren't work, they're fun," Evans said.

All participants will leave with a project they have created themselves.

To sign up, visit Charlie Williams at Valley Paint or call 907-789-9875. The class will be held on July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $170. Registration is first-come, first-serve and Evans expects the class will sell out.

For more information visit Simon Evans' website,