Welcome to the
School of Awesomeness

About Us

Our Mission

The School of Awesomeness cultivates, elevates and promotes artists in their professional careers, forging outstanding human beings that contribute creativity

and ignite imagination.


Our VISION is a boundless world filled with an abundance of talented and inspiring artists who fuel the desire and appreciation for having art as an integral part of our existence.

Intensive Program

Tuition for our two-week intensive program provides each student 10 eight-hour days of instruction from both Douglas Rouse and Michael Wallace on skill development and on-the-job training for mural and specialty painting as a career. Some of the days are in a classroom but a majority are on site working on an actual mural project. 

Upon course completion some students will be invited to join our internship and eventually our team.

Why now?

Now, more than ever, art in the world is being challenged, minimized and removed from curriculums and is not being adequately budgeted for. Yet, without creativity, our existence would be comparable to days without sunshine; it just wouldn't work. Michael Wallace and Douglas Rouse are committed to a world that thrives on creativity and are prepared to support the dreams of every artist who is up for the challenge of making a difference.

Be courageous and take the first step to living your dream!

Let the School of Awesomeness know a little about you, your interest level, and any questions or comments that you might have.

School of Awesomeness

745 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903, United States

(719) 201-1966

Need more inspiration?

Want to be an Artist, and NOT a starving artist?

Have you ever wanted to paint a large-scale mural on the side of a 50ft building? Or learn how to draw 3D street art where it looks like someone is falling into a massive hole in the earth? Or how to paint a large portrait of somebody famous in five minutes or less on a rotating canvas?


NOW YOU CAN! AND YOU CAN MAKE A CAREER OF IT, TOO.

Douglas Rouse and Michael Wallace have joined forces, with their 50 combined years of experience, and created the international School of Awesomeness which focuses on teaching and guiding students to be career muralists and specialty painters.

Two-Week Intensive Program

When accepted, your tuition covers 10 eight-hour days of instruction and on-the-job training. Upon completion of the program, qualified students may have an opportunity to intern on more projects while demonstrating eligibility to join our team. 


TRAVEL THE WORLD - DO WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO!

The opportunities are endless! You can travel the world and work for large corporations and organizations, famous people, events, festivals, mom and pop shops, residential homes and commercial venues. You name it. Under the guidance and teamwork of this successful duo you, can begin to have steady work as an artist.

It IS possible to be a creative AND make a good living.

Both Douglas and Michael have proven themselves in the art world, worked 

internationally, earned reliable reputations and have enjoyed six-figure incomes.

AND THEY'VE HAD A LOT OF FUN IN THE PROCESS! 

About the Founders

Douglas Rouse has been painting large-scale murals for residential and commercial interiors and exteriors, music videos and commercial films since 1992. Also, he has been an award winning 3D Street Artist and Speed Painter for the past ten years. Most recently, however, he has traveled to Egypt and Saudi Arabia for his talents as a 3D illusion artist and has two permanent art pieces in two museums.


Michael Wallace has been painting since the age of 6 when he won the Kellog's “stick up for breakfast” drawing competition. He was trained in Florence, Italy in the Old Dutch Masters technique of glazing. Then, for years, he worked in Dallas for designers, on photo shoots and for celebrities. Most recently he has been painting murals up and down the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has filled the town of Victor, Colorado with colorful and historical murals.

JOB PLACEMENT IMMEDIATELY for those who are already advanced.

THIS WON'T BE FOR EVERYONE, JUST THOSE WHO ARE DEDICATED, COMMITTED, HARD WORKING, HIGHLY MOTIVATED, COACHABLE, EAGER TO LEARN AND WANT TO BE A WORKING ARTIST.

BE COURAGEOUS...

and create a future that YOU really want.