Learning – Sharing – Creating
Art Spoken Here
There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.
Producing the next generation of artists for over 20 years
In 1992 we launched an Atelier modeled after the nineteenth-century European Ateliers. Our focus was to build strong foundational skills in an intimate studio environment. We believe the path to prosperity is paved with superior knowledge, a strong work ethic, and a clear focus of purpose. The Atelier brings together students of all ages and skill levels–from professional to novice–in an environment of visual learning that is highly structured, with a low student-to-teacher ratio.
The Online School
Producing the future generation of artists for the next 20 years
After more than 22 years of running Watts Atelier Jeff has turned his creative vision towards the future of art education: the virtual Atelier. Built off of the same foundational components that made Watts Atelier one of the leading institutions of art training, the virtual Atelier is an environment rich in content, steeped in tradition, and designed to engage, enrich, and challenge both the novice and working professional alike.
New Online Classes
Join Erik Gist as he delves into the essentials of perspective. The goal of this course is more than simply learning the techniques and geometry for creating a convincing illusion of three- dimensional space; It is about dictating how an individual perceives your image, how they enter and interact with the scene you have created. […]
Essentials of Tech Preview
These videos are a collection of useful tips and approaches for both design and the necessary tasks of perspective and shadowing for all ‘Tech’ genres. The solutions range from the rather involved, but carefully explained… to the very simple. Unlike previous courses, the workbook will actually expand upon what you see in the video with […]
Head Phase IV Preview
In this phase Jeff will be joined by two other two other Watts Atelier artists, Erik Gist and Lucas Graciano. Each will demonstrate their use of the concepts taught in the first 3 phases as they execute 2 drawings each at a 3 hour duration.. This mirrors the standard class taught at Watts Atelier […]
Life at Watts
The wait is over! The winners for our cycle 15 Skill Building Challenge are finally in, and we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work, perseverance, and personal skill growth these two individuals have shown us over the course of 4 weeks. Please join us in congratulating our winner and honorable mention […]
Join us this Friday, July 8th, at 7pm PST for the return of our Friday Night Live feature! Watch and participate in the conversation as Jeff shows you the process behind his gouache sketches, while exploring the inspiration he finds in his travels. For more information and to tune in, please visit our Friday […]
Skill Building Challenge cycle 16 is now live on our student forums! Head on over to the forums to participate in this exciting Figure Quicksketch/Still life competition, open to all enrolled students of the Watts Atelier Online Program. We saw a fantastic turn out for Cycle 15, and our judges are still working to select […]