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Watts Atelier of the Arts is located in the quiet beach town of Encinitas, California, 30 miles north of San Diego. The Atelier was founded by Jeffrey R. Watts in 1992 as an intimate studio environment. It is now operated by Mr. Watts and a core of teachers predominantly trained at the atelier.

Watts Atelier has been modeled after the studio ateliers of nineteenth century Europe. We at Watts Atelier believe that building a strong foundation of skills is the most important endeavor of any student. We believe the path to prosperity in any field is paved with superior knowledge, a strong work ethic, and a clear focus of purpose. Much like an athlete or musician, the visual artist must continue to build skills, and maintain them through diligent practice of the fundamental concepts of art.

Watts 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. Watts Atelier now offers three progressive certificate programs: Foundation, Advanced, and Portfolio. Students of all levels are welcome. No portfolio review is required for enrollment.