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
Anatomy: Arms & Legs Preview
In this phase we will be exploring one of the most important aspects of figure drawing, anatomy. We will be taking an in depth look at the arms and legs, starting with the skeleton and working our way up to the surface morphology. Along the way we will be examining the form and functionality of […]
Dragon Design Preview
This course will teach you some of the background and techniques that go into painting dragons for illustration. You will be walked through a process of designing a dragon with personality and weight in order to achieve a highly inspirational and believable design. You will learn to mannequin a dragon so you are able to […]
Landscape Phase III Preview
In this class Jeff Will walk you through breaking down Landscape paintings from some of his favorite painters. Emphasis will be on picking up the chosen artist’s brushmanship, color harmonies, compositional choices, and shape design. Jeff will work from 4 artists; noted seascape painter Frederick Judd Waugh, Northern Californian impressionist painter Percy Gray, California Impressionist […]
Life at Watts
Join illustrator and Watts Atelier instructor Lucas Graciano on Friday, August 28th from 7-10pm PST for a special from-the-studio edition of our Friday Night Live Workshop. Watch and ask questions live, as Lucas works on his largest painting to date; A 6-foot dragon illustration. This workshop is part of our ongoing, free “Friday Night Live” […]
Here at the Watts Atelier, we are constantly striving to improve the learning experience for our students. With this in mind, Jeff and his team of instructors recently took a close look at our Skill Building Challenges, and brainstormed ways to structure the challenges (as well as their rewards) to better help the skill advancement […]
We recently had the pleasure of reviewing illustrator and author James Gurney’s dvd, “Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art.” This wonderful instructional video (available as an mp4 download here, or a dvd disc here) joins James in his studio, as he executes and completes a pair of paleontological illustrations for Scientific American magazine One of the illustrations from […]