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    Once a month Jeff conducts a Friday Night Live workshop. Jeff will be drawing from a live model. During the workshop Jeff will share many of the lessons and techniques taught at the Watts Atelier and the Watts Online school.

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    Learn art in the comforts of your own home. Embark on your journey of self- discovery using a method of study handed down from generation to generation.

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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.
-Robert Henri

The Atelier

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.

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The Online School

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.

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 What’s New

New Online Classes

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    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 […]

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    Illustration – Painted Comic Cover Preview

    When painting a cover for a comic book, less emphasis is put on narrative and more on creating an iconic image that jumps off the rack.  In this series of lessons we will be going over the process often used in the generation and refinement of concepts.  We will then continue, and spend a majority […]

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    Fundamentals of Character Design Preview

    This course will cover the fundamental aspects of Character design for work in Conceptual Design. Here you will learn various methods for maximizing a high creative potential. There is introduction and demonstration of mediums commonly used in the industry. The course covers fundamental aspects of design and how to add personality to your characters. You […]

Life at Watts


I have been privileged to be taking art instruction from Watts Atelier for about 5 years. The wealth of knowledge and instruction provided to me cannot be overstated. Each instructor has their own style, their willingness to share their personal insights, providing nuances that allow for me to grow as an artist. The art classes are designed to provide instruction to all levels of students, everyone will benefit, you are pushed to grow as an artist.


I moved to California almost two years ago to study with Jeff Watts, Erik and Meadow Gist and Lucas Graciano at the Watts Atelier of the Arts, and I can say without reservation that it was the best decision of my life. The consistency and quality of the education they provide there is far superior to any other school in the country. All of the instructors are highly trained, working professionals, and each of them have given me and the other students more one-on-one attention than we could have hoped for. The topics and methodology they espouse can be traced back at least a hundred years, maybe more. All you are required to bring is a solid work ethic, a positive attitude and a willingness to check your ego at the door.


I am an MFA graduate, i received my degree from an online school. I graduated in the Spring of 2010. although i enjoyed my studies, but somehow, i lost the motivation to keep working and practicing. and of course my work was suffering!!!

I would like to thank you Jeff to create such opportunity, it is motivating, and informative. I am hoping that these lessons will fill the gaps for me. i’ve been browsing the classes , the fundamentals to the most advanced, and i really appreciate all the effort and info you put into them. It is going to be a great ride!!!