The Return of Skill Building Challenges! Portrait: Construction to Finish

Students! We are happy to announce the return of the “Skill Building Challenges” that were temporarily paused while we were migrating to our new forum and website. Now that the new student forums are up and running, we are happy to begin a new round for this month! The format is essentially the same – every month…

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Painting with the Instructors!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Atelier on Sunday! We hope you enjoyed watching the instructor do their thing! If you missed the video you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWJTKNJYsf0 A lot of the viewers mentioned that they would like to see some images of the work so I thought I would snap a…

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Interview with Second Annual MSBC Winner Chris Carlson!

With 2018 well underway, we at the atelier wanted to put the spotlight on our recent second annual MSBC winner Chris Carlson! Chris has some incredibly fun and unique work, and we are so thankful to have our own student Ivan Miletic take the time to interview him and hear what Chris has to say.…

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Interview with First Annual MSBC winner Manuela Pilz!

In the spirit of our recent Second Annual Master Skill Building Challenge announcement, we wanted to look back at artist, teacher, and 2016 MSBC winner Manuela Pilz! I hope her hard work and dedication inspire and motivate you all. Ivan: First and foremost – congratulations on your win! Can you introduce yourself to us – where…

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Announcing our Second Annual Master Skill Building Challenge Winners!

We are extremely proud to announce the winners of our second annual Master Skill Building Challenge…!  This contest, open to all of our enrolled students, was made up of 6 individual, month-long challenges, and was designed to push participant’s skill sets in order to help them grow as representational artists. Each student’s final portfolio was…

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New Live Streaming Classes! Announcement and FAQ

New to the Watts Atelier: Live Streaming Classes Participate in the Atelier Experience Like Never Before Sign up today, Enrollment starting at $99   We at the Watts Atelier are dedicated to our mission of providing our students with the best possible representational art education.  With this mission in mind, we have formulated a unique way to…

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Cycle 24 and 25 Skill Building Challenge Winners Announced!

  Our Second Annual Master Skill Building Challenge has officially come to a close…Portfolios have been submitted, our judges have selected the finalists, and our guest juror, Donato Giancola, will be selecting our winners.  All of us here at the Atelier are excited to announce the winners of this exciting event, but first we would…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 25 now Live, Cycle 23 winners announced!

With cycle 25 now live in our forums, our second annual Master Skill Building Challenge is quickly coming to an end..!  Be sure to head on over to our Skill building Challenges forum in order to participate in our exciting “student choice” challenge, where the students can choose what they wish to push themselves with for…

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Skill Building Challenge 23 now live! Cycle 21 and 22 winners announced!

With the close of our Cycle 22 Skill Building Challenge, we are now officially halfway through our Master Skill Building Challenge event, with guest juror Donato Giancola.  We are pleased to announce that our cycle 23 Skill Building Challenge is now live in our student forums, open for all enrolled students to join. As we…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 20 winner announced..!

Cycle 20 Winners Announced! Our Cycle 20 Skill Building Challenge marked the start of our second annual Master Skill Building Challenge, and did so with a classic atelier assignment; Skull drawing and cast painting.  These types of challenges help put the student’s foundational skills to the test, and serve as a wonderful “warm up” as…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 19 Winners Announced!

  Cycle 19 Winners Announced! Our Cycle 19 skill Building Challenge, structured to celebrate the release of our Features and Facial Expressions lessons with Lucas Graciano,  proved to be a unique challenge for students..Not only did participants have to pull from their portraiture skills, they also needed to utilize their own reference and work to…

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Second Annual Master Skill Building Challenge, with Donato Giancola

  It is with great excitement that we announce our Second Annual Master Skill Building Challenge, with Guest Juror Donato Giancola. Our Annual Master Skill Building Challenge is designed to help our students push themselves in their training and help them to become better, more skilled and more proficient artists. With these goals in mind, we have reached…

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Skill Building Cycle 18 Winners Announced!

Our Cycle 18 skill Building Challenge was structured to celebrate the release of our Still Life Phase 3 lessons, now available to Full Access students.  Cycle 18 took the art of still life a step further for our students, as they had to create their own themed still life setup.  We’d like to offer our…

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The Winners of the First Annual Master Skill Building Challenge

We are extremely proud to announce the winners of our first annual Master Skill Building Challenge.  This contest, open to all of our enrolled students,  was made up of 6 individual, month-long challenges, and was designed to push participant’s skill sets in order to help them grow as representational artists.  Each student’s final portfolio was then submitted…

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Skill Building Cycle 17 Winners Announced!

As many of you know, our first annual Master Skill Building Challenge recently came to a close (more on that in a moment..!), marked by the end of our cycle 17 Skill Building Challenge.  With the jury results now in, we are thrilled to say we now know the winners of our first annual Master…

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Skill Building cycle 16 winners announced!

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate the winners of our 16th Skill Building cycle for their hard work and dedication to the craft.  We saw many amazingly beautiful finishes for cycle 16, but two submissions stood out to our judges, both for their display of gestures and rhythms, and for the marked improvement…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 15 Winners Announced!

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…

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The return of Friday Night live, This Friday, July 8th!

  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…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 16 now live! Cycle 15 winners to be announced shortly..!

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…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 14 winners announced! Cycle 15 now live!

Our skill Building cycle 15 Challenge is now live!  To participate and push your skills (and to complete your 4th piece in the Master Skill Building Challenge, with guest juror James Gurney) Please visit our Skill Building Challenge forums today.  Remember, these challenges are open to all active online students of any skill level, and…

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Skill Building Challenge Cycle 13 Winner Announced!

Cycle 13 was, by far, the most difficult of our Skill Building Challenges to judge to date…The skill and growth shown by the participants this past cycle was phenomenal!  Our team took their time combing through the entries and looking at the student work, and they have finally decided on our winners… Without further ado, we’d…

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Skill building Challenge Cycle 13 now Live! Cycle 12 Winners Announced!

Thank you all for making Cycle 12 of our Skill Building Challenges the most successful competition yet!  Cycle 12, in addition to being a “standard” skill building completion, marked the first leg in our six-month Master Skill Building Challenge, with guest juror James Gurney.  The caliber of the entries for cycle 12 were astonishing…We’re all…

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