Site Maintenance Tomorrow – Feb. 10th

Hi everyone, Due to the overwhelming success of the Guilds kickoff we are going to update the site tomorrow to significantly improve the overall speed.  We will begin our updates tomorrow morning (February 10th) at 7am PST. If you try to access the site tomorrow, you may find it in maintenance mode or you may only…

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Skill Building Challenge News; Cycle 4 winners, Cycle 5 announced!

The results of our Skill Building Challenge, Cycle 4 are in…!  This cycle saw our greatest turnout yet.  Our judges had a very difficult time choosing the winner of this cycle, but ultimately one student’s efforts claimed the winner’s prize.  Without further ado, we would like to congratulate the winner of our fourth Skill building Challenge..…

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Skill BuildingChallenges, Cycle 4 Now Live!

    Cycle 4 of our Skill building Challenges is now live and open for all participants of our online Atelier.  If you haven’t participated in our Skill Building challenges yet, now is the perfect time to start.  With new incentives and new “Path options” for  both the beginner and the advanced students, Cycle 4…

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New Classes for a New Year: Landscape Phase 3, with Jeffrey Watts

2015 has arrived, and we’re excited to begin the new year with the release of our online program’s Landscape Phase 3 lessons. This course walks the student through breaking down Landscape paintings from some of Jeffrey Watts’ favorite painters. While deconstructing the paintings, Jeff places emphasis on incorporating the chosen artist’s brushmanship, color harmonies, compositional choices,…

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Skill building Challenge news; Exciting Changes and Winner of Cycle 3 announced!

The results of our Skill Building Challenge, cycle 3 are in…! The winner will be receiving an original portrait drawing (pictured above) by Watts Atelier instructor Lucas Graciano. Our Skill Building Challenges are designed as a friendly competition that’s geared towards advancing the participants’ skill base. Each individual Skill building Challenge (which we refer to…

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Livestream Guilds Q&A, this Saturday, December 6th at 6:30pm PST

This Saturday night at 6:30pm pacific time join Jeff Watts, Greg Goodman and Tom Babbey, creators of the recently unveiled Guilds Program for Watts Atelier Online, for a special Live stream Q&A. Ask questions and get answers from the people who created this ground breaking new study program for Online Art Training. The Watts Guilds…

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Maintenance Update tonight at Midnight PST

The site will be down for an hour tonight at midnight PST (12/4).  We are just conducting some minor updates to our system. -The Watts Support Team


Now Available, “The Figure Drawings of Jeffrey R. Watts, Vol 1”

  We are proud to announce that Jeff Watt’s first book of drawings is now available through our online store. “The Figure Drawings of Jeffrey R. Watts, Vol. 1 The Male Figure,” is the first in an eight-part series, showcasing Jeff’s favorite efforts from his decades of figure drawing experience. This oversized book, measuring 14×10…

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Thank you all for your overwhelming support

“Spanish turkeys,” by Jeffrey R. Watts     In the spirit of the season, we would like to take a moment to thank you all for your overwhelming support of our Atelier and our new Guilds program.  When we first conceived The Guilds  program, we knew we had something special.  Even so, it was humbling…

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One more day to bid on a Friday Night Live original painting!

  Own the painting from our first ever Halloween Friday Night Live workshop, and help a great cause at the same time. There’s one more day left to bid on E.M. Gist’s painting of Boris Karloff’s “The Mummy.” All proceeds will be donated to Promises2kids, a non profit organization dedicated to the needs of foster…

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Site Maintenance Reminder

The Guilds are Coming! Just a quick reminder that the site will be unavailable on Sunday November 9 starting at 9pm PST until 3am PST as we make room for the Guilds.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you look forward to the new Guild features as well as a new facelift to…

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Welcome the Guilds, on November 10th

Join us in welcoming the next step in our online program: The Guilds   Learning on your own can be very overwhelming. The truth is that you are not alone. You are part of a vibrant community as a member of the Watts Online School. We’ve put together a program that leverages the knowledge and…

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Special Halloween Edition of Friday Night Live, With E.M. Gist

Happy Halloween, From the Watts Atelier!  Join Watts Atelier instructor and renowned horror illustrator E.M Gist on October 31st from 7-10pm Pacific Time, for a special Halloween edition of our Friday Night Live workshop. In the spirit of the season, Gist will be painting a monster portrait, live for our viewers.  The finished portrait will…

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Skill Building Challenge: Cycle 3 announced!

Cycle 3 of our Skill building Challenges is just around the corner.. For those of you new to our Skill Building Challenges, each cycle is broken into four individual one-week challenges, with a unified theme throughout all 4 weeks designed to push our students’ skills in a specify discipline from our online program.  While hard…

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Just Released: “Studio Still Life Painting,” With Meadow Gist

  We are thrilled to announce the release of a new Master Class to our online program; “Studio Still Life Painting,” with Watts Atelier instructor and fine artist Meadow Gist. This video course follows Meadow as she delves into one of the painting disciplines she is known for, her long-format still life paintings.  Students will…

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“Friday Night Live,” figure drawing with Jeff Watts

      Join us this Friday at 7pm PST for another free Friday Night Live session with Jeffrey Watts. Jeff will be working from a live model and demonstrating the abstractions, rhythms and techniques he uses when drawing the female figure. Join in the conversation during the live stream, and ask your questions to…

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“Friday Night Live” special guest; Gouache painting with Robert Watts!

  Join us this Friday at 7pm PST for a special Friday Night Live event, as Robert Watts Demonstrates his Gouache painting skills.  In his own words, Robert is going “to dance with the devil, and take a hand drawing of Captain Teague, to some sort of finish in gouache transparent to opaque.” If you’ve ever…

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New Specialty Class Released: “Composition and Staging,” with Robert Watts

  We are happy to announce the release of our latest Specialty Class; “Composition and Staging,” with Robert Watts. This course is meant to help the student break down, simplify, and understand the elements that make up a fantastic composition.  Robert draws on his decades of experience as an illustrator and designer to help students…

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The Skill Building Challenge Cycle 2 results are in!

  The results of our Skill Building Challenge, cycle 2 are in…! The winner  will be receiving an original portrait drawing (pictured above) by Watts Atelier instructor Erik Gist. Our Skill Building Challenges are designed as a friendly competition that’s geared towards advancing the participants’ skill base. Each individual Skill building Challenge (which we refer to as…

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“Friday Night Live,” Quicksketch edition, August 29th 7-10pm pst

Join us this upcoming Friday, August 29th, from 7pm-10pm PST for a special Friday Night Live event. Jeff Watts will be demonstrating his quicksketch process live, while viewers watch and ask questions. Working from a model, Jeff will show the viewers the type of drawing instruction that’s included in our Figure Phase III online lessons.…

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“Demonstrating the Craft,” Figure Painting with Jeff Watts, Part 2

A few weeks back, we gave you a look at the start of Jeff Watt’s in class demo for his “Long pose figure painting” class.  This week on “Demonstrating the Craft,” we revisit the demo and take a look at Jeff’s progress on the piece.


“Demonstrating the Craft,” With E.M. Gist

Watts Atelier Instructor E.M. Gist is well known for his horror, fantasy and sci-fi illustrations, but the skills needed to paint the imaginary creatures and characters in his illustrations are all honed by studying reality. Taking a look at Erik Gist’s demos from this term can help the aspiring fantasy illustrator understand why studying from…

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