Course Previews

  • Drawing Fundamentals Phase I Preview

    The goal of this phase is to provide you with a working understanding of the essential building blocks of all drawing, and ultimately painting, in the Watts method.  You will be introduced to concepts such as value scales, essential geometric shapes used to breakdown the complex forms of the head and figure, the four essential…

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  • Drawing Fundamentals Phase II Preview

    In this phase you will start using freehand perspective to construct lay-ins of solid 3D objects. We will build from simple, single objects to more complex multiple object scenarios. This phase will expand on, and reaffirm, the earlier concepts emphasized in Phase I. These exercises will prove instrumental as you move into the figure and…

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  • Head Drawing Fundamentals

    Overview Join Brian Knox, as he breaks down and then builds up the process of constructing the human head.  This course will instill a solid knowledge of the underlying structure of the human head.  Using a combination of constructive and rhythmical approaches, students will learn how to first block in major forms, then break down…

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  • Head Phase I Preview

    In this phase you will explore basic head construction, and learn how to simplify the complex forms of the head through various measuring techniques. You will then move on to studying the skull, the Asaro head (both simple and complex), and the rhythmical head abstraction. Each section will look at straight on, three-quarter, and profile head…

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  • Head Phase II Preview

    Now that you have started to become familiar with navigating the human head from various angles, and using a variety of techniques, it is time to put that knowledge to work.  In this phase you will be called upon to take the aforementioned techniques and apply them to drawing from photos of plaster casts. We…

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  • Head Phase III Preview

    In this phase Jeff will introduce you to the art of head quick sketch.  You will watch Jeff tackle indicating heads ranging from 15 second to 5,10,20 and up to one hour.  It is in these lesson’s you start to see the true value of all the hard work you did in phase I and…

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  • Head Phase IV Preview

    In this phase Jeff will be joined by two other two other Watts Atelier artists, Erik Gist and Lucas Graciano.   Each will demonstrate their use of the concepts taught in the first 3 phases as they execute 2 drawings each at a 3 hour duration..  This mirrors the standard class taught at Watts Atelier…

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  • Head Phase V Preview

    Join Watts Atelier founder Jeff Watts and Atelier instructor Jim Hahn for the fifth phase in our head drawing lessons.  In this Phase, Jim and Jeff will show the student how to approach a finished, polished, and fully rendered head drawing, paying special attention to features, likeness and design.  This phase will build off of…

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  • Figure Phase I Preview

    In this phase you will learn to break the figure down into various “mannequins” and to understand the canons of measurement and proportion. You will also be introduced to the male and female planes, and how to unify your figures using the basic figure abstraction. Terms defined in this phase will become critical for studying…

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  • Figure Phase II Preview

    Now that you have started to digest the basic foundational components of the Watts method, you can begin to apply what you’ve learned. This phase will introduce you to studying the male and female forms through photo work. Jeff will demonstrate how to bring out the basic abstraction rhythms, as well as walk you through…

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  • Figure Phase III: Quicksketch Fundamentals

    Overview Welcome to Quicksketch Fundamentals! This class will cover the basics that must be understood for the successful execution of figure quicksketch drawing.  This course will approach figure quicksketch by breaking down the discipline into three understandable principles: Gesture, Structure, and Mass.  By studying these three principles separately, students can then work to integrate them…

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  • Figure Phase IV Preview

    In this phase Jeff will be joined by two other Watts Atelier artists, Erik Gist and Lucas Graciano. Each will demonstrate their use of the concepts taught in the first 3 figure phases as they execute 2 drawings each at a 3 hour duration.. This mirrors the standard class taught at the Watts Atelier and…

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  • Figure Phase V Preview

    Join Watts Atelier founder Jeff Watts and Atelier instructor Jim Hahn for the fifth phase in our figure drawing lessons.  In this Phase, Jim and Jeff will show the student how to approach a finished, polished, and fully rendered figure drawing.  This phase will build off of the solid concepts learned in earlier phases, and…

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  • Inking Phase I Preview

    Join Jeff Watts and Doug Stambaugh in this long anticipated phase as we start to understand the basics of inking to help cultivate superior dexterity, foresight and design. This phase of inking will start with introductions to inking through the use of ball point, technical and brush pens. Next, we will start to break down…

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  • Observational Color Preview

    One of the greatest gifts of sight is our ability to distinguish colors. The human eye can distinguish around 10,000,000 colors. This may be why the Impressionist movement had and continues to have a large following. The transition from black and white training can feel daunting. There are so many choices, so many variations of…

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  • Mastering Quicksketch Preview

    In this phase we will be exploring one of my favorite subjects, the figure quick sketch.  It is an amazing skill to execute these to their highest level, and takes years of diligent practice to really feel comfortable navigating the human form in such a short period of time.  I have done this exercise consistently…

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  • Portrait Phase I Preview

    This phase will introduce you to several monochromatic palettes.  This means you will not be venturing into the realm of color as of yet. Instead, monochrome will give you ample time to focus on more important concepts: manipulating edges and values in oil paint.  You should start cultivating an acute awareness of value judgment and…

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  • Portrait Phase II Preview

    Now, after grounding yourself in the foundation of portrait in oil, it’s time to open up your palette range a bit. First we will jump into the “Zorn” palette, named after famed Swedish painter Anders Zorn. This four color palette is truly amazing. You will learn to premix this palette, then Jeff will introduce you…

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  • Portrait Phase III Preview

    In this phase we will be exploring the individual features in three palettes.  We will work from both male and females and utilize photo reference as well as master studies.  It is essential to Familiarize yourself with each feature from as many different types and angles as possible.  This will prove very beneficial as we…

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  • Portrait Phase IV Preview

    This course will expand upon your portrait painting foundational skills, and introduce you to the loose style and expressive edge work of gesture portrait painting.  These lessons will help you understand color and color mixing in a more instinctual way, as well as help hone your understanding of edge work and your ability to push…

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  • Figure Painting Phase I Preview

    In this phase we will again be placing the emphasis on limited palettes. We will start almost all first phases in painting this way.  The goal will be to familiarize yourself with value control, shape recognition, and edge control. Students will work from photos of the male and female casts, both front and back, as…

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  • Figure Painting Phase II Preview

    Having gotten familiar with navigating the human form from the major angles, and using controlled palettes, you are now ready to open the range a bit. In this phase you will again be working from photos of the male and female figures taken from the major angles. However, now you will be using the Burnt…

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