Drawing

The principles of drawing ultimately become a cornerstone for students who later embark on their training in painting. This program will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of visual depiction, using some of the most rewarding and thorough navigation systems for drawing. Fasten your seatbelt as we get ready to embark on the path to mastering the art of drawing in the Watts method.

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • Figure Drawing Fundamentals Preview

    Figure Drawing is essential. It is a core foundation of being a great representative artist. Through figure drawing you will learn so much about the various techniques that we employ at the school, such as angle measurements, comparative measurement and plumb lines, anatomy and more. In this introductory figure drawing phase, get ready for the… Continue reading

  • Bridgman Anatomy Phase I: Torso Front and Back

    Join Jeff as we delve into Bridgman Anatomy! This first phase will encompass the torso, front and back. We will be using a variety of techniques in this phase to accomplish the task of cleaning up and understanding Bridgman’s Drawings, interpreting his design into photos and then embellishing our own drawings by doing master studies… Continue reading

  • Studio Landscape: Structures

    In this course, Robert Watts will show you how to execute a studio landscape painting with a focus on structures..  Watch as Robert explains the differences between plein air painting and studio landscapes, and learn the importance of color studies and how to properly utilize reference in the studio.  Follow along as Robert demonstrates these… Continue reading