Course Previews

  • 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… Continue reading

  • Still Life Phase I Preview

    Basic composition, staging, and limited palettes will be the emphasis of this phase.  The phase begins with one object rendered in each of the 3 palettes: Burnt Umber Pick-Out, Burnt Umber White, and Phthalo Blue Black and White. You will then work up to two (and ultimately three) objects. Instructor Jeff Watts will go over… Continue reading

  • Still Life Phase II Preview

    You are now ready to study some of the key patinas you will need to paint in your artistic career.  In this phase Jeff Watts has selected five of the patinas he has had the most calling to do in his career, as well as ones that were the most challenging.  Watch in the following… Continue reading

  • Still Life III Preview

    In this course, Jeff will show you how to approach still life painting with shorter, more gestural techniques.  This course focuses on the “direct” approach, and understanding how to paint wet into wet.  Watch as Jeff teaches you how to add life and vibrance to your still life pieces by keeping a quicker pace and… Continue reading

  • Gouache Phase I Preview

    In this phase Jeff Watts introduces you to his second favorite medium after oil: gouache. He will demonstrate this medium using a traditional approach that is rarely taught in contemporary art schools. It will be instrumental to your future growth. Jeff refers to this technique as “tiling”, but you can think of it as shape… Continue reading

  • Gouache Phase II Preview

    Now that you have successfully completed the Phase I gouache you can open up your palette some more, to a warm/cool palette. This will allow for a full treatment of color. We will again be working up our paintings through the chain of values, but now we will have a greater opportunity to use a… Continue reading

  • Gouache Phase III Preview

    Painting from the master’s was an instrumental learning tool for Jeff as a student and still plays an important role in his current training regimen. In this phase Jeff picked a few of his favorite illustrators to emulate. Each one possess certain qualities that he feels will help cultivate your design skills, color harmonies, edge manipulation and much more.

  • Landscape Phase I Preview

    The goal of this phase is to introduce you to the fundamentals of landscape composition.  Jeff will go over 13 different compositional “stems” used throughout history by some of the great landscape painters.  He will then use black and white gouache to do several small thumbnail paintings of each compositional stem, while explaining each one… Continue reading

  • Landscape Phase II Preview

    Now that you have begun to understand the basics of landscape composition, let’s break apart various concepts within landscape and learn to tackle them. In this phase Jeff Watts will be introducing you to a fabulous limited palette–similar to the Zorn palette–but more ideally suited to the landscape painter. It features four colors: cadmium yellow,… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • Inking Phase I Preview

    Inking Phase I is available as an Individual Masterclass Subscription, or available in Full Access or Instructor Mentoring   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… Continue reading

  • Inking Phase II Preview

    Inking Phase II is available as an Individual Masterclass Subscription, or available in Full Access or Instructor Mentoring   In this second phase of Inking, Doug will be walking you through inking with a brush. In this course he will cover: Landscape Start to Finish, a forest scene with water, reflections, trees, shrubbery and a… Continue reading

  • Inking Phase III Preview

    Inking Phase III is available as an Individual Masterclass Subscription, or available in Full Access or Instructor Mentoring   In this last phase of inking Jeff will take your through various master studies and photo reference interpretations in ink. Utilizing brush and quill, he will be focusing mainly on heads and figures. In the middle… Continue reading

  • Sketchbooking Preview

    In this course, you will learn how our instructors use a variety of approaches and techniques to explore ideas in their sketchbooks.  Follow Erik Gist, Lucas Graciano, and Robert Watts as they utilize a vast array of different media to explore preliminary thumbnails, dive into personal studies, work out character, monster, and environment designs, and… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • Studio Still Life Preview

    This video showcases a longer-format still life painting. We will cover the tools necessary to embark on a more complicated scene. A cohesive theme can be formed with a basic arsenal of elements such as flowers, metals and glass. Other topics are discussed ranging from the supply of a still life "larder" to color comps. This video is a fifteen part exploration of a garden theme with roses, bird nests, and antique metal objects.

  • Painting Mood & Atmosphere in Gouache Preview

    Join Robert Watts, Jeff’s father, as he walks you through a variety of illustrative scenarios and visual problem-solving solutions, using one of his favorite mediums, Gouache.  Robert will lend insight from his 40 plus years as a commercial illustrator and fine artist, and use his eclectic and masterful skill sets to demonstrate how to put… 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

  • Drapery Preview

    The goal of this class is to familiarize you with each of the seven key folds, as well as their function and usage in the process of drawing and painting. Through diligent practice of these principals you will eventually gain a mastery of drapery that will open you up to explore your creative and artistic potential.

  • Composition and Staging Preview

    The goal of this class is to simplify the elements and procedures that produce excellent compositions…from motifs, overlap, linking and the monster power of shadows to the concept of contrasts and that mysterious thing called mood.

  • Perspective Essentials

    Join Erik Gist as he delves into the essentials of perspective.  The goal of this course is more than simply learning the techniques and geometry for creating a convincing illusion of three- dimensional space;  It is about dictating how an individual perceives your image, how they enter and interact with the scene you have created.… Continue reading

  • Anatomy: Torso

    An in-depth understanding of anatomy is key to become a successful figure artist.  In this course, Erik Gist will teach you the skeletal structure, muscle groups, attachments and muscular insertion points of the torso.  This detailed knowledge is then put to practice, as you logically apply the exercises to rendered drawings, solidifying your understanding of… Continue reading