20 Minute Figure Layins with Jeff Watts and Alannah Rose


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Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

Critiques will be done by new instructor Alannah Rose. To see examples of Alannah’s work, click below!


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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. Demos will be available to watch on this platform 2 weeks after the final lesson.

Date : 14 Sep – 12 Oct

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Wednesday

Level :  All Level Welcome

Critiques: Alannah Rose

Lay-ins are the first 20 minutes of a drawing.  A lay-in represents the initial plan over which the rendering will be placed.  Without a good lay-in a great finish is impossible.  Students will concentrate on drawing 20 minute figure lay-ins as we work on concepts such as the abstraction, edge mapping and dynamics. Great fundamental class. Beneficial to all levels.


• Conte 1710b or Wolf’s Carbon 6B charcoal pencil

• Smooth Newsprint

• Single Edge Razor Blade

• Sanding Pad

• Kneaded Eraser

Jeff Watts

Jeff Watts studied at The California Art Institute where he was soon invited to teach as he began his illustration career in the movie industry. However, Jeff’s desire to become an easel painter would draw him back to San Diego where he started a small life drawing and painting studio which has evolved into Watts Atelier of the Arts now managed by Jeff and his wife, Krista.
Jeff’s oil paintings have won numerous awards including First Place Portrait category and Second Place Landscape category from the Artist’s Magazine, two consecutive Second Place Awards at the Salon International Exhibition, three Honor Awards from the Portrait Society of America, 3 Awards of Excellence from Oil Painters of America and 3 Top 100 Awards from Arts for the Parks. Watts’s work has been featured in Southwest Art , American Artist, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, Drawing and Workshop magazines. He holds Master Signature member status from the Oil Painters of America and is a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and an artist member of the California Art Club. Jeff participates in the prestigious Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and was recently honored with a Solo Exhibition at the Taos Art Museum and Fechin House. He is represented by Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ and Jacksonhole, WY and Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. For more information regarding Jeff’s fine art visit

Alannah Rose

Alannah Rose received her B.A. in Studio Art from Dartmouth College in 2013. She worked as a graphic designer for a variety of clients in the non profit, food, and gaming sectors before beginning her studies online with Watts Atelier in 2019. After studying with the Online school and Streaming programs, she left her career in design, moved to Southern California, and began training in person in 2021. She is currently teaching and pursuing a career as a professional illustrator.

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit