Animal Portraits in Oil with Jeffrey R. Watts


Registration Opens Sept 24th, 2020 at 8am PT

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.



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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class.

Date : Oct 7, 2020 – Dec 16, 2020

Videos Uploaded: 12pm on Wednesday

Level : All Levels Welcome

Animal painting can be a very passionate area of study as well as very lucrative.  Wildlife Fine Art Painting is a large field and most people would rather have a portrait of their beloved pet over a family member.  In this class I will take you through painting some reference I pick and toward the end of the class you can pick one of your own.  We will cover preliminary sketch idea generation all the way through to doing vignettes and more finished pieces.  This is a really fun opportunity to learn a lot about paint handling, painting technique and composition while we paint our favorite animals and pets.  You can always simplify your palette and turn this into more of a fundamental painting class if you are a bit newer.  Advised for intermediate, painting a few years fairly avidly, to advanced, painting 5 plus years regularly with proper training.

Video Archives will be available livestream students until Jan 2nd.


  • Painting Grounds (Preferred Brand: Fredrix)
    • (2) to 11”x14”  (6) 8″ x 10″
    • Canvas: Fredrix prestretched canvas: red or green label
    • Panels: Fredrix archieval canvas panels
  • Brushes
    • Below is an assortment of recommended sizes in bristles and sables.
    • Bristles (Robert Simmons):
    • Flats 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Rounds 2
    • Sables synthetic
    • Rounds  2, 4
    • Flats 2, 4, 6
  • Cleaning
    • Solvent: Gamsol Oderless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
    • Solvent container
    • Brush Soap
  • Palette
    • Wood, plastic or glass
    • Note: Freezer paper is another option.
  • Paints
    • Paints minimum:
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Phthalo Green
    • Titanium White
    • Phthalo blue
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Roll of absorbent paper towels Viva or Scott brand recommended
    • 100% clove oil (optional)
    • Retouch Varnish Spray can (optional)
    • painting Medium (optional)
    • Palette knife (optional)

Jeffrey R. 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

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Class Type

Full Participation, Audit