Gouache From the Masters: Landscape with Robert Watts


Registration Opens June 29th, 2022 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.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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Date : Jul 14 – Aug 11

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Thursday at 12pm PT.

Level :  All Levels Welcome

In this class we will explore many different artists, from old masters to contemporary ones. Each week we will explore how each of these master painters uses value, shape, and color to compose their images. Doing gouache thumbnails in 1-2hr increments will help us understand the general foundation into what makes their work so compelling. The focus will be on establishing mood, lighting, and textures through short-hand indications. If you’ve never worked in gouache that is OK. There will be frequent instructor demonstrations.




Combination of both flats and rounds (Size 0, 2, 4, 6)


Larger size “chip” brush or cheap brush. Helps to wet large areas.



Recommended brand – Winsor and Newton

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue


  • Brilliant Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow


  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Flame Red


  • Cadmium Orange
  • Permanent White
  • Ivory Black


Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White (another good white to have, stronger than permanent white. It’s good to have both, but not required. 

  • https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Ph-Martins-400032-XXX-Bleedproof/dp/B008CRS1CM



Enamel Palette

  • https://www.dickblick.com/products/butcher-tray-palettes/


Crescent Board # 100, 110 or 114

  • https://www.jerrysartarama.com/crescent-canvas-art-boards


Canson Montval Board is an alternative

  • https://www.dickblick.com/items/canson-montval-watercolor-art-board-16-x-20-natural-white/


  • Variation of pencils (HB, H, 2H, 2B, 3B, etc…)


  • Board and clips for board


  • Paper towels

Robert Watts

Robert Watts is the consummate professional. His credits include lead illustrator for Ryan Aeronautical, Navy Combat Artist during Vietnam and founding President of the Society of Illustrators of San Diego. His awards include, but are not limited to, ‘Best of Show’ and Franklin Mint Awards at the American Society of Aviation Artist exhibitions in 1992-93. Mr. Watts attended both Pratt Institute and Art Center. With over 30 years of experience, Robert Watts has worked for varied clients including NASA, American Airlines, General Dynamics, and the U.S. Navy. Mr. Watts is currently one of the premier architectural illustrators in San Diego and a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit