Dramatic Lighting in Gouache with Robert Watts


Registration Opens 1-7-22 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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This class uses demo footage from the Winter 2021 Term.

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

Date : Jan-18 – Feb-15

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Tuesday 12pm

Level :  All Levels Welcome

The importance of dramatic lighting cannot be overstated in all painting and photography. Robert will demonstrate methods and varieties of light and shadow and learning to spot, invent and include them in your work. All reference will be provided. Don’t miss this important opportunity.



Palette… Disposable pad $8… or Metal tray white $10-26

Ruler… 12” wood metal edge

Paper towels

Water container…not too small


Paints list: Winsor & Newton  best quality price

Alizarin Crimson $6.75 (incl. tax)

Ultramarine Blue $6.75

Winsor Green $10.80  ( Holbein  Pthalo green )

Cerulean Blue $15.88  (alt… Cobalt Blue)

Cad Orange $15.88  (no substitute)

Cad lemon $15.88  (alt Cad yellow Pale)

Permanent White lg. $15.50  (alt…Pro-White or Dr.P.H. Mar tins bleed proof white)…both sm. Jars

Ivory Black sm. tube $6.75  (alt… jet or lamp black)


Brushes list: Robert Simmons white sable or equivalent

Round #6   $7.30

Round #4   $5.80

Round #3   $5.50

Board: 3 Canson ‘Montval’ or equivalent 15 x 20 boards…each  yields:  4… 8.5 x 10 (avoid thin cheap board)

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

Watts New Year

Full access online membership discount

$199   $129/month

Available for new and current subscribers.

Use code: FULLACCESS2022

Offer expires January 31, 2022