Gouache Sketching with Robert Watts and Ben Young


Registration Opens Wednesday March 1st, 2023 @ 8:00 A.M. P.S.T.

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 the 5 week term.

Critiques will be done by Ben Young


SKU: N/A Category:


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

Footage for this class comes from the Summer 2020 Term.

Date : March 14th – April 11th

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Tuesday

Level :  All Levels Welcome

This five week streaming class is designed to show a procedure for 4.5×7″ gouache sketchbook style painting and examples of the results. Reference photos and pencil images are provided.

There will be at least 3 different images for each session… at least one will be demonstrated each week… more if time permits. The subjects will include Natural and Industrial landscapes, costumed figures, Star Wars images and Vehicles.

The Livestream Video Archive will be available for all livestream students until April 25th.


Palette… Disposable pad … or Metal tray white

Ruler… 12” wood metal edge

Paper towels

Water container…not too small


Paints list: Winsor & Newton  best quality price

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine Blue 

Winsor Green ( Holbein Pthalo green )

Cerulean Blue (alt… Cobalt Blue)

Cad Orange (no substitute)

Cad lemon (alt Cad yellow Pale)

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

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


Brushes list: Robert Simmons white sable or equivalent

Round #6   

Round #4   

Round #3   

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.

Ben Young

Ben Young has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 20 years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Reflexive Entertainment, Upper Deck and Blizzard. Ben is currently working on his career in fine art. View more of Ben’s work at www.benmyoung.com

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit