Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class.
Date : Oct 5, 2020 – Dec 14, 2020
Videos Uploaded: 12pm on Monday
Level : All Levels Welcome
True learning begins when we slow down and work carefully, observing all facets of form, and recording them carefully. These 3-week (9-hour) portrait poses are designed to help slow down the student, help to learn to observe and translate what they see into solid imagery. This class will really help with likenesses and rendering, understanding half and middle tones, as well as understanding the importance of layering, and a build up of tones from the lightest to the darkest.
Video Archives will be available livestream students until Jan 2nd.
Note: The following is a list of suggested materials.
Additional materials may be used with instructor approval.
Portable electric eraser (optional)
Portable (small) electric pencil sharpener
Sanford (turquoise shaft) F, HB, 2B, 3B, 6B
Monolith pencils in varying hardnesses(same as above–optional choice)
Kneaded eraser/Hard eraser (your choice)
Arm rest of your making Something to keep your hand elevated from your drawing
Strathmore 500 smooth plated paper 18×24
(may be smaller for Head Drawing)
Vellum (heavy) 18×24
Newsprint (smooth) 18×24
Others: Fabriano, Strathmore, etc…
Pad of tracing paper (11×14 or 12×16)
Small box to carry supplies in
Jim has studied at Watts Atelier since 2004. He is currently one of a handful of artists in the student teacher program who is working towards a full-time career as an artist and teacher. He has worked in the sign and outdoor advertising industry for more than 25 years as a journeyman painter and graphic designer. Jim has done a number of large commissioned murals including the one that currently displays above the entrance to to our own San Diego Zoo.