Painting from the Masters: Landscape with Ben M. Young


Registration opens 10-25-23 at 8am PT at 8:00 A.M. P.S.T.

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

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

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Date : Nov 8 – Dec 13

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Wednesday

Level :  All Levels Welcome

Painting from the Masters landscape will be from 5 artists: are Trevor Chamberlain, Calvin Liang, Ruo LI, Bill Anton, and John McCartin.  The goal is to do a painting from start to finish every 2 weeks.  One of the age old techniques for students to gain a foothold on their basic painting skills, and learn advanced painting procedures for finishes was copying the paintings of masters. Copying the great masters is a way to understand painting procedure learned through the recreation of their techniques. If the painting is thoughtfully reproduced, the student will gain a great deal of insight into how to solve problems in paint when approaching their own work. To fully appreciate and understand all the preparation that is required to produce a large finished painting we will be doing studies in a variety of sizes, small, medium, and large scale. We will be working from a variety of Masters in this class. Master reference will be provided.  Instructor demonstrations and critiques are routine.


    • Paints:
      Titanium White
      Cad yellow light
    • Cad Orange
      Alizarin Permanent
      Ultramarine Blue
      Thalo Green
      Burnt sienna
    • Optional paints:
      Cad Yellow Medium
    • Indian Yellow
      Cad Red Light
    • Red Rose Deep
      Cerulean Blue or cobalt blue
    • Thalo Yellow Green
    • Brushes:
    • 4-6 Bristle flats or filberts, ranging from a ¼ inch to 3/4 inch in size.
      A ¼ inch and ½ inch sable brush flat. 1 small round synthetic sable for detail.
      I recommend Robert Simmons Signet for bristles and Princeton Summit 6100F for sables, but any moderately priced decent quality brush will do.
    • Other supplies:
    • Palette or palette paper. (the larger the better)
    • Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits
    • Metal or Glass Brush Washer/container
    • Paper towels or rags to clean brushes (Blue shop towels or Viva brand)
    • Brush soap (Dr. Bronner’s Castile)
    • Surfaces:
    • (3) canvases or panels 9” x 12”
    • (2) 8”x10”
    • Optional supplies:
    • Vine charcoal
    • Graphite pencil 2H
    • 100% Clove oil
    • Retouch Varnish (Spray can)

Ben M. 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

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Class Type

Full Participation, Audit