Portrait in Oil: 2 Week Poses with Jeffrey R. Watts


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 10 – Dec 15

Length: 5 weeks

Videos Uploaded: Friday

Level :  All Levels Welcome

The Objective of this class will be to learn how to take a portrait to a further finish than what we normally do during a 3 hour portrait class.  We will spend two weeks on 3 paintings and 4 weeks on our last one.  I will pick the reference for the first 3 and you will pick the last one.  I will go over picking reference when I demo the first demo.  We will explore various paint handling techniques and each student can pick one of the 3 palettes I go over based on their proficiency level.  I suggest the student has some prior painting experience but I am opening this class up from intermediate to advanced.  If you have never painted portraits I would hold off on this one and focus on Oil painting Fundamental classes instead.  This is a really great class for many levels.


  • Painting Grounds (Preferred Brand: Fredrix)
    • (2) to 11”x14”  (6) 8″ x 10″
    • Canvas: Fredrix prestretched canvas: red or green label
    • Panels: Fredrix archieval canvas panels
  • Brushes
    • Below is an assortment of recommended sizes in bristles and sables.
    • Bristles (Robert Simmons):
    • Flats 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Rounds 2
    • Sables synthetic
    • Rounds  2, 4
    • Flats 2, 4, 6
  • Cleaning
    • Solvent: Gamsol Oderless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
    • Solvent container
    • Brush Soap
  • Palette
    • Wood, plastic or glass
    • Note: Freezer paper is another option.
  • Paints
    • Paints minimum:
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Phthalo Green
    • Titanium White
    • Phthalo blue
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Roll of absorbent paper towels Viva or Scott brand recommended
    • 100% clove oil (optional)
    • Retouch Varnish Spray can (optional)
    • painting Medium (optional)
    • Palette knife (optional)

Jeffrey R. Watts

Jeff Watts studied at The California Art Institute where he was soon invited to teach as he began his illustration career in the movie industry. However, Jeff’s desire to become an easel painter would draw him back to San Diego where he started a small life drawing and painting studio which has evolved into Watts Atelier of the Arts now managed by Jeff and his wife, Krista.
Jeff’s oil paintings have won numerous awards including First Place Portrait category and Second Place Landscape category from the Artist’s Magazine, two consecutive Second Place Awards at the Salon International Exhibition, three Honor Awards from the Portrait Society of America, 3 Awards of Excellence from Oil Painters of America and 3 Top 100 Awards from Arts for the Parks. Watts’s work has been featured in Southwest Art , American Artist, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, Drawing and Workshop magazines. He holds Master Signature member status from the Oil Painters of America and is a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and an artist member of the California Art Club. Jeff participates in the prestigious Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and was recently honored with a Solo Exhibition at the Taos Art Museum and Fechin House. He is represented by Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ and Jacksonhole, WY and Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. For more information regarding Jeff’s fine art visit

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit