This class uses demo footage from the Fall 2020 term.
Date : 13-Jul – 10-Aug
Length: 5 Weeks
Videos Uploaded: Wednesday 12pm
Level : All Levels
Artists have long kept sketchbooks for everything from idea development to traveling diary. In this class we will explore the sketchbook as a tool for freehand perspective, anatomy, animal sketching, figure invention, landscape studies and more. We will learn to freehand sketch with ballpoint pen, graphite, ink and ink wash as well as a bit of gouache. We will spend several weeks on specific disciplines and subjects as described above. This class is great for all levels. Instructor demonstrations and critiques are standard.
- Sketchbook (toned paper or white paper)
- Varied sketching media, including but not limited to ballpoint pen, graphite pencil, gouache paints, prismacolor markers, digital media: start with what you’re comfortable with, and work to expand your media comfort zone as you progress
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