Fechin Art Workshops: Jeffrey Watts

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?Five Day Portrait in Oil Workshop?

28 September – October 2 2015
Hotel St. Bernard
Taos Ski Valley, NM

All inclusive tuition $1,750.61
(Includes NM taxes and hotel gratuity)

limited to 20 students
(Cancellation date: 28 August)


Workshop includes all model fees and a private room, meals and amenities at the Hotel St. Bernard (stbernardtaos.com)?for 6 days / 5 nights.


Jeffrey R. Watts is a southern California native. Growing up in rural San Diego county with an artist father, Watts demonstrated an early aptitude for the visual arts. Soon after enrolling at the California Art Institute, Watts was asked to teach at the institute and then began to work as an illustrator in the movie industry. However, Jeff’s goal to become an easel painter drew him back to San Diego where he started a small life drawing and painting studio known as Watts Atelier of the Arts. Jeff’s aesthetic sensibilities have long drawn him to the figurative art of nineteenth century Europe and Russia. His Atelier allows him to work regularly from the live model, grounding his work in traditional principles.

Recently, Jeff’s work has been compared to that of Nicolai Fechin, an influence he is quick to acknowledge. “I never tire of looking at the work of Nicolai Fechin” Watts says, “his work is the perfect combination of control and chaos.” In 2008 The Taos Art Museum and Fechin House honored Watts with a Solo Exhibition in the original Taos home and studio of Mr. Nicolai Fechin.

Jeff’s oil paintings have won numerous awards from the Artist’s Magazine, Salon International Exhibition, the Portrait Society of America, the Oil Painters of America, the Arts for the Parks among others. Watts is a regular participant in the prestigious Prix de West Invitational held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Watts’ work has been featured in Southwest Art , American Artist, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, Drawing and Workshop magazines. He is a Master Signature member of Oil Painters of America, a Signature Member of both the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the California Art Club and is a member of the Portrait Society of America.

In this workshop, a variety of palettes will be explored as well as layering techniques while working from live models in gesture and long poses. Watts will work directly on student’s paintings as well as demonstrate frequently. The week will feature five days of intense study. Great for all levels.

Painting Grounds (Preferred Brands: Fredrix)
Canvas: Fredrix prestretched canvas: red or green label
Panels: Fredrix archieval canvas panels or Source Tek panels
9?x12? to 16?x20? (Please stay within these size perimeters.)

Brushes (Preferred Brands: Robert Simmons Signet Bristles and Langnickel Sables)
An assortment of rounds, filberts and flats in sable and bristle.
Below is an assortment of recommended sizes in bristles and sables. (Note: It is not necessary to have all of these
sizes but a good idea to work towards getting them.)
Bristles (Robert Simmons):
Filberts 2, 4, 6, 8
Flats 2, 4, 6, 8
Rounds 0, 1, 2, 4, 6
Sables (Langnickel if possible, other brands are fine as well):
Filberts 2, 4, 6, 8
Flats 2, 4, 6, 8
Rounds 0, 1, 2, 4, 6
Brights 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Cleaning Agents
Cleaning Solvent: Gamsol Oderless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
Solvent container
Masters Brush Soap

Wood or plastic
Note: Freezer paper is another option.

Paints (Preferred Brand: Gamblin, Da Vinci)
Paints minimum
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Alizarin Crimson Permanent
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Titanium White

Paints optional:
Yellow Ochre
Azo Green
Ivory Black

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