Matt Rota
Craftsy Instructor

New York

Matt Rota is a New York-based illustrator and fine artist specializing in narrative technique with watercolor and ink media. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in fine art and illustration at the School of Visual Art in New York City and The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, The Washington Post and other publications. His drawings and prints have been shown in galleries ... Read Full Bio »

Matt's Craftsy Classes


Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor

Explore fun, approachable exercises with guidance from professional illustrator Matt Rota and discover the thrill of creating a composition and completing it with color, texture and contrast. Learn to use a pen and nib to create a variety of marks and line widths, each with its own visual language. Add the brush to create washes, tones, and drybrush textures, then add watercolor to the mix to lead the viewer’s eye into compelling atmospheric space. Master these fundamental techniques and more while you discover the secrets to successful still lifes, portraits and landscapes!

$19.99 $44.99


Portraits in Watercolor

Let New York artist Matt Rota help you understand and exploit the seemingly untamable nature of flowing water as you paint from the general to the specific, incorporating graduated washes, hard and soft edges and warm and cool tones into a stunningly accurate watercolor portrait. Take advantage of watercolor’s portability and affordability, plus the expertise of New York artist Rota, who will be available to look at your work and answer any questions that arise as you paint. Get unprecedented access and close-up views of Rota's palette and brushwork, allowing you to observe his process as if in a private workshop. Embrace a world made with translucent washes of pure pigment.

$19.99 $39.99

What's New

My Paintings were just featured on Juxtapose magazine's webpage, check out the artwork and the writeup at!

Matt's Projects

Adding Warm & Cool Colors
Twin Peaks
Tonal Study
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