Keiko Tanabe: Capturing the Essence with Watercolor

$495/3-day Workshop 

January 30-February 1, 2023

Capturing the Essence with Watercolor

Keiko’s “no fear” direct approach is all about how to keep a painting simple yet strong and will be explained thoroughly in her daily demos of a variety of subjects. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject matter that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere. You will learn: what to look for in a composition, how to build a strong design, ideas to simplify, how to see and interpret as an artist, how to create light and atmosphere, how to express our emotions, etc. This is a fun class for all levels and each student will take away valuable information to move their skill to the next level.

Skill Level Required


About Keiko Tanabe

Mostly self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career in 2005. Since then, her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational, and gained world-wide recognitions. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published and featured in leading art magazines and a number of publications in the U.S., Europe and Asia. A sought-after instructor since 2011, she has conducted numerous workshops and live demonstrations around the world. Her approach to teaching is to help students identify and solve their problems to further advance their technical skills and refine their style.
She has frequently served as a juror in art exhibitions both on national and on international levels. In 2018, she was appointed to the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly. She has several books and 4 DVD’s published. She is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Since 2021, she has been an Official Savoir-Faire, Sennelier, Cretacolor, Fabriano & Raphael Advocate. Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California.

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“Watching you is pure magic and the passion you bring to your painting is infectious!” – Helen


“Awesome experience! Your teaching is clear, fast, and concise, a wonderful trait. You kept us focused, interested, and moved forward. This week provided me with knowledge that could help me reach the next level” – Meredith


“The workshop was absolutely wonderful, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was intense, chock full of very good information, and I learned so much.” – Martina



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