2024 Keiko Tanabe Workshop

September 11th-13th, 2024

Dahl Event Center

Member Price: $350/person
Non-Member Price: $400/person

Catered Lunch: New this year we are offering catered lunch or you are welcome to bring a sack lunch. *Please note lunch break will not be long enough to run and get lunch*

Day 1 – $15

Day 2 – $15

Both Days – $30

Registration for the workshop will be open Wednesday, May 15th, 2024. The full amount will be due upon registration. We will take registrants on a first-come basis. The class size will be 20. If the class fills, contact Kristi Miller at kmiller60657@yahoo.com to be added to the waitlist.

Refund Policy: Cancellation is a 50% refund through July 18th and no refund after July 18th. If for any reason you cannot attend the workshop you signed up for, you may NOT give your spot to someone else. The NPWS will offer the spot to people on the waitlist in numerical order.

Keiko Tanabe Painting on a canvas

Keiko Tanabe Bio

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 workshop 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. She is also an Escoda International Brand Ambassador.

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California.

Workshop Curriculum

Theme: Painting Impressions with Watercolor


All levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop)


Do you paint everything that your eyes see? In this class, you will start seeing things differently and learn how to turn reality into a captivating, impressionistic image. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere. Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content.

The introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye. The areas of topic covered in this workshop include: a preliminary drawing and composition, a variety of watercolor techniques in paint application and brush handling, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of dark and light values, planning & intuition, and how to edit complex visual information.

Keiko does a daily demonstration with helpful tips and insights. Reference photos will be provided. There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance/critique and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis.

Materials Lists

– Paints: professional quality brands. My basic palette consists of cobalt blue, phthalo blue, alizarin crimson, orange, cadmium red, burnt sienna, raw sienna, quinacridone gold, lemon yellow, Dioxazine purple, viridian or phthalo green, turquoise, transparent brown, titanium white (all Sennelier). Feel free to bring your own favorites, too. Include one suitable for a monochromatic painting such as neutral tint, gray, sepia.

– Palette: any kind. Plenty of mixing areas will be useful.

– Brushes: Large brushes for a wash such as Escoda Ultimo/Versatil/Aquario (#12 or larger) or something similar. Medium-sized rounds of the same or something similar. Brushes for details such as Escoda Perla (up to #14) or something similar. Other brushes useful: liner, rigger, dagger, flat (hake), Oriental brush, etc.

– Paper: rough or cold-pressed; 140Lb (300gm) or heavier; cotton, professional quality such as Fabriano Artistico, Arches and Saunders/Waterford. Please plan on using 2 sheets per day. Also some paper to test colors (old or lesser quality paper will be fine).

– Paper Size: ¼ sheet or 12” x 16” up to half sheet (15” x 22”) recommended

– Others (required): Drawing board, gatorboard, foamcore or anything that supports paper (If you use a block, this will not be necessary.), masking tape, clips, or staplers to secure paper to the board, Pencil & eraser, Sketchbook or drawing pad for thumbnail sketches and small studies, Container for washing brushes, towels or sponge

Any questions about materials? Please email me ktanabeart@gmail.com.