KEIKO TANABE Rockland Watercolor: Simple & Strong!! 7.15 WAIT LIST ONLY!

Keiko’s class last year was a great pleasure for her students. Down-to-earth,  committed  to meeting their needs, full of info and so skilled a painter, Keiko provided a wonderful  class; we’re pleased to have her back!                                                                                                                                                                                           

No matter the subject, a painting needs a strong foundation and a good design. In this workshop, Keiko will explain what to look for to make that happen. She will teach through painting demonstrations and lectures, bringing you to a better understanding of the methods and techniques that make a watercolor painting  simple yet strong.

Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration through the simplification process, all the way to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Her introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know your materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye.

Keiko’s goal is to teach you  to capture the essence of the subject, conveying a certain, chosen mood and atmosphere with confidence. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, this ability to see the end result of a painting through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing your artist’s vision. The ability to do so, and quickly, is especially useful when painting en plein air but it is also helpful even when one paints from a photo.

The areas of topic Keiko will cover in this workshop include: preliminary drawing and composition; a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling; the elements of good design; understanding of relationship of values; planning & intuition; and how to edit complex visual information. There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis, with the possibility of a full class critique at the end.

Altho the class is intended for All Levels, to benefit fully from it, Keiko recommends you                            have at least some basic knowledge & previous experience, 

 ARTIST STATEMENT: “When I see an interesting pattern of light and dark creating a certain mood, I stop and observe because something evocative about it inspires me and speaks to me. When I paint, I try to be as true as possible to my inspiration. When I succeed, I am treated to the magic that brushes can do – because, together with water, my brushstrokes surprise me by exposing something of my inner spirit I was not even aware of. Not an easy thing to achieve but to me, this is the ultimate moment when I can feel such a great sense of accomplishment in a painting.” Keiko Tanabe


Keiko Tanabe, AWS, NWS, LPAPA. Often working en plein air, her atmospheric watercolors perfectly capture a sense of time and place. Through her use of color, textures, and signature brushwork, Keiko’s landscapes and cityscapes, beautifully convey both the exotic and the simple scenes of the many places she travels. Never attending art school, Keiko took only one drawing class to learn basic technical skills before she started painting in 2005.

One year later, after learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, Keiko decided to paint full-time. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language. Her subjects include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior scenes, which will be demonstrated in the workshop, using representational and impressionistic compositions. Since 2011, Keiko has completed successfully more than 400 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world. She has 4 DVDs and several books of her art and has been featured in many art magazines.


      1. Some General Class Information:

We will make sure you know our 2022 Covid protocols well ahead; please be assured that we will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you! Compliance with our protocols is required. We’ll decide on carpooling depending on necessary 2022 Covid protocols.

  • Do bring layers for 3 seasons and rain gear…Maine weather changes in a blink and we really never know with any certainty from day to day! We’re fairly informal most everywhere tho, depending on where you eat out…many times, students just clean up in the studio, then head straight to a restaurant…

  • We‘ll process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all! It has the answers to most of your questions!

  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!

  • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes run M-F usually between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.

  • We always have a 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM and deliver to your location…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!

  • We no longer provide bottled water: make sure you have at least one refillable water bottle! Tap water is fine to drink…

  • Our Studios are large, with good light, one with waterviews; you’ll have table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. 

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning! Make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!

  • There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.

  • We usually carpool  (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

  • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

  • Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!

  • For Lodging (scroll down that page for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!