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Capturing the Essence of Umbrian Landscape – with KEIKO TANABE

October 7, 2021 - October 14, 2021



A $500 deposit secures your slot in the workshop!


This 7-day workshop is designed for those who would like to make a watercolor painting that is strong in composition and full of light and atmosphere. Keiko demonstrates how she interprets and simplifies the scene to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and a sense of place.  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 an artist’s vision. Through complete, step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will explain her methods and techniques to reveal her philosophy behind it.  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 vs. intuition, and how to edit complex visual information.  There will be a demonstration, plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis.  A class critique may be conducted at the end.


Keiko Tanabe

Mostly self-taught, Keiko Tanabe 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 recognition.  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 close to 300 workshops 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 4 DVDs of her plein air methods published.


October 7, 2021
October 14, 2021
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La Romita School of Art
Strada Della Romita N.26
Terni, 05100 Italy


Keiko Tanabe

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