Capturing Essence with Watercolor with Keiko Tanabe

  • 25 Oct 2021
  • 9:30 AM
  • 28 Oct 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD
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  • Base price
  • Non-Member price
  • Used only by the workshop chair. BWS policy document states the chair attends at no cost to compensate for the work in setting up and running the event.

"Capturing Essence with Watercolor" 


Keiko Tanabe

October 25-28, 2021


Members: July 31, 2021................10:00 a.m. $475

Non-Members: August 14, 2021.....10:00 a.m. $550

Not member? 

Consider becoming an Associate Member for $25/year

Remember that these popular events sell out fast

Registration ends October 17, 2021, or when the event is full


Due to the high demand for workshops, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.

Hawthorn Center doors open at 9:30 AM on the first day 10/25
Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM on the first day and end at 4:00 PM

October 26-28 doors will open at 9:00 AM and instruction will be from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM  

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 recognition.  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 more than 230 workshops and numerous 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 2 DVD’s published.    She  is currently  a member of National Watercolor Society (signature),  American Watercolor Society (signature), North American Watercolor Artists, American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature a workshop with the internationally respected watercolor artist Keiko Tanabe.

The workshop will begin Monday October 25th and continue through Thursday October 28th 2021 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD. 


Proposed workshop curriculum

by Keiko Tanabe

 Theme:  Capturing Essence with Watercolor



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


This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong.  The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood. 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 show you how to take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content that is full of light and atmosphere.

Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior. 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 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.

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.

 For more information about Keiko visit

All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium.  



*This is a general list.  Some items below may not be for the workshop you’ve signed up for.  You don’t usually need an easel if a workshop is conducted in the studio, for example.

- Paints: professional quality brands (such as Sennelier, Winsor & Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith).  My basic palette consists of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna, burnt umber, quinacridone gold, lemon yellow, cobalt turquoise.  I also include: French ultramarine, yellow ochre or raw sienna, Dioxazine purple, cadmium red, cadmium orange or Winsor orange, viridian, lavender, titanium white.  You may bring your own favorites, too.  Include one color suitable for a monochromatic painting such as neutral tint, sepia, Payne’s gray.

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

- Brushes: Large brushes for a wash such as Raphael Softaqua (#6 or 8), Isabey natural hair mop (#8) and Escoda Ultimo (#18 or 20).  Medium-sized rounds (#12) such as Raphael Kolinsky 8494 and Escoda Ultimo or Versatil.  Brushes for details such as Raphael Precision and Escoda Perla (up to #14).  Other brushes useful: liner, rigger, dagger, flat (hake), etc.

- Paper: rough or cold-pressed; 140 lb (300gm) or heavier; professional quality such as Arches, Saunders/Waterford and Fabriano Artistico.  Please, no student grade paper.

- Paper Size: For my demos I use 14”x20” (36x51 cm) or half-sheet (15”x22”), and sometimes 18”x 24” (46x61cm).  In an outdoor workshop, a smaller size (12”x16” for example) may be more practical especially for quick studies.

- 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 (2B, 4B or 6B) & eraser, Sketchbook or drawing pad for thumbnail sketches and small studies, Container for washing brushes, towels or sponge

- Others (optional) e.g. table-top or foldable easel, masking fluid, salt, atomizer, tissue, color chart, viewfinder, value finder, ruler, hairdryer; portable chair, umbrella, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. that you think might be useful.

If you would like to purchase a basic painting/drawing set, here’s a link (This is not everything so you still need TO add other items on this list)

Any questions about materials?  Please email me                                  

* A roll of absorbent kitchen paper towels, absorbent cloth or sponge to soak up extra water on your brush. 

*Something to hold about a quart of water. 

  • The price for the workshop is $475 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $550 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.
  • Please pay online if possible; The payment system allows the use of your Credit Cards. Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below. Please enter the name of the workshop on your check.
The workshop will take place at 

The Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge
6175 Sunny Spring 
Columbia, MD  21044

  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online payment. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered.
FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION VISIT: and go to Public Events. 
Remember that these workshops fill up very quickly. When filled, you can register on the waiting list.

  • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time .
  • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
  • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
  • Paid registrants who cancel on or before Oct. 17th will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, the amount refundable is 80% of the workshop price.
  • Paid registrants who cancel after Oct. 17th will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will still be held unless the Hawthorn Center is unable to open or the workshop artist is unable to travel.  If BWS cancels the workshop, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rata refund for those days that were cancelled.
  • Check this website for changes, updates and new information.
  • Questions and requests to be added to the waiting list can be directed to Sabine Yeager (BWS Workshop Chair) at
The Hawthorn Center is located in the community of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, Maryland:

6175 Sunny Spring
Columbia, MD 21044-5623
Tel: (410) 730-7327


Hawthorn Center doors open at 9:30 AM on the first day 10/25
Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM on the first day and end at 4:00 PM

October 26-28 doors will open at 9:00 AM and instruction will be from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM  

One-hour break for lunch
Hawthorne C
enter closes and doors are locked promptly at 4:30 PM

Payments are preferred on line, but if you send a check, please have it made out to BWS and reference Keiko Tanabe Workshop to:

Sabine Yeager Workshop Chair
11315 Maplewood Dr.
Ridgely, MD 21660

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