Painting Impressions
with Watercolor

Do you paint everything that your eyes see? Start seeing things differently and learn how to turn reality into a captivating, impressionistic image.

Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Fine Art Painters
Medium: Watercolor
Stage: Aspiring, Emerging

Saturday, December 7, 2024
& Sunday, December 8, 2024

10am – 5pm MT

Use code: KEIKO10 at checkout
Expires: October 27, 2024


Note: Price in $USD

25 in stock

All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

High School, University, and College students get 20% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Join Keiko Tanabe in this 2-day workshop and learn how 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.

Keiko will do 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 each day.

You Will Learn:

  • Learn a variety of watercolor techniques in paint application and brush handling
  • Learn what makes a great design
  • Understand the relationship between dark and light values
  • Develop your skills of planning & intuition
  • Learn how to edit complex visual information
Supply List

This is a list of suggested materials that you can bring to a workshop of Keiko Tanabe.

Please be sure to make preparations well in advance especially if you need to order anything as it might take some time for you to receive the product.

Ask the workshop organizer if the workshop is going to be inside a studio or in the outdoor or both.

Paints (professional quality (Sennelier):

  • cobalt 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
  • Feel free to bring your own favorites, too. Include one suitable for a monochromatic painting such as neutral tint, gray, sepia.


  • Any kind. Plenty of mixing areas will be useful.


  • 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.


  • Rough or cold-pressed; 140Lb (300gm) or heavier; cotton, professional quality such as Fabriano Artistico,
  • Arches, Saunders/Waterford and Baohong.
  • Please plan on using 2 sheets per day.
  • Also some paper to test colors (old or lesser quality paper will be fine).
  • Paper Size: 1⁄4 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

Use promo code “KEIKO10” for a discount if you order one), a portable chair if necessary

Any questions about materials? Please email me [email protected].

Instructor Bio

I believe that artwork is a mirror of what an artist feels about the subject, so it has to effectively communicate the artist’s vision through various techniques and components. What often triggers me to paint is not really the subject matter itself. When I see an interesting pattern of light and dark creating a certain mood or atmosphere, I stop and observe because something about it speaks to me.

That pattern can be a very dramatic contrast like a complex urban scene of skyscrapers with the sun setting behind them that cast long shadows. Or it can be found in a subtle contrast such as a rural landscape on a misty day with fog slowly moving through valleys between rolling hills.  Or it can be nice reflection on the shiny floor inside a bar or a profile of someone with contrasting tones on his face. These all have an evocative quality to me.

When I see that and am moved by it, I know I have found something that could be an emotional basis as well as a design component to create a painting from. As a landscape artist, I also strive to capture a sense of time and place. Especially when I am on location, I feel the place in all of my senses and the connection I establish that way to the subject is important.  It allows me to feel I am part of the scene.  It helps me delve into finding out what about it really speaks to me.

As I always say, I don’t think I choose a subject; rather it chooses me.  I just have to be acutely aware when that happens.  I think my painting is a mere response to that.


How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

How do I join my course?

You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 20% off ANY course (non-member price).

To claim this discount:

  1. Use coupon code in checkout: student_20_off
  2. Complete your checkout
  3. 🚩Before your course starts, Mastrius Registrations will contact you and WILL REQUIRE info to verify your student status

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