2017 Fall Workshop: Keiko Tanabe
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Monday, October 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM MDT
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM MDT

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Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall 
3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT, UT 84109

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Julie Ickes 
Utah Watercolor Society 

Keiko Tanabe

Capturing Light and Atmosphere in Watercolor

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About the Workshop

In this workshop, Keiko Tanabe will demonstrate and instruct students on her unique, award-winning methods for capturing light and atmosphere with watercolor. Don't miss the opportunity to learn her masterful technique!


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Registration will be open to UWS Members only until August 21, 2017; then will open to non-members. Reserve your spot now. The workshop is filling fast!

October 2-6, 2017
9am-4pm each day (1 hour lunch)


Make sure your 2017-2018 UWS Membership Dues are paid before you register!! Click here to renew your membership or to join UWS. (You must be a Utah resident to join.) 

Workshop Fee (UWS Members) $495
Workshop Fee (Non-Members) $595 


NOTE: Light snacks will be provided. Each student is responsible for providing their own lunch each day. Students may stay to work on their paintings during lunch if desired.

About Keiko Tanabe

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan.  As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children's art contests.  However, art was not her chosen field of study later on.  She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California).  She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego.  In the last 30 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist.  That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.  After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan.  Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko.  From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly. In the same year, she discovered the joy of plein-air painting. Since 2005, her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across America, Asia, and Europe. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from around the world. She has also had paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Additionally, she has completed and self-published six art books since 2014. Since 2011, Keiko has been invited to instruct over 170 workshops and numerious live demonstrations around the world. She has served as Juror in a number of art exhibitions including major watercolor shows such as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the International Watercolor Society, the Central Watercolor Society, Pacific Regional Watermedia Exhibition, the Northwest Watercolor Socieyt, and more. Keiko currently resides in San Diego, California.

Important Information

Payment and Cancellation Policies 
Full payment is required to reserve your workshop space

Refund Policy
The UWS has no refund policy for all workshops. It is the responsibility of the registrant to find a replacement should that become necessary. The workshop coordinator can help by giving you a list of possible names IF the owrkshop has a waiting list. If you have questions, contact the workshop coordinator, Julie Ickes, at utahjewels@hotmail.com.

Online Payment
Online payments will be processed via PayPal only. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use the system. You can pay with your credit card or debit card. Just choose the "pay with a credit or debit card" option after clicking the PayPal link.

Check Payment
An additional $5 check-processing fee will be assessed if paying by check. The UWS must receive your check payment before a seat can be reserved. Make out check for $500 (UWS Members) or $600 (Non-Members), payable to Utah Watercolor Society. Mail checks to Julie Ickes. Contact Julie for address. utahjewels@hotmail.com.