“No Fear” Approach to Watercolor Workshop
Taught by Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Keiko Tanabe  

3 Days (one studio and two plein air) June 30, July 1 and 2, 2018

About the Instructor
Keiko Tanabe is known for her evocative watercolors of scenes around the world and here at home in California. Keiko is a member of four major watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society as a Signature Member. Her impressive list of exhibits, honors and awards can be found on her website. Keiko is a much sought after instructor. Her workshops given number more than 180. And if you’ve ever taken a workshop with Keiko, you know how accessible and gracious Keiko is with each workshop participant.


Workshop Description
Keiko understands that watercolor an exciting medium but is often said to be more unforgiving or difficult than other mediums.  This workshop is for those who refuse to believe that myth and are determined to have fun with less struggle.

Through small studies and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko explains her methods and techniques that students may apply to their work.  She also shares her decision-making process that enables students to understand key elements and how to make them work in a painting.  

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Keiko will demonstrate her no-fear approach.  Each demo is an example of how to take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and in content. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere.

The introduction touches upon the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye. The areas of topic covered in the workshop include: tonal value studies, a preliminary drawing and planning, how to edit complex visual information, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of dark and light values, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling.

In addition to daily demonstrations, there will be plenty of one-on-one guidance.

Level of Recommended Experience
Intermediate and advanced (basic knowledge & some previous experiences of drawing and watercolor painting is recommended to benefit from this workshop)

Enrollment Information
HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm with an hour for lunch
COST: $350 for SCAPE Members; $400 for Non-SCAPE Members (this rate includes membership at no extra cost)
WORKSHOP SIZE: Maximum of 14
LOCATIONS: (Santa Barbara/Goleta/Summerland): TBA

How to Enroll

  1. Pay online. Payment assures you a spot in the workshop. To pay: Select the correct rate (the non-SCAPE rate includes membership),    
    Click on the orange "Add to Cart" and follow the simple steps
  2. After payment, click on the "Download Registration Form”:    
        Print the form    
        Complete in pen    
        Mail the form to SCAPE (address is on the form)
  3. If the workshop is full, contact Cezanne Totton, Workshop Registrar to add your name to the Wait List

For Questions and Assistance, contact Cezanne Totton ,


One Day Studio and Two Days Plein Air Oil Painting: 
A Color and Value Approach with Aimee Erickson

July 13, 14 and 15, 2018



Painting in the great outdoors presents all kinds of fun challenges! There’s way more information than you need for a painting, so you need to have some kind of filter in order to simplify things. This oil painting workshop presents the opportunity to practice using your intention to choose what goes into your painting, and emphasizes the importance of having a clear idea before you start. What is it you see in something that inspires you to paint it? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint.  We will have one day in the studio to start, for demos and exercises; the other two days will be on location. 
Skill Level: Late-stage beginners, intermediate and advanced. 

About the Instructor
Paris-born, Portland-based oil painter Aimee Erickson takes a practical approach to painting. Trained as an illustrator in BYU’s Visual Communication Design program—where learning to draw was a requirement— she thinks in terms of creative problem-solving and intention. Her paintings are informed by fundamental design principles and an interest in abstract paint quality and color. 
After college she sought instruction from various painters and has studied with Sherrie McGraw, Burton Silverman, and at the Florence Academy with Joseph Paquet. Her influences and favorites include many old-school illustrators and traditional painters, as well as some composers and poets.
Over the years Aimee has worked at a variety of artistic endeavors: first as a scenic designer, and then as an expert freelance architectural color consultant, muralist, designer, and art instructor. Her mural projects include several school murals and one at the Multnomah Arts Center, ranging from forty to 180 feet long, all done with the help of hundreds of volunteers applying paint using Q-Tips to a mosaic-like effect. Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997.
Aimee has won Best of Show at many national events, including in 2017 Olmsted Plein Air and Pacific Northwest Plein Air.

How to Enroll

  1. Pay online. Payment assures you a spot in the workshop. To pay: Select the correct rate (the non-SCAPE rate includes membership),    
    Click on the orange "Add to Cart" and follow the simple steps
  2. After payment, click on the "Download Registration Form”:    
        Print the form    
        Complete in pen    
        Mail the form to SCAPE (address is on the form)
  3. If the workshop is full, contact Cezanne Totton, Workshop Registrar to add your name to the Wait List


Finding your Natural Style:
Plein Air Painting Workshop with Kevin Gleason

Two Days: Saturday and Sunday April 28 and 29, plus an Introductory Evening Friday April 27


Enjoy an evening in the artist’s home viewing and discussing art followed by two days of painting and demos in the field.

There are as many ways to interpret a scene in painting as there are artists in the world.  An artist’s style emerges as they make decisions about what aspects of a scene they want to emphasize.  

The main focus of this workshop will be on composition and design, since the design is what communicates this visual idea to the viewer.  We will learn how individuals can use shapes, values, edges and color combinations in a personalized way to create a strong focal point and emphasize what they love most about a particular view.


There will be daily demos in oils followed by exploratory exercises and then individualized attention while painting on site.  Students of all levels using oils or acrylics are welcome.  

About The Artist
I grew up in Lake Tahoe, California, but have lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty years.  There is nothing I enjoy more than hiking and exploring with my wife and daughters and painting the awesome landscapes we encounter.   I have taught drawing and painting for almost twenty years at Dos Pueblos High School.  I am honored to be a member of SCAPE and the Oak Group and I believe that landscape painting has never been more relevant and vital.  Besides being an act of creating something beautiful, our art can raise awareness about our vulnerable wilderness areas.

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Expressive Pastels: How to Loosen Up and add Spice to your Paintings
Karen Margulis, Master Pastel Artist

May 18, 19 and 20, 2018

Karen Margulis will cover tips and techniques to help artists interpret their reference material with more expression in their own unique voice. She will introduce simple ways to start a painting and how to finish and add those important finishing touches. Students will work with both dry and wet underpainting techniques.

The studio workshop will be held at the scenic Santa Barbara harbor, a wonderful spot to take reference photos.

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About the Instructor
Karen Margulis is an International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Master Circle recipient and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA). She is also a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.

“Karen has earned a well-deserved reputation as an excellent instructor. She is warm, approachable and helps increase skills and understanding of the concepts that will take your paintings to the next level.” Lynn Humphrey, Santa Barbara Pastel Artist

Karen Margulis’ landscape and wildflower paintings have received recognition in many International exhibitions including PSA and IAPS where her Queen Anne’s Lace painting won the 2011 poster competition. Karen’s work has been featured in the June 2014 issue of Pastel Journal. Her painting, Summer Reprise, was chosen for the cover image.


Matt Smith Studio Landscape Painting 2018

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Ken Kewley, One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Landscape – Without the Landscape



Paint Plein Air with Karl Dempwolf, Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, April 2017


Matt Smith, February 2017

Camille Dellar Workshop — October 2016

Randall Sexton Workshop — 2016

Larry Iwerks — January 2016