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Welcome to Valley Watercolor Society:
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California

behind the appeal of watercolor?  Is it the magic of layering one transparent color over another?  Or perhaps the fresh, exciting sparkle of a single beautifully laid brushstroke of color on a dappled paper surface.  Whatever the reason, Valley Watercolor Society (VWS) provides a forum for learning about and sharing watercolor painting as both a vocation and a hobby.

VWS conducts a variety of activities throughout the year. Please join us!



VWS holds monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month, September through June. Each meeting features a guest artist presenter who tells their personal philosophy while demonstrating water media techniques, and a society show of work by members. Visitors are Welcome.


Meetings are from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at:

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard St.
Tarzana, CA  91356

Click here for meeting demonstrator schedule


Almost every month, VWS hosts watercolor workshops led by fine artists in water media from California and around the world. Workshops range from one to five days and feature teacher demonstrations, painting time for participants, instruction, and feedback. Non-members are welcome.

Click here for workshop schedule


Each spring, VWS holds a juried exhibit which provides members a chance to show their best work.  A skilled juror, knowledgeable in the watercolor medium, selects from submitted digital images the paintings which will be accepted into the exhibit.  Many awards are presented.

Click here to view works from the 2017 VWS Annual Exhibit


Monthly VWS Paint Outs provide outdoor painting experiences to watercolorists and other water media artists.  Favorite Paint Out locations include Lake Balboa, Los Angeles Zoo, Descanso Gardens, Santa Monica Pier, Orcutt Ranch, Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carillo Beach and many more around the Los Angleles area. Non-members are welcome.

Next paint outs will be coming up in September. Stay tuned!

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2017 Annual Exhibit Top Honors

Gregory Radinov



Click here to see all the paintings in the 2017 VWS Annual Exhibit


Sept 15-17, 2017 (Fri-Sun, 3 days) 9 am-4pm
Carol grew up in Florida and finds inspiration for her painting in water as an environment for human activity, depicting the nude swimmer, sugar cane fields, egrets, muck, cane cutting, sugar farming in her work, using vibrant saturated color in both watercolor and acrylic. Join us at her workshop, which will be held at:

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

Cost: $240/member, $300/non-member

For more information or to register, email us.

Visit Carol Carter's website

Paintings by Carol Carter (click on image to enlarge):

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VWS is a non-profit organization