Our mission statement:

The purpose of our organization is to promote interest, knowledge, and appreciation of watermedia through meetings, educational programs, instructional workshops and art exhibitions to its members and the public.

About VWS:

The Valley Watercolor Society season runs from September to June each year. We hold monthly meetings with visiting artist demonstrations, 1- to 3-day workshops nearly every month, and several plein air paint-outs a month (including over the summer when meetings and workshops are paused).

See our detailed event listing here for meetings, workshops, and paint-outs, or scroll down for our full-year schedule of meetings and workshops below.

Our monthly meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, September through June. (free for members, $5 visitors and guests)

Each meeting features a guest artist who speaks and gives a demonstration, meet-and-greet time, our monthly society show, in which members display recent work (and win prizes), snacks, a raffle, and great camaraderie and art. San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, where our meetings are held, is a gallery in itself, and at the break we can see the exhibit of the month. Everyone is welcome, both members (join) and non-members ($5).

Workshops run one to three days and are usually on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch in the middle. Prices vary on the number of days with a discount for members.

Plein air events are free and open to members and non-members. They go to various locations around town and usually occur on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays at various times of the months, with some variation. See the full event listing for upcoming paint-outs.

Meetings and workshops are held at at:

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

Parking is on Etiwanda or in the lot behind the complex, in the fenced in area. Do not park in the spaces reserved for businesses inside the courtyard. They will come into the meeting and make you move your car.

2018-2019 Meeting and Workshop Schedule

September 13, 2018Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by Christina Ramos$5Free
October 11, 2018Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by
Pete Morris
October 20, 2018Sat9a-4p1-Day Workshop with Pete Morris$80$60
November 8, 2018Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by Dave Lobenberg$5Free
November 9-11, 2018Fri-Sun9a-4p3-Day Workshop with Dave Lobenberg$300$240
January 10, 2019Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by John Byram$5Free
January 19, 2019Sat9a-4p1-Day Workshop with John Byram$90$70
February 14, 2019Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by Thomas Schaller$5Free
February 15-17, 2019Fri-Sun9a-4p3-Day Workshop with Thomas Schaller$330$270
March 14, 2019Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by Linda Kemp$5Free
March 15-17, 2019Fri-Sun9a-4p3-Day Workshop with Linda Kemp$330$270
April 11, 2019Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by Cathy Quiel$5Free
April 12, 2019Fri9a-4p1-Day Workshop with Cathy Quiel$90$70
May 9, 2019Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo by Joseph Stoddard$5Free
May 11-12, 2019Sat-Sun9a-4p2-Day Workshop with Joseph Stoddard$180$140
June 13, 2019Thu7p-9pMeeting & demo TBA$5Free

Previous demonstrators and workshop leaders include (click on any name to visit their website):

Carol Carter
Debbie Abshear
Louisa McHugh
Joe Cibere
Keiko Tanabe
Helene Jukoff
Jan Godachy
Mike Hernandez
Tim Kitz
Paul Jackson
Eileen McCullough
David Deyell
Phyllis Doyon
Iain Stewart
Catherine Tirr
Joe Stoddard
Judi Betts
Kevin Davidson
Frank Eber
Joe Garcia
Ruth Ellen Hoag
Jeanne Hyland
Cathy Koenig
Fealing Lin
Rea Nagel
Birgitt O’Connor
Cathy Quiel
Pong Apinyavat
Quinton Bemiller
Tom Fong
Joan Foster
Jeanne Hahn
Angela Hernandez
Morgan Kari
Judy Koenig
Karen McLean McGaw
Carl Purcell
Peggy Reid
Al Setton
Thomas Schaller
Linda Shaner
Phyllis Solcyk
Deborah Swan-McDonald
Brenda Swenson
Sharon Towle
Lian Quan Zhen

Our history:

In 1977, a small group of twenty watercolor painters got together to meet in each others’ homes to share their interest in and knowledge of watercolor. For four years they held talks and demonstrations by members and they regularly painted outdoors together. Known as the “Unstructured Watercolor Group,” the membership increased and soon they needed a newsletter to inform members of various activities and meeting arrangements. Garden party shows for selling paintings were held at the home of one of the members.

By 1980, the “Watercolor Group” outgrew the living room space and moved to various community rooms at local banks. In 1983, the group applied for non-profit status and registration in the name of “Valley Watercolor Society”. By-laws, including dues and officers were adopted for the first time. Open membership was changed to Juried membership, and the category of Patron was established for members who do not exhibit or vote. Membership growth brought a big bonus: Valley Watercolor Society could now invite the best watercolor artists in the country for demonstrations and workshops.

In 2016, Juried membership was discontinued, opening full membership to all. Applications for membership are accepted throughout the year.

Get to know our members here.