Paintsites General Information
The usual start time for Thursday paint sites is flexible. The organizers are usually there at 10 AM. Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site. If COVID restrictions are not in place, then after lunch we will share our paintings. For Weekend paint site start times please check specific site details below.
In case of rain or other unforeseen events: Cancellation will be announced on http://www.scvws.org/ and on the home page by 8 AM on the day of the event. Cancellation will also be announced by email to members, but the timing of SCVWS paint site email cannot be guaranteed. Always check the Society website and your email before venturing out to a paintsite. Also check this site for rain dates, rescheduled paint sites cancelled due to inclement weather.
Pandemic Guidelines for scheduled Paintsites events :
Please refer to State of California Pandemic Guidelines for the latest protocols:
All attendees must wear a face mask and maintain 6' distancing between others if participating in our group discussions or demos.
Paintsites Blog/Facebook Private Group Status
The Paintsites Blog is no longer being published although past blog postings, which include site photos and reviews, are still accessible at http://scvwspaintsitesblogspot.com. For the time being we have chosen to transition to a Facebook private group located on the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Facebook page. With FB private group you will be able to post your own photos of artwork and the site, plus comments/feedback on yours and fellow artists' work. Your private posts will only be shared with invited members.
How to Join Paintsites Facebook Private Group
NOTE: You must be a member of the SCVWS and be attending paint sites to join this FB private group. For site schedule, time changes, cancellations and guidelines and other important notices, please check this details page regularly.
Note that the SCVWS website and Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Facebook are completely different sites.
To Join the FB private group send a request to Paintsites@scvws.org and you will be sent an invite, then accept the invite. To begin posting to the SCVWS FB private group, go to the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Facebook page, click on more, then groups and then you will see the Paintsites private group. For further questions contact Paintsites@scvws.org
The Allied Arts Guild is an enchanting complex of shops and artists' studios with adobe-type buildings, arbors, fountains and flowers.
Directions: From Hwy 101 exit at University Ave, Right on El Camino Real, Left on Cambridge. Allied Arts is on Arbor Rd at the end of Cambridge. From 280 exit at Sand Hill Road, Left on Junipero Serra which becomes Santa Cruz, Turn right on Arbor Road.
Thursday, February 2, 2023: The Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell Map
Photo from Alison
The Pruneyard is a recently updated open air, shopping center located close to
downtown Campbell, with mission style architecture and outdoor plazas. Plenty
of subject matter, and places to shelter if inclement weather. Meet at the blue
gorilla sculptures near Trudys.
Directions: Take CA-17 toward Santa Cruz. Take exit 25 for Hamilton Ave, use
right lane to turn onto E. Hamilton Ave. Turn right onto Creekside Way, then right
on Campisi Way. Parking garage is on your right, 3 hour parking only. Parking Map
In case of rain: Cancellation will be announced on the “Thursday Paintsites”
area of http://www.scvws.org/ by 8 AM on the day of the event. Cancellation will
also be announced by email, but the timing of SCVWS paintsite email cannot be
Thursday, February 9, 2023: Sikh Gurdwara, 3636 Murillo Ave, San Jose
Photo by Brad Santos
This is the largest Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship) in North America. The
temple is a stunning building which was completed in 2011 at a cost of $32
million. It is located on the side of a hill with a commanding view of San Jose.
Anyone entering the temple or the kitchen where they serve free food is required
to wear a head covering which they have available. Meet the organizers on the
plaza in front of the temple.
Directions: Exit 101 in San Jose at Capitol Expy and drive east on Capitol Expy.
In less than one mile turn right on Aborn Rd and drive 2.7 miles. Turn left onto
Murillo Ave, drive .7 miles, and the large parking lot is on the right.
Thursday, February 16, 2023: Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum Inside Sketching, 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale 94087 map
Photo courtesy of Sunnyvale Heritage Museum website
We have permission to sketch inside the Museum before regular opening hours. The building is a replica of the Martin Murphy Jr. Bayview House. The museum contains several furnished rooms and other exhibits including a beautiful 360 degree hand-painted mural of the Sunnyvale area from the Ohlones to the late 1950’s.
Felt pads are required on portable chairs to protect the museum hardwood floors. I will have felt pads on hand. A smaller exhibit area upstairs, accessible by elevator, is carpeted and has seating.
Sketching is from 10 am until noon. Only pencil or pen sketching is permitted -- no paints. No food is allowed in the museum. Entrance is free but donations are welcome.
Paint outside the Murphy House if weather is favorable. Please stay on paved areas as the orchard soil will be very muddy.
Directions: From 280 take De Anza Blvd. (which becomes Saratoga Sunnyvale) north to Remington and turn right. Go to past the Sunnyvale Community Center to Michelangelo and turn right. There is parking by the interpretive center.
In case of rain: Cancellation will be announced on the “Thursday Paintsites” area of http://www.scvws.org/ by 8 AM on the day of the event. Cancellation will also be announced by email, but the timing of SCVWS paintsite email cannot be guaranteed.
Thursday, February 23, 2023, Rain Makeup-Day