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Artists at Calero County Park sketched by Candy Yu

The group at Calero County Park, by Candy Yu

SCVWS offers its members the opportunity to paint and/or sketch at outdoor sites in the company of other members.  By painting together we enjoy the company, security, and conversation of other painters and inspire each other to improve our skills. This was the original purpose for the formation of the Society in 1967 and the tradition has been maintained over the years resulting in a huge inventory of wonderful paint sites. These include historic houses, barns and churches, private gardens and public parks, lakes, streams, woodlands, mountains, the Bay, boat yards, the beach, etc., etc.

The sites are generally easy to access, have toilet facilities, and shade. They are also chosen seasonally to take advantage of blossom times or fall colors.

Plein Air painting at Coyote Hills
Plein air painting at
Coyote Hills

Thursday Morning Group
We meet on Thursdays all year round. We also add in occasional extras such as visits to exhibits and our Hike and Sketch events.  For more information or questions please contact the Thursday paintsite leaders at:

Weekend Group
We meet one Saturday a month, not necessarily the same Saturday of the month.  For more information or questions please contact the weekend paintsite leaders at: email
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Hike and Sketch
The Hike and Sketch events are fun trips involving some gentle hiking to sketch from vantage points not normally visited on the regular paint sites. Recently we have hiked and sketched at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Coyote Hills, Rancho San Antonio, and Alum Rock Park. Members can join the paintsites email list to be advised of these extra events, which do not always appear in the newsletter.
Hidden Villa by Jane Saltman
Hidden Villa - by Jane Saltman
Hidden Villa by Sylvia Waddell
Hidden Villa - by Sylvia Waddell

It's important to know....Start time at each paint site is flexible unless indicated. The organizers will be there from around 10:00 a.m. Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site, so any time that you can arrive is OK. If the paint site is large, for example, the San Jose Historical Museum or a street venue, it is recommended that you call one of the organizers, so that a specific meeting place can be arranged. The organizers always carry their cell phones (numbers at right) to the Thursday sites. Also, be sure to call ahead if the weather looks uncertain, particularly in winter.

Contact the organizers:

Jane Saltman



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Vasona Lake by Lisha
Vasona Lake - by Lisha Wang


Vasona Lake by Marilyn Perry
Vasona Lake - by Marilyn Perry


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If you would like to see what you have missed already this year and find out how much fun we're having check out our blog. Members who particpate in a paintsite are welcome to have their art posted to the blog.  Please see the instructions on the Members Only home page.

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