Thursday and Weekend Paintsites Details

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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 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.

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.  

 Guidelines for posting your artwork on the Monthly Paintsites Blog

Thursday, January 27, Casa Grande, 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose map

Casa Grande by Jane Saltman

This impressive white building with a white picket style balcony was constructed in 1854, as the official residence for the New Almaden Mining Company.  There is also a redwood water tower, outbuildings, mining equipment, garden, and a view of the hills beyond. Although the mining museum is not open on Thursdays, we will have access to the restrooms inside.

Directions: From highway 85 take Almaden Expressway South for 4.5 miles to Almaden Road.  Turn right and drive 2.5 miles to the village of New Almaden.  La Casa Grande will be on your left.

Thursday, February 10, Ainsley House Historical Museum, 300 Grant Street, Campbell 95008 map

Ainsley House, Flickr Image by Frank Farm

Canning industry pioneer, J.C. Ainsley built this thatched roof Tudor revival house in 1925 at Hamilton and Bascom.  It was moved onto city property and now houses the history museum. Currently, the historic house museum is open Friday to Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm but on for this date we have special permission to enter the backyard at 10 am. There are good views from the front and the back.

Restrooms: Normally we would recommend the museum or City Hall restrooms, but they are presently closed due to pandemic restrictions. There are restrooms at Orchard Valley Coffee, 349 E. Campbell Ave or Starbucks, 267 E. Campbell Ave. For updates on the restroom situation please check Paintsites Details page before leaving for the site.

Directions: Take Highway 17 South to Hamilton Ave. Exit - turn right onto Hamilton Ave and go 0.2 miles. Turn left on Central Ave and go 0.4 miles. Ainsley House is located where Central dead ends with Grant Street.  For parking, turn left on Grant St, turn right on Harrison Ave, and turn right into parking lot with sign for Library and Museum parking.

Thursday, February 24, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park, 372 Manila Dr, San Jose map

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch House by Lisha W.

There is a restored historic ranch house, garden, farm buildings and barns, plus farm machinery and equipment, with shaded areas to sit and paint. Santa Teresa hills form a backdrop and beautiful setting. This wonderful historic site was added to Santa Teresa Park a few years ago.

Directions: From highway 85 take Cottle south. Turn left on Santa Teresa Blvd, first right on Camino Verde. Continue on through residential area until the road dead-ends on Manilla Drive. The park is just ahead of you and car parking is on Manilla Drive alongside the park.


When: Sunday, January 30, 2022 1 pm-4 pm 

Where: Rosicrucian Park

1660 Park Ave, San Jose, map 

Weekend Paintsites will also visit Rosicrucian Park (if you are unable to attend the Thursday Paintsite). The museum is also open on Sundays! 

Rosicrucian Park, with its world-famous Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, is also home to the new Rosicrucian Labyrinthis, Alchemy Exhibit, and Alchemy Garden, as well as the historic Rosicrucian Planetarium, Peace Garden, Rosicrucian Temple, and Research Library. In the gardens around the museum are interesting buildings, plants including pampas grass, trees, and statues with an Egyptian theme. We can sit anywhere but have been asked not to block walkways. 

Meet at Peace Garden. 

Directions: The museum is on Naglee between Bascom and The Alameda. From 880, take either of these streets to Naglee, turn left if coming from Bascom, right if on The Alameda and go to the corner of Park Avenue. Facilities at the Rose garden two blocks away. Street parking on Chapman Street and Randol Avenue. 

Or join us in the garden virtually: 

'Virtual' Weekend Paintsites 

Weekenders, join in the fun and submit a photo of your painting each week for the blog. See the guidelines above and submit a photo your plein air (preferred) painting to 

Where: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014,

When: Saturday February 26, 2018  

Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm 


This natural preserve was a horse ranch and now preserves the original ranch house, milk barn, livestock barn and a replica of the Baer Blacksmith shop. McClellan Ranch Preserve houses a nature museum and home to the Santa Clara Audubon Society. 

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Directions: Take Highway 280 to Cupertino. Exit south on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (De Anza Blvd.) turn right on McClellan. The park is two miles from De Anza Blvd. and is on your right, across from the golf course. Overflow parking is available just west of the creek.

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