The San Diego Watercolor Society offers numerous options to get involved! Join us for our monthly meetings, First Friday receptions, and our popular paintouts & paint-ins. These events are wonderful opportunities to make new friends and explore your creativity.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held at the San Diego Watercolor Society gallery on the first or second Sunday. Members are welcome to bring a guest. Please see the below schedule or the calendar for exact dates.

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Typical Agenda

1:00 pm Social Time
1:30 pm Short Business Meeting
2:00 pm Artist Demonstration by Featured Artist (see below)

Upcoming Meetings

  • December: No General Meeting
  • January 12, 2020 Bob Burridge, demo artist
  • February 9, 2020 Iain Stewart, demo artist
  • March 8, 2020 Cris Weatherby, demo artist
  • April 5, 2020 CANCELLED
  • May 10, 2020 CANCELLED
  • June 7, 2020 Tom Lynch, demo artist - ZOOM MEETING
  • July 12, 2020 CANCELLED
  • August 9, 2020 Gabriel Stockton, demo artist - ZOOM MEETING
  • September 13, 2020 ZOOM MEETING - see calendar for details
First Firday Receptions

On the First Friday of each month, the San Diego Watercolor Society hosts a reception to present the month's new exhibition. From as many as 300 pieces entered, the juror selects the top 95 for exhibition and sale. Receptions are FREE and open to the public! Join us at the gallery for light snacks and beverages. See the calendar for dates and times.

Life Drawing

The San Diego Watercolor Society hosts a life drawing opportunity most Thursdays at the gallery in the Education Center. Please check the calendar for exact dates. Currently, we have clothed models 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Open to members and non-members.

Tables and chairs are available or bring your own easels.

Cost: $10 members / $15 non members

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San Diego is the perfect location for plein air artists with it's ideal climate and abundant scenery. Currently, paintouts are held every Wednesday and on the second Saturday of each month. Please check the calendar for exact dates and locations. Open to members and non-members.

Wednesday Painters
Every Wednesday, plein air painters gather to paint, share ideas and critique each other's work. There is no leader, no roll call, and no fees. All are welcome, beginners as well as experienced plein air painters. This group meets at 9:30 am and then holds a critique around noon.

Saturday Morning Painters
On the second Saturday of each month, a demonstration by a well-known water-based media artist begins at 9 am follwed by free-time for painting and a critique by the demonstrator at 12:30pm. All levels of artists are welcomed and encouraged!

Upcoming Scheduled Paintouts

For event specific descriptions and locations, see the Calendar.