Philadelphia Water Color Society


Upcoming events

    • July 16, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • online via Zoom

    You are invited to join us for our first online membership meeting. We are excited about this opportunity to connect with our members and let everyone know what is going on with our group. This presentation will be an overview of current events, exhibitions and some future plans. We are offering many events that will be inspirational, rewarding and informative, such as online demos, in-person workshops, plein air meetings and chances to enter online and in-person watercolor competitive shows.

    If you are interested in meeting our PWCS board members and hear what each of us does, please attend! We would love to have all members understand a little more about what we do and how our group operates. If you have considered helping out in some way, but are not sure what is involved, tune in. Each of us will describe our specific duties and the time involved for those. We welcome other interested artists to learn more and get involved.

    We are looking forward to sharing our enthusiasm for PWCS and our role in the watercolor community. Please join us for this evening zoom call on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024.

    • July 25, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cafe Shop 543, 15 Flagship Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19112

    Join us for something different, painting moored ships and other nautical subjects in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. We'll meet at Cafe Shop 543, (15 Flagship Drive) in the Navy Yard. (Find Cafe Shop 543 on Google Maps.)

    Bring a bag lunch or eat at Cafe Shop 543. Restrooms are available in the cafe (open 11-2) or at at the visitors center in nearby Central Green Park.

    This plein air event is open to both members and non-members. The rain date is  Friday, July 26.

    Frigate Row (at the Philadelphia Navy Yard) by R'lyeh Imaging (CC By 2.0)

    • August 24, 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
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    Join celebrated watercolorist Christopher Leeper for this online demonstration of  landscape painting.

    landscape watercolor of a tree-lined stream

    Glimmer of Hope by Christopher Leeper

    Topics for this demo include: Technique fundamentals (Things I wish I knew 30 years ago); The first half-hour of a painting (Make it or break it); Values (Why value is more important than color in your painting); Color mixing (Since this is a summer subject, we will spend time discussing the mixing of green by identifying color temperature, intensity, and value. Spend more time painting and less time mixing); and Composition (If it feels right, it probably is right).

    About Christopher Leeper

    Christopher Leeper is a full-time artist from Canfield, OH. He is the author of Realism in Water Media and has illustrated four children’s books for the Smithsonian and the African Wildlife Foundation. His work has been featured in several books and publications, including The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Plein Air Magazine and Ohio Magazine. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University and is a former president of the Ohio Watercolor Society.

    • October 15, 2024
    • October 16, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Penn State Great Valley, Conference Ctr Bldg 205, 30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19355
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    Join Tim Saternow for this two-day workshop on creating strong watercolor paintings using bold value arrangements, powerful lights and darks, correct linear perspective, and attention to effective compositions in urban landscape paintings.

    BAR, Baxter Street, NYC by Tim Saternow

    This workshop will concentrate on the process of developing a watercolor painting beginning with small value sketches in pencil, the use of ‘grisaille’ (monochromatic under-painting) to build value contrast, layering of local color, and ‘deconstructing’ a painting with the use of thrown water, splatters, runs and blooms. My technique will have you turn around your ideas of approaching a painting. We will look at ‘light shapes’ and ‘shadow shapes’ and not simply objects. You will start with the darkest darks (while saving the white paper), and then begin to build a painting by observing the power of light and shadow – it’s all about value patterns.

    With demonstrations, close individual instruction, and encouraging critiques, Splash Dynamic will give students the skills to successfully turn a research photo into an exciting painting (not just a duplication of the photo) that becomes a very personal vision of the artist.

    Think drama!

    Materials list will be sent to registrants


    • October 15: 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM, with a 30 to 60 minute on-site lunch break
    • October 16: 9:30AM until 4:00 PM, with a 30 to 60 minute on-site lunch break.

    Payment Policy:

    • Payment has to be completed to guarantee a seat in the workshop.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Students are responsible for the full tuition amount after 60 days prior to the workshop. If there is a person on the waitlist, or if the committed artist can find a replacement after 60 days prior to the workshop, the original artist will receive a refund.

    About Tim Saternow

    Tim Saternow is an American landscape painter, Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Water Color Society, and the National Watercolor Society. He has exhibited widely in New York City, across the U.S., and in China and Italy. An Emmy nominated TV designer, his paintings are published in numerous books and magazines.

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