Upcoming Events

Our 2018 Activities Calendar is full of exciting events!
Click here for the full list!

Please Note: Reservations for events are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to another participant.

Meanwhile, please be sure to visit our Exhibits page for information about any exhibits we have coming up. And be sure to check out the Other Events page for exhibitions and other activities in which our members participate. And don’t forget to watch for Calls for Entries deadlines!

DATE CHANGE: Bonsai Drawing with Lee McCaffree – May 12

ADDED NEW ACTIVITY: Beyond Color Mixing with Susan Fisher – May 20, see description below

DATE CHANGE: Oak Ranch Conifer Garden Tour and Sketch Day – October 27

Ruth Bancroft Garden Tour – Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, CA

Limited to 12
$10 Admission, $8 Seniors (65+), Free to RBG Members
Free to Reciprocal Admissions Program members

Come join us for a docent led tour of The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek. This 2.5 acre public dry garden contains more than 2,000 cactus, succulents, trees, and shrubs native to California. Bring a bag lunch if you’d like to stay and sketch for the afternoon after the guided tour. This is not an instructor led event, but rather an opportunity to draw or paint and enjoy each other’s company.

Please RSVP Walter Denn.

For more information and directions click here!


“Watercolor on Paper” taught by Catherine Watters



This is a one –of –a –kind opportunity to indulge yourself while dedicating quality time to your art and passion. The charm of the American River Inn surrounded by its lovely Victorian garden is a unique setting for a memorable painting experience. End of April is usually the perfect time to appreciate the delicateness of fruit tree blossoms and the beauty of Spring flowers.

Catherine will guide us in choosing, composing and drawing a subject to capture its best features. Focusing on light, shadow and texture she will share and demonstrate color mixing and painting techniques to bring your flower to life. Open to all levels, other media are welcome. Offer is limited to 15 students.

Click here for all the details and registration form

Rose Delight at the Russian Rive Rose Company: A Sketching Day

2018Russian River Rose tour
1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, CA
Saturday, May 5, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In May the roses at the beautiful Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg will be at peak bloom. On Saturday, May 5th, a group of us will gather at this nursery to learn about roses and to sketch and paint them. The nursery has over 650 varieties of roses: ancient and recent introductions, climbers and miniatures, species and ‘found’ roses.

We will plan to meet there at 11 am. People should bring sketching and painting materials, a small folding chair, attire for a sunny day, and a fine lunch. Carpooling is important because of limited parking at this busy time.

Please contact Bernard Halliwell to reserve space for this special event. More details about the nursery can be found at Russian River Rose Company.

For more information click here!


Sketching Bonsai in Pen and Ink Workshop
with Lee McCaffree has been rescheduled to

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Gordon Dregg’s Garden
196 Encinal Avenue, Menlo Park

Cost is $30, $40 non-member, includes a donation to NCalSBA and Bonsai Garden.

There are still a few seats available so sign up now.

Make check payable to NCalSBA: Mail to D. Hunter, 152 James Ave, Atherton, CA 94027

Email: D Hunter, 650-323-8580 or cell 650-867-7377

For more information click here!

Beyond Color Mixing with Susan Fisher – May 20, 2018, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Location: Los Gatos Hills Town Hall
26379 Fremont Road, Los Gatos Hills, CA

Optimize your ability to make good color choices. Learn to recognize the various qualities of watercolor pigments and see which aspects can derail final results. You understand how to mix colors, now it’s time to study the lesser-known aspects of pigments in order to manage the colors you have to achieve the results you want.

It is requested that attending artists have attended Susan Fisher’s Color Mixing Class sometime in the past as this is a more advanced class.

For more information click here!

2018 Board Meetings

All members are invited to attend our board meetings.
Contact the president (president@ncalsba.org) for details of location.

In the Works

As always, if there is something you’d be interested in that we haven’t considered, please let us know!. And be sure to check back often for updates!