The National Watercolor Society is one of the oldest non-profit artist-led societies in the United States.  Our mission - encouraging innovation in watermedia through education, outreach, and exhibitions - promote the advancement of watermedia and inspire the next generation of watermedia artists.  Be sure to check out the EXHIBITIONS and VIDEO Tabs.

NWS 100th International Open Exhibition

Virtual Opening Celebration

NWS invites you to the next ZOOM meeting with fellow NWS artists on

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th at 11:00am PDT

(please check your time zone)


Matthew Bird

Kathleen Mooney

Randy Hall

Stephanie Goldman

Ken Goldman


Join this Zoom Meeting @

(Please turn off your camera and mic after you log into the session...thank you)

NWS: The First 100 Years Exhibition


EXHIBITION DATES: Nov 14, 2020-Feb 20, 2021

NWS: The First 100 years at the Hilbert Museum of California Art, will now be an

Online Exhibition only.  Details about the Virtual Celebration will be emailed to

members and posted here on the NWS website. 


Watch the videos below through Teachable

Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

CLICK HERE  for this 45 minute FREE talk.


Click here for Geoff McCormack - NWS Gallery Walk (Free)

Click here for a 2 for 1 Creative Bundle

featuring Geoffrey McCormack and Linda A. Doll

Join Us Today

With an exciting vision and a new appreciation for an old art form, the California Water Color Society was founded in 1920. As the country grew, painters found inspiration in the expansive western lands and were, in their way, pioneers of a new spirit.

The name of the society has changed twice since that time: first in 1967, to California National Watercolor Society; then in 1975, when the members voted to become simply the National Watercolor Society.

NWS Members are eligible for member discounts from our Sponsors!  

Don't forget to check the Member Discounts page for new specials!

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Online Donation goal

We welcome your donation in any amount. You may also use this link to donate to our Annual Exhibition Awards Fund.