Visitors learn art tips and techniques at the Yosemite Art Center with experienced teachers

Yosemite Art Center

Artists capture the beauty of Yosemite through various media. If you’ve always wanted to paint Half Dome, capture wildflowers on paper, or learn a new, artistic way of looking at the wonders around you, Yosemite’s art workshops are waiting for you. Artists of all levels discover and develop their skills, as they create permanent mementos of fun-filled days in the park.

With the Yosemite Valley as your inspiration, you can nurture the artist within you — with a little help from acclaimed artists and artisans — in Yosemite Conservancy art workshops.

Planning ahead? See our 2015 Arts Schedule. Or view our 2016 Arts Schedule

Interested in volunteering as an artist teacher next year? Please view our Volunteer Guest Artist Job Description and Volunteer Guest Artist Application forms (both PDF). Or contact us at artcenter@yosemiteconservancy.org.

Painter Bill Bartelt teaches students to depict Yosemite with a limited palette to achieve a sepia effect in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
July 27, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Capture scenes of Yosemite using a limited palette to achieve a “sepia” effect
Artist Linda Mitchell shares her love for watercolor and Yosemite in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 3, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Find your artistic voice, and create a watercolor memory of your time in Yosemite
Artist David Peterson teaches students to paint fast and loose with watercolor in plein air in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 10, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Immerse yourself in a fun, imaginative, family-friendly day painting with watercolor
Artists Anne Thiermann and Erika Perloff teach students to use pastels to capture Yosemite landscapes in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 17, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Paint what you love most about Yosemite in beautiful pastels
Denis Newberry teaches students how to make and use a linoleum block print in this fun-filled Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
August 24, 2015 to August 29, 2015
Learn about the fun world of printmaking in this hands-on workshop.
Artist Osamu Saito shares techniques to create unique watercolor landscapes in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 31, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Express your imagination through color and brush stroke, capturing early autumn in Yosemite
Watercolor artist Nancy Caldwell shares her love of art in this playful plein air Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 7, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Coax colors from nature in this playful plein air workshop
Students create their own silk squares using Japanese dyeing techniques with artist Glennis Dolce in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 14, 2015 to September 19, 2015
Create your own silk square using silk dyeing techniques in this innovative Yosemite workshop
Artist Janet Takahashi helps students develop their watercolor and calligraphy skills to translate Yosemite into personal artwork in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 21, 2015 to September 26, 2015
Create a beautiful watercolor journal of your experience in Yosemite and beyond
Artist Laura Morales teaches mosaic technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 28, 2015 to October 3, 2015
Explore the potential of this fun craft in Yosemite’s first mosaic workshop
Karen Bieber teaches watercolor technique to capture autumn colors in this outdoor Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
October 5, 2015 to October 10, 2015
Capture early autumn in Yosemite with color and brush stroke in this rewarding outdoor workshop
Artist Sparkle Taylor teaches students to capture the magic of Yosemite in autumn with acrylic paint in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
October 12, 2015 to October 17, 2015
Capture Yosemite’s magical colors and light with acrylic paint in this plein air workshop
Painter John Hewitt teaches students how to use color to reflect autumn in Yosemite in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
October 19, 2015 to October 24, 2015
Infuse a painting with color depicting the moods of Yosemite Valley in autumn
Artist Pam Pederson teaches students how to create artwork or illustrate a journal using pen and ink with watercolor in this autumn Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
October 26, 2015 to October 31, 2015
Create artwork or illustrate a journal inspired by autumn in this relaxed art workshop

Ongoing Programs at the Yosemite Art Center

Enjoy Beginner Art Workshops at Yosemite Art Center
Beginner Art Workshops

Have you always wanted to capture Yosemite’s wonders with a paintbrush but don’t know where to start? Expert artists introduce the basics you need to begin your own artistic journey.

Family Crafts in Yosemite offer fun for all
Family Crafts Program

Feeling inspired by the beauty of Yosemite? Bring the whole family to create one-of-a-kind crafts during drop-in art sessions.

Youth in Yosemite Art Center Workshop
Children's Art Programs

Looking for something to do with the kids in Yosemite? Join age-appropriate classes for children and teens and take home a tangible memory of your unforgettable trip to Yosemite.