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, creative 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. View our 2016 Arts Schedule, and pre-register for classes.

For those of you who are planning ahead for your future Yosemite visit, here is our 2017 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.

Tsungwei Moo (Molly) teaches students to capture the beauty of Yosemite with pastels in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
July 25, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Use pastels to capture the beauty of Yosemite’s summer landscape
Juan Peña teaches the magic of watercolor technique in a Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
August 1, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Experience the magic of Yosemite through watercolor as you create a lasting art memory
Artist David Peterson teaches students to paint fast and loose with watercolor in plein air in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 8, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Immerse yourself in a fun, imaginative, family-friendly day painting with watercolor
Artist Edie Christensen teaches acrylic painting techniques in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 15, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Express your own vision and style in acrylics during this plein air Yosemite art workshop.
Artist Barbara Rosenthal teaches drawing and painting techniques with pen and paint in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 22, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Create a lasting memory in this fun art workshop combining ink and watercolor.
Artist Trowzers Akimbo teaches vibrant acrylic technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
August 29, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Unlock the power of color, as you celebrate summer painting with acrylics in Yosemite.
Artist Osamu Saito shares techniques to create unique watercolor landscapes in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 5, 2016 to September 10, 2016
Express your imagination through color and brush stroke, capturing early autumn in Yosemite
Artist Glennis Dolce teaches Japanese Shibori cloth dying technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 12, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Revel in color and texture, using Japanese techniques to create your Yosemite memories on silk.
Artist Janet Takahashi helps students develop their watercolor and calligraphy skills to translate Yosemite into personal artwork in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 19, 2016 to September 24, 2016
Make a beautiful watercolor journal of your experience in Yosemite and beyond
Artist Carolyn Fitz teaches Japanese Sumi brush and ink technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
September 26, 2016 to October 1, 2016
Express your love of Yosemite using the Japanese tradition of ink painting.
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 3, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Create artwork or illustrate a journal inspired by autumn in this relaxed art workshop
Artist June Rubin teaches collage and layering technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
October 10, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Enrich a perfect autumn day in the park with collage in this Yosemite art workshop.
Painter John Hewitt teaches students how to use color to reflect autumn in Yosemite in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
October 17, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Infuse a painting with color depicting the moods of Yosemite Valley in autumn
Frank Eber teaches students how to use watercolor to create atmospheric landscapes in a Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
October 24, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Paint with watercolor to create a landscape that reflects the nuances of light, time and season

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.