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.

Geri Medway teaches students to paint with watercolor in a Yosemite Conservancy plein air workshop at Yosemite Art Center
May 2, 2016 to May 7, 2016
Paint your own creative Yosemite masterpiece in watercolor in this inspiring workshop
Artist and naturalist Floy Zittin leads an art workshop on techniques to capture Yosemite’s birds and plants
May 9, 2016 to May 14, 2016
Learn about birds and plants while creating a painting that expresses your very own Yosemite.
Sonja Hamilton teaches watercolor technique in a Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
May 16, 2016 to May 21, 2016
Celebrate the beauty of spring in Yosemite with an award-winning watercolor artist
Artist Paula Sugarman teaches expressionist watercolor technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
May 23, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Use expressive brush, knife and drip work to capture Yosemite’s landscape through color, shape and texture.
Artist Roger Folk teaches the art of watercolor to capture Yosemite Falls and other icons in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
May 30, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Realize your artistic potential painting Yosemite’s springtime in watercolor
Artist Robert Dvorak will teach you watercolor techniques in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
June 6, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Explore Yosemite through art in this imaginative watercolor-painting workshop
Artist JoAnn Formia imparts her love of art and Yosemite in a Yosemite Conservancy watercolor painting workshop.
June 13, 2016 to June 18, 2016
Uncover the artist within, as you paint Yosemite during this plein air watercolor workshop
Artist Byron Spicer teaches a playful painting style in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
June 20, 2016 to June 25, 2016
Discover your creative spirit in this acrylic workshop
Artist Catherine Tirr teaches playful watercolor technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
June 27, 2016 to July 2, 2016
Paint your very own interpretation of Yosemite’s landscape and discover a new creative path.
Artist George Dorado Blanco teaches acrylic plein air technique in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
July 4, 2016 to July 9, 2016
Sketch and paint en plein air to capture the changing beauty of Yosemite with acrylics.
Artist David Deyell shows students how to create colorful paintings of Yosemite in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
July 11, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Play with paint in this fun-filled, family-friendly Yosemite watercolor workshop
Artist Linda Mitchell shares her love for watercolor and Yosemite in this Yosemite Conservancy art workshop.
July 18, 2016 to July 23, 2016
Find your artistic voice, and create a watercolor memory of your time in Yosemite
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.

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.