Watercolor Weekend: Plein-Air Painting in Yosemite Valley

Watercolor Weekend: Plein-Air Painting in Yosemite Valley

March 28, 2019 to March 31, 2019

This program is now closed.

Yosemite has inspired generations of artists, from early painters to modern-day iPad illustrators. During this three-day watercolor workshop, you’ll get to tap into the long tradition of creating art in — and inspired by — the park.

Join painter John Hewitt to spend a long weekend learning and painting with fellow artists. Each day, you’ll build and hone plein air techniques, as you capture the colors, light, forms and feelings of spring in Yosemite Valley. Throughout the workshop, you’ll benefit from conversations and check-ins with your instructor and peers, while developing pieces that reflect your personal Yosemite experience and perspective.

Included with your registration:

  • Three day immersive art workshop (Friday, March 29, morning, through Sunday, March 31, around 3 pm) with an optional introductory evening meeting on Thursday, March 28, at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center in Yosemite Valley at 5:30 pm.
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation arrives Thursday, March 28, and departs Monday, Monday, April 1) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. We cannot adjust these dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the start of the program.

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Experience Level: Intermediate (at least 20 hours of instructed watercolor classes). Not suitable for beginners.
Hiking: Easy. Minimal walking.
Elevation: 4,000 feet.
Registration Price: $329
John Hewitt, Yosemite Conservancy artist instructor

John Hewitt

John Hewitt was born into a 100-year family tradition of artists and has studied with master watercolorists. He is an instructor at the Albion Summer School of Art through Pacific Union College. John has exhibited in more than 100 juried national shows with more than 30 awards. He is a signature member in Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and others. He holds workshops in Italy, Greece, Scotland and the United States.