Art Classes

Art Classes

urture the artist within you — with a little help from acclaimed artists and artisans — in Yosemite Conservancy art classes.

Monday–Saturday, 10 am–2 pm (April through October)

2019 Daily Art Class Schedule

Nurture the artist within you — with a little help from acclaimed artists and artisans — in Yosemite Conservancy art classes.

  • Art classes are offered Monday–Saturday, 10 am–2 pm. Perfect for those looking to explore the park’s natural beauty through painting, drawing and more.
  • Open to all experience levels. Suggested age: 12+ (adult supervision required for participants under age 18).
  • Online registration is highly encouraged; capacity is 15 people per class.
  • Develop a final piece during a four-hour class, using new techniques and guidance from your Artist-in-Residence, Volunteer Art Instructor. End the class by celebrating your art in an informal, optional show-and-tell.
  • Registration is $20 per person, per class. Some classes have an additional materials fee.
  • Supplies are not included in the registration fee, but are available for purchase at the Art Center. All proceeds benefit the park!

Art classes are typically held outside (en plein air), weather and media permitting. Follow these tips for a perfect plein-air art experience:

  • Please arrive by 9:30 am to purchase supplies.
  • Drop-in and day-of registration is only available as space allows.
  • Bring your lunch, as well as any of your own art materials and equipment that you’d like to use (such as an easel or other hard surface). You can also purchase art supplies, borrow and/or rent equipment, including stools and easels, at the Art Center.
  • The Artist in Residence, Volunteer Art Instructors chooses the class location based on preference, medium, technique, season, accessibility and proximity to the Yosemite Valley free shuttle stops. Please consider that bathrooms are located throughout the park, but not necessarily near the class location.
  • Don’t forget to check the weather! During inclement weather, classes are held inside at the Art & Nature Center.
Use pastels to capture the beauty of Yosemite’s summer landscape
September 2, 2019 to September 7, 2019
Use soft chalk pastels to capture the beauty of Yosemite’s late-summer landscape.
Use watercolor and permanent pens to create a beautiful Yosemite-themed piece of art.
September 9, 2019 to September 21, 2019
Create a Yosemite-inspired painting using pens and watercolor.
Let Yosemite’s awe-inspiring flora and fauna fuel your creativity as you discover a new appreciation for nature
September 23, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Use watercolor paints to get to know Yosemite’s plant life.
Learn the basics, or learn new techniques in this watercolor workshop in Yosemite Valley
September 30, 2019 to October 5, 2019
Explore Yosemite through watercolor painting in a joyful plein air workshop.
Join experienced artist Karen Bieber to learn a simple approach to watercolor that is appropriate for painters of all levels.
October 7, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Learn and hone watercolor techniques while enjoying an autumn day in Yosemite.
Find out how fun creating art can be in an outdoor watercolor workshop.
October 14, 2019 to October 26, 2019
Find out how fun creating art can be in an outdoor watercolor workshop.

Contact Us

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center is open from April through October. 


Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, shuttle stop #16. Park at Curry Village and take the shuttle. Limited accessibility parking available at Happy Isles with valid placard.

Business Hours:  Open daily, 9am–4pm (April through October)

Art Classes (ages 12+): Monday–Saturday, 10am–2pm (starting April 1, 2019)

Kids Classes (ages 4–12): Drop-in available (April through September)

Open Studio: Available daily, 11am–3pm (April through October)


Questions? Email or call 209-372-0631.