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)

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!

Planning a visit in 2019? Preview the 2019 Art Class Schedule

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.
John Hewitt, Yosemite Art instructor, leads participants on a skill building journey painting watercolor plein air around the park.
March 28, 2019 to March 31, 2019
Join artist and instructor John Hewitt to build on your plein air techniques in this beautiful springtime location.
Enjoy the joys and challenges of plein air oil painting as you capture the dramatic spring light of Yosemite
April 24, 2019 to April 28, 2019
Enjoy the joys and challenges of plein air oil painting as you capture the dramatic spring light of Yosemite
Janet Takahashi leads artists with experience on a multi-day watercolor journaling adventure through Yosemite Valley.
May 15, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Experience joyful watercolor journaling in a peaceful setting over multiple days with esteemed artist Janet Takahashi.
Sonja Hamilton, Yosemite Art instructor, leads participants on a skill building journey painting watercolor plein air around the park.
May 30, 2019 to June 2, 2019
Join artist and instructor Sonja Hamilton as you develop your plein air watercolor techniques in this beautiful springtime location.

Contact Us

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center is open from April through October. 2019 art workshops start April 1.

 

Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, shuttle stop #16. Park at Half Dome 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 (May through September)

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

 

Questions? Email artcenter@yosemiteconservancy.org or call 209-372-0631.