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!

View the 2018 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.
Nancy Meyer teaches students how to use mosaic to create lasting mementos in a Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
April 2, 2018 to April 7, 2018
Capture the essence of Yosemite Valley and create a timeless and memorable keepsake
Steve Curl returns to teach watercolor basics for beginners en plein air. Learn the basics of watercolor in this enjoyable and easy-to-follow class.
April 9, 2018 to April 14, 2018
Explore spring scenery and watercolor basics in Yosemite Valley.
Students will learn to capture the light while painting en plein air.
April 16, 2018 to April 21, 2018
Capture spring light, shadows and colors in this acrylic painting class in Yosemite.
Frank Eber teaches students how to use watercolor to create atmospheric landscapes in a Yosemite Conservancy art workshop
April 19, 2018 to April 22, 2018
Join expert artist Frank Eber in a multi-day advanced watercolor painting workshop.
Capture spring light, shadows and colors in this watercolor class in Yosemite.
April 23, 2018 to April 28, 2018
Capture spring light, shadows and colors in this watercolor class in Yosemite.
A great class for the beginner artist interested in the fundamentals of watercolor.
April 30, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Create a vibrant painting starting from three basic colors in this introductory watercolor class in Yosemite.

Contact Us

The Happy Isles Art and Nature Center is open from April through October. Art classes start April 2.

 

Location: Happy Isles Art & 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 7 days 9am-4pm

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

Kids Classes (ages 2-12): Drop-In available, 11am – 3pm (June, July & August only)

Open Studio Drop-In Crafts: Available 7 days 11am – 3pm (April, May, September, October only)

 

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