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.
A great class for the beginner artist interested in the fundamentals of watercolor.
May 7, 2018 to May 12, 2018
Create a vibrant painting starting from three basic colors in this introductory watercolor class in Yosemite.
Janet Takahashi leads artists with experience on a multi-day watercolor journaling adventure through Yosemite Valley.
May 10, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Experience joyful watercolor journaling in a peaceful setting over multiple days with esteemed artist Janet Takahashi.
Learn watercolor basics while painting outdoors in Yosemite.
May 14, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Learn watercolor basics while painting outdoors in Yosemite.
Learn watercolor basics while painting outdoors in Yosemite.
May 21, 2018 to May 26, 2018
Learn watercolor basics while painting outdoors in Yosemite.
Interact with nature’s beauty, as you learn graphite drawing techniques in this outdoor art class.
May 28, 2018 to June 2, 2018
Interact with nature’s beauty, as you learn graphite drawing techniques in this outdoor art class.
Sonja Hamilton, veteran Yosemite Art instructor, leads participants on an intermediate skill building journey painting watercolor plein air around the park.
June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Join artist and instructor Sonja Hamilton to build on your watercolor skills and technique in this beautiful location.

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, 1pm and 3pm (June, July & August only)

Open Studio Drop-In Crafts: Available 7 days 11am – 3pm (April through October)

 

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