Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit www.nps.gov/yose and www.doi.gov/shutdown.

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

Click here for more information on the availability of Yosemite Conservancy programs and services during the shutdown.

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.
A great class for the beginner artist interested in the fundamentals of watercolor.
April 29, 2019 to May 4, 2019
Capture spring scenery during a watercolor workshop in Yosemite Valley.
Returning artist and instructor Jo-Neal Graves leads students on a beginner-level introduction to watercolor in Yosemite.
May 6, 2019 to May 11, 2019
Enjoy Yosemite’s changing seasons, as you capture landscapes in watercolor.
Create a personal nature journal using sketches and watercolor.
May 13, 2019 to May 18, 2019
Create a personal nature journal using sketches and watercolor.
Janet Takahashi leads artists with experience on a multi-day watercolor journaling adventure through Yosemite Valley.
May 15, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Four-Day Immersive Workshop: Experience joyful watercolor journaling in a peaceful setting over multiple days with esteemed artist Janet Takahashi.
Experience the majesty and wonder of Yosemite Valley through watercolor.
May 20, 2019 to May 25, 2019
Experience the majesty and wonder of Yosemite Valley through watercolor.
Learn watercolor techniques from a veteran painter while drawing inspiration from spring scenery in Yosemite Valley.
May 27, 2019 to June 1, 2019
Learn how to use watercolor and paint from your heart.

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 (April 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.