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!

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.
Acclaimed educator and “Artist of the Oaks” Jennifer Bentson teaches drawing and painting basics in this class for beginners.
August 6, 2018 to August 11, 2018
Develop your own artistic style while drawing and painting in Yosemite.
August 13, 2018 to August 18, 2018
Learn to organize and arrnage a watercolor painting that demands attention in this plein air class with John Hewitt.
John Hewitt teaches plein air watercolor.
August 20, 2018 to August 25, 2018
Learn to organize and arrange a watercolor painting that demands attention in this plein air class with John Hewitt.
Learn ink drawing techniques to create a one-of-a-kind sketch in Yosemite.
August 27, 2018 to September 1, 2018
Use black ink and splashes of color to capture Yosemite’s beautiful lines and hues.
Discover the fun of creating art in the park during a beginner watercolor class.
September 3, 2018 to September 8, 2018
Discover the fun of creating art in the park during a beginner watercolor class.
Students will learn to capture the light while painting en plein air.
September 10, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Capture spring light, shadows and colors in this acrylic painting class in Yosemite.

Contact Us

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.