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

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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.
Enjoy creative expression while learning the basics of watercolor painting, and take home a moment in Yosemite.
July 15, 2019 to July 20, 2019
Explore watercolor and creative expression while painting Yosemite landscapes.
Interact with nature’s beauty, as you learn graphite drawing techniques in this outdoor art class.
July 22, 2019 to July 27, 2019
Interact with nature’s beauty, as you learn charcoal drawing techniques in this outdoor art class.
Learn ink drawing techniques to create a one-of-a-kind sketch in Yosemite.
July 29, 2019 to August 3, 2019
Put down your smartphone, and create a more personal Yosemite snapshot using pencil, ink and watercolor.
Get to know Yosemite better while drawing and painting Yosemite vistas or small specimens, such as plants, bark and insects.
August 5, 2019 to August 17, 2019
Use basic watercolor and drawing techniques to express the beauty of Yosemite Valley.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon painting outside in Yosemite Valley! Spend the day enjoying the outdoors, learning how to observe nature like an artist and painting the landscape in watercolor.
August 19, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Enjoy a day of observing and painting summer scenes in Yosemite Valley.
Use pastels to capture the beauty of Yosemite’s summer landscape
September 2, 2019 to September 7, 2019
Use soft chalk pastels to capture the beauty of Yosemite’s late-summer landscape.

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 or call 209-372-0631.