Drawing and Painting Yosemite’s Trees and Landscapes

Drawing and Painting Yosemite’s Trees and Landscapes

Acclaimed educator and “Artist of the Oaks” Jennifer Bentson teaches drawing and painting basics in this class for beginners.
April 22, 2019 to April 27, 2019

Giant sequoias might be the first trees that come to mind when you think of Yosemite, but the protected landscape also supports pines and firs, cedars, dogwood, manzanita and more. In this four-hour class with artist Jennifer Bentson-Gebel, you’ll turn your attention to some of the park’s most celebrated trees: the black oaks of Yosemite Valley. For generations, these beautiful trees served as a food source for the American Indians who lived in the Valley; today, tribal members still collect acorns from the oaks for traditional uses. As you sketch and paint the trees and scenic surroundings, you’ll learn to capture their beauty, while exploring the natural and cultural history that make the oaks an iconic resource in Yosemite.

Beginner level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+.
Registration: $20 per day per visitor; advance registration recommended; drop-ins welcome as space is available.
Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center; shuttle stop #16; park at Half Dome Village and take the shuttle; workshops are held outside, weather and medium permitting.
Time: 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please arrive at 9:45 am to purchase supplies. Please plan for extra time when taking the shuttles.
Materials: Supplies are not included in the registration fee. Supply lists are sent to registered participants once payment is received. Additional supplies are available for purchase at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. All purchases benefit the park! Materials available for use free of charge: field easel, field stool, hardboard, water containers and paper towels.
Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.
Jennifer Bentson-Globel Artist Instructor Yosemite Conservancy

Jennifer Bentson-Gebel

Jennifer Bentson-Gebel is an “Artist of the Oaks” and is currently the president of San Fernando Valley Art Club. She has created several commissions, and her work is displayed in exhibits and permanent collections in California and beyond. Her current project, “California Oaks as Art,” was recently produced into a short film, and was featured and presented to the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Chevy Chase Garden Club and California Poppy Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2012 Windsor Newton Painting Award.