Open Studio & Kids Classes

Open Studio & Kids Classes

Drop by the Art Center for Yosemite-themed crafts and activities. Great for kids, teens and families!


Art Table Activities, 11 am–3 pm (April through October)

Connect to nature through the arts as part of your park experience through Yosemite-themed table art at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. Come collaborate with other artists to create Yosemite-themed table art. A nature-themed prompt is provided daily to inspire original drawing and writing.

Please note: Art Table sessions are not facilitated by Art Center staff. Parent and/or guardian supervision is required for participants under age 18.


Open Studio (April through October)

Head to the Happy Isles art studio to create Yosemite-inspired art on your own time! The studio  is open daily, April through October, and we invite you to stop by any time between 11am and 3pm. Bring your own art materials, purchase supplies at the studio, or rent one of our plein air watercolor kits. Work indoors at the studio, or ask our staff for tips on the best outdoor locations to draw and paint Yosemite’s most famous views.


Kids Classes (ages 4-12): Drop-in available Monday through Thursday (May through September only)

Our Happy Isles studio is the perfect place for young visitors to explore connections between art and nature. Yosemite Conservancy staff facilitates drop-in children's art classes throughout the day during late spring and summer. Our 2019 season of Kids Classes will start in May and run through September. Most activities will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Cost is $10 per participant, $30 per family. No advanced registration needed. 

Parent and/or guardian supervision is required for participants under age 18.

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 (May through September)

Open Studio or Daily Art Table: Available daily, 11am–3pm (April through October)


Questions? Email or call 209-372-0631.