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!


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 prepared art kits ($10-$15), rent one of our plein air watercolor kits, or purchase art supplies from our art supply store. 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 Saturday through Tuesday (April 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, April 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. 


Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, shuttle stop #16. Park at Curry 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: Available daily, 11am–3pm (April through October)


Questions? Email or call 209-372-0631.