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.
Join Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite Hospitality for a fun afternoon with painting, wine and cheese!
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Oct 25 2019.
June 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019
June 28, 2019 to November 1, 2019
July 5, 2019 to November 8, 2019
July 12, 2019 to November 15, 2019
July 19, 2019 to November 22, 2019
July 26, 2019 to November 29, 2019
August 2, 2019 to December 6, 2019
August 9, 2019 to December 13, 2019
August 16, 2019 to December 20, 2019
August 23, 2019 to December 27, 2019
August 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020
September 6, 2019 to January 10, 2020
September 13, 2019 to January 17, 2020
September 20, 2019 to January 24, 2020
September 27, 2019 to January 31, 2020
October 4, 2019 to February 7, 2020
October 11, 2019 to February 14, 2020
October 18, 2019 to February 21, 2020
October 25, 2019 to February 28, 2020
Weekly on Fridays, through October 25, 2019
Join Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite Hospitality for a fun afternoon with painting, wine and cheese!
Learn to shape a visual story through words and watercolor in this painting and poetry workshop.
June 24, 2019 to June 29, 2019
Learn to shape a visual story through words and watercolor in this painting and poetry workshop.
Join Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite Hospitality for a fun afternoon with painting, wine and cheese!
June 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019
June 28, 2019 to November 1, 2019
July 5, 2019 to November 8, 2019
July 12, 2019 to November 15, 2019
July 19, 2019 to November 22, 2019
July 26, 2019 to November 29, 2019
August 2, 2019 to December 6, 2019
August 9, 2019 to December 13, 2019
August 16, 2019 to December 20, 2019
August 23, 2019 to December 27, 2019
August 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020
September 6, 2019 to January 10, 2020
September 13, 2019 to January 17, 2020
September 20, 2019 to January 24, 2020
September 27, 2019 to January 31, 2020
October 4, 2019 to February 7, 2020
October 11, 2019 to February 14, 2020
October 18, 2019 to February 21, 2020
October 25, 2019 to February 28, 2020
Weekly on Fridays, through October 25, 2019
Join Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite Hospitality for a fun afternoon with painting, wine and cheese!
Capture an iconic Yosemite scene by weaving different colors of fiber on a loom. A unique way to create art, this is a hands-on creative experience.
July 1, 2019 to July 6, 2019
Use colorful yarn to weave a special piece celebrating your Yosemite experience.
Artist, biologist and illustrator Sean Edgerton leads students on a journey to learn how to draw, sketch and paint in a landscape of dramatic peaks and glacially carved domes.
July 4, 2019 to July 8, 2019
Observe the natural world as you draw and sketch your surroundings in Tuolumne Meadows.
Join Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite Hospitality for a fun afternoon with painting, wine and cheese!
June 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019
June 28, 2019 to November 1, 2019
July 5, 2019 to November 8, 2019
July 12, 2019 to November 15, 2019
July 19, 2019 to November 22, 2019
July 26, 2019 to November 29, 2019
August 2, 2019 to December 6, 2019
August 9, 2019 to December 13, 2019
August 16, 2019 to December 20, 2019
August 23, 2019 to December 27, 2019
August 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020
September 6, 2019 to January 10, 2020
September 13, 2019 to January 17, 2020
September 20, 2019 to January 24, 2020
September 27, 2019 to January 31, 2020
October 4, 2019 to February 7, 2020
October 11, 2019 to February 14, 2020
October 18, 2019 to February 21, 2020
October 25, 2019 to February 28, 2020
Weekly on Fridays, through October 25, 2019
Join Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite Hospitality for a fun afternoon with painting, wine and cheese!

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 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: Available daily, 11am–3pm (April through October)

 

Questions? Email artcenter@yosemiteconservancy.org or call 209-372-0631.