47° F

Experience Level



1-3 miles/day


4,000 feet

Registration Fee


Explore your creativity and the inspiring beauty of Yosemite Valley through watercolor sketching!

In this multiday workshop, you’ll learn techniques to capture Yosemite’s landmarks with hand-drawn sketches and watercolor paint in a personal sketchbook. You’ll spend each day exploring Yosemite Valley and drawing and painting along the way, producing multiple sketches rather than one large painting. As part of a small group, you’ll get individual attention and learn skills like how to choose colors, simplify a scene, and paint different elements. You’ll return home with a collection of paintings to preserve your memories — and the confidence to sketch your next adventure.

Some drawing and painting experience is helpful for this art retreat, but all levels are welcome. If you’re not sure if this workshop is the right fit for you, get in touch, we’re happy to help!

Know Before You Go:

  • When: Wednesday, May 12 through Saturday, May 15.
  • Where: Yosemite Valley.
  • Registration includes: Three days of progressive learning and painting en plein air with artist Rachel Fisher, park entry (as needed), and three nights of tent camping (May 12, 13, 14) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, or upgrade to a Curry Village tent cabin for an additional fee.
    • Please note: There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Curry Village will be emailed to you after you sign up.

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep art class participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.