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1-3 miles


4,000 feet

Registration Fee


This workshop will provide participants with a step-by-step working method to tackle the challenges of outdoor landscape oil painting. Students will interpret a particular scene and make thoughtful and informed decisions on color, composition, values and edges. This workshop will enhance the skills of the experienced artist and give confidence to the new plein air artist.

All levels of experience are welcome. Instruction includes demonstrations, individual instruction, critiques and class discussion. This class will focus on oil painting approaches but students are welcome to work in acrylic.

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: June 23 through June 26.
  • Where: Yosemite Valley.
  • Registration includes: Three days of progressive learning and painting en plein air with artist Jeff Hemming, park entry (as needed), and four nights of tent camping June 23 through June 27 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.
    • Please note: Camping is for retreat participants only. We are unable to accommodate friends and family of participants; lodging arrangements for friends and family are the responsibility of participants.

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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.