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1-3 miles/day


4,000 feet

Registration Fee


During this comprehensive workshop with a professional artist, you’ll learn how to employ intense observation and creative engagement to make plein air painting a deeply rewarding experience. As you study late summer light on dramatic walls of Yosemite Valley, you’ll use color and brushwork to respond quickly and decisively to dynamic conditions. The three-day workshop offers progressive, personalized instruction, plenty of practice time, and the unique opportunity to immerse in one of the world’s most remarkable landscapes. End the trip with a deeper appreciation for the natural world, a supercharged sense of creativity and new artwork for your portfolio.

Know Before You Go:

  • Experience level: Intermediate to advanced. This workshop is for oil painters with previous experience. This workshop is not suitable for beginner artists.
  • When: September 8 (evening) through September 11
  • Where: Yosemite Valley
  • Registration includes: Three days of progressive learning and painting en plein air with artist Faith Rumm, park entry (as needed), and four nights of tent camping September 8 through September 12 in Yosemite Valley, or upgrade to a hotel room at Yosemite Valley Lodge 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 Yosemite Valley Lodge 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.