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Experience Level

Easy

Hiking

1-3 miles

Elevation

4,000 ft.

Registration Fee

$20

Like the great naturalist John Muir, who documented not only the flora and fauna of his beloved Yosemite, but also the scents and sounds of forest walks and mountain storms, participants in this nature journaling workshop will use all their senses to sketch and paint what they see, hear, smell and touch, adding any thoughts, observations, prose or poetry that come up during their outdoor meditations.

With guidance from artist Sylvia Eneriz, you’ll closely observe whatever sparks your curiosity on the trail, learn quick watercolor and sketching techniques, and experiment with different compositions to capture the feeling or essence of a subject, place or experience. You might draw and scientifically label different birds or plants you encounter, create a simple painting of a sparkling stream and record your thoughts about its babbling sound, or dip your toes in the water and jot down a poem about the feeling of cool stones beneath your feet. However you choose to explore and capture your surroundings, your instructor will create a fun, memorable experience, and she’ll teach you basic nature journaling skills you can take on any outdoor wander.

  • Experience level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Registration fee: $20 per day per visitor. Advanced registration encouraged. Walk-up registration available as space allows.
  • Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center (Shuttle Stop 16). All workshops will be held outside, weather permitting.
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Please arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am. Please build in extra time if taking the shuttle or walking from the parking lot.
  • Materials: Supplies for this class are not included in the registration fee. You will have the option to rent a watercolor kit for $20, or purchase or bring your own art supplies. All rentals and purchases benefit the park! These essentials are available free of charge: stool, hardboard, water cup and paper towels.
  • Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of participants.

View the supplies list.

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.