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1-3 miles


4,000 feet

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Whether you’re brand new to painting or an experienced artist, you’ll enjoy this fun, welcoming watercolor workshop in Yosemite Valley. Beginning students will learn simple watercolor techniques; more advanced artists will focus on honing their craft and developing skills to take their paintings to a new level.

Throughout the workshop, your instructor will offer tips, demonstrations and personal guidance to help you interpret your surroundings and apply new skills to bring a scene to life on paper. After a day of outdoor painting, you’ll have a fresh perspective on Yosemite’s autumn beauty — and on the wonder of working with watercolor.

  • 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).
  • 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 $15, purchase supplies upon arrival, 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.