Create with us

Our art team is here to help guests of all ages and experience levels slow down and connect with nature in a new way. We welcome all Yosemite visitors to turn their unique observations into works of art.

  • Art Classes: Join one of our guest instructors — all professional artists — for a hands-on, four-hour outdoor art workshop in Yosemite Valley. Browse all 2024 daily art classes on the event calendar at the bottom of this page.
  • Art Retreats: These overnight workshops, formerly called art adventures, give you the chance to spend several days immersed in Yosemite’s natural beauty as you explore a specific art medium and learn from an expert. Browse all 2024 art retreats on the event calendar at the bottom of this page.
  • Custom Art Classes: Design a personalized guided art experience for your family or small group.
  • Kids’ Art Classes: Join us at Happy Isles for drop-in, nature-themed kids’ art classes from Monday through Thursday in June – August 2024!
  • Paint and Sip: Join us in person at the Yosemite Valley Lodge for our popular wine and paint class, every Friday from May-September 2024!
  • Gift Certificates: Want to share the Yosemite love? Our Art Gift Cards make great presents for park fans.
  • Yosemite-inspired art at home: Our latest artistic resources offer inspiration, tools and techniques for recording nature’s beauty, capturing your outdoor experiences and relieving stress — wherever you are. Check out our Park Art, From Anywhere blog post for watercolor painting tutorials, kid-friendly crafts, and Yosemite-themed coloring pages.

As with all Conservancy programs, your participation in an art class helps support important work in Yosemite. You can view, filter, and book 2024 programs by scrolling through our event calendar below. You can also view our full 2024 Art PDF schedule.

Browse Art Programs

 

Check out our art programs to find an activity that intrigues your creative side.
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Paint and Sip

Yosemite Valley
In this paint and sip class, you will learn the basics of watercolor and employ them to create an iconic
05/31/2024 - 09/27/2024
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Forest Art Walk

Yosemite Valley
In this creative 1.5-hour outing, you’ll use watercolor and ink to meditate on your surroundings, while connecting with the magical
06/25/2024 - 08/20/2024
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Art Class: Acrylic Painting with Jeff Hemming

Yosemite Valley
In this acrylic painting class with artist Jeff Hemming, students will study different features of the Yosemite landscape, consider colors
07/08/2024 - 07/19/2024
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Backpack & Paint with Rachel Fisher

May Lake
On this three-day, two-night backpacking trip, you will learn to bring your art into the wilderness and paint on location,
07/11/2024 - 07/14/2024
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Art Class: Travel Journaling with Kelvin Nguyen

Yosemite Valley
Demystify drawing in this travel journaling class with artist Kelvin Nguyen. Using simple supplies, pen and marker, students will learn
07/22/2024 - 07/26/2024
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Art Retreat: Watercolor Sketchbooks with Lora Spielman

Yosemite Valley
Slow down and observe the small, beautiful details in the world around you. In this creative three-day art retreat, you’ll
07/25/2024 - 07/28/2024
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Art Instructors

Meet the skilled painters, writers and artisans who can help you craft a permanent memento of your Yosemite trip.

Capture Yosemite's spectacular scenery during an outdoor painting workshop. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Aline Allen.
Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, in eastern Yosemite Valley, hosts art classes, drop-in art activities, interactive educational exhibits, and more. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Cassie May.
Young artists get creative at Happy Isles during drop-in studio sessions and classes for kids. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Josh Helling.
Paintings by volunteer art instructor Steve Curl displayed at Happy Isles. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Kristin Anderson.