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.

  • Daily Art Classes: Join one of our guest instructors — all professional artists — for a hands-on four-hour outdoor art workshop in Yosemite Valley. Please register online by 4 pm Pacific the day before your class.
  • 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.
  • 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 June-August 2022!
  • Nature Journaling Workshops: Explore the intersection of art and science in our weekly outdoor nature journaling walks.
  • Crafting Classes: In this new program, we’ll explore embroidery, ornament-making and printmaking. Join us at Happy Isles Art & Nature Center in Yosemite Valley from 11 am – 1 pm, Monday through Wednesday, June-August 2022. Crafting workshops are $25 per person, ages 12+. No pre-registration is required and materials are included.
  • Paint and Sip: Join us in person at the Yosemite Valley Lodge for our popular wine and paint class, every Friday from May-September 2022!

Click below to view the full lineup of 2022 art offerings, including instructors and pricing. As with all Conservancy programs, your participation in an art class helps support important work in Yosemite.

2022 Art Schedule

 

COVID-19 safety procedures

As always, we’re committed to ensuring the health and safety of our art class participants and instructors. For all art programs, we’re implementing strict safety measures that align with the latest federal, state and local guidelines. At this time, we anticipate that these policies and procedures will remain in place through the 2021 season. If you’re considering joining one of our art programs, please read the following information carefully:

COVID-19 Procedures

 

Yosemite-inspired art at home

If you’re still staying safe 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. See below for ways to make creativity part of your every day.

Browse Art Programs

 

Check out our art programs to find an activity that intrigues your creative side.
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Custom Art Classes

Virtual
Heading to Yosemite with a group? Enhance your time in the park with a custom art experience. We’ll work with
03/01/2022 - 10/31/2022
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Watercolor with Casey Cheuvront

Yosemite Valley
In our fast-paced lives, we often forget to stop and really look at the beauty that surrounds us. Take some
04/04/2022 - 04/08/2022
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Watercolor with Steve Curl

Yosemite Valley
This fun class for beginning and continuing students offers participants a chance to see Yosemite through an artist’s eyes. You’ll
04/11/2022 - 04/15/2022
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Watercolor with Jo-Neal Graves

Yosemite Valley
During this fun outdoor painting class in Yosemite Valley, instructor Jo-Neal Graves will introduce you to the fundamentals of watercolor,
04/18/2022 - 04/22/2022
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Watercolor with Rachel Fisher

Yosemite Valley
Slow down and observe the small, beautiful details in the world around you. In this creative workshop, you’ll gain the
04/25/2022 - 04/29/2022
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Mosaics in Yosemite: Class 1

Yosemite Valley
No art experience? No problem! This mosaic class is ideal for beginners. Over the course of four hours, artist Denise
05/02/2022 - 05/06/2022
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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.