Slow down and connect with nature in a new way. Our art team is here to help artists of all ages and experience levels turn outdoor observations into works of art!

To ensure the safety of our staff, our guest art instructors and park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve canceled most of our in-person art activities for the 2020 season. We’re excited to continue offering custom art classes in the park for families and other small groups, and we are taking precautions and following public health guidance to ensure the safety of participants and instructors. Contact us to plan your class.

While Happy Isles Art and Nature Center is closed for the season, we have lots of ways for you to make art on your own, whether you’re at home or in the park:

  • Purchase art kits from our online store, complete with instructions for making your own watercolor, pen and ink, and pastel pieces. The kits can be shipped to your home, or you can pick them up in the park.
  • Check out the video tutorials and other resources our art team has been creating, including a four-part watercolor series, kid-friendly printmaking and scratch-art projects, and Yosemite-themed coloring pages.
  • Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn from our team and from guest artists.

We’re also offering some multiday art adventures this year. As with all adventure programs, we’re implementing strict safety measures that align with the latest federal, state and local guidelines. Safety procedures include asking participants to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others, wash or sanitize hands frequently, and avoid touching shared surfaces and objects. If you’re considering joining one of our art adventure programs, please review our COVID-19 Outdoor and Custom Adventure procedures.

Planning a trip to the park for next year? We hope you’ll add art to your itinerary! We’re working on our 2021 art program schedule, and we’re looking forward to once again offering our full line-up of workshops with professional artists, Open Studio sessions, children’s classes, and guided art adventures, when it’s safe to do so. We’ll post details about our 2021 programs here as soon as they’re available.

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Check out our art programs to find an activity that intrigues your creative side.
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Open Studio & Kids Classes

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
Create Yosemite-inspired art on your own time at the Happy Isles art studio (April-October). Drop-in classes for kids (4-12) are
07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
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Custom Art Classes

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
Heading to Yosemite with a group? Enhance your time in the park with a custom art experience. We’ll work with
07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
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Drawing & Watercolor Journaling with Janet Takahashi

Yosemite Valley
This workshop is now full. PLEASE NOTE: We hope to offer this program as planned, and we are currently accepting
10/06/2020 - 10/09/2020
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Autumn Light in Yosemite Valley: Photography Workshop

Yosemite Valley
PLEASE NOTE: This program has been canceled due to COVID-19. Photographers of all levels will enjoy this informative and fun
10/15/2020 - 10/18/2020
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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.