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.

Planning a late spring or summer trip? When Yosemite’s 2022 peak hours reservation system is in effect (May 20-September 30), your Conservancy program registration (for an Outdoor Adventure, Custom Adventure or art program) includes park entry for the duration of your program — no separate peak hours reservation required! If you plan to visit the park on days other than when your Conservancy program is scheduled, you’ll need to book a separate peak hours or overnight reservation (while the system is in place).

  • Daily 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 2022 daily art classes on the event calendar at the bottom of this page. Please register online by 4 pm Pacific the day before your daily art 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. Browse all 2022 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 and July 2022!
  • Nature Journaling Workshops: Explore the intersection of art and science in our weekly outdoor nature journaling walks, which will take place at 11 am every Thursday from June-August 2022.
  • 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 2022 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

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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Paint and Sip

Yosemite Valley
In this wine and paint class, you will learn the basics of watercolor and employ them to create an iconic
05/27/2022 - 09/30/2022
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Watercolor with Jennifer Bentson

Yosemite Valley
Looking to learn watercolor basics? Curious about how to capture the curves and playful light of flowing water, or how
10/03/2022 - 10/07/2022
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Art Retreat: Drawing & Watercolor Journaling

Yosemite Valley
Capture your impressions of Yosemite in your field journal. We will further enrich your sketchbook as you record your observations
10/05/2022 - 10/08/2022
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Watercolor with Zach Polic

Yosemite Valley
During autumn in Yosemite, the leaves of the oak, maple, and aspen begin to change into the fall colors that
10/10/2022 - 10/14/2022
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Art Retreat: Historic Architecture of Yosemite

Yosemite Valley
Immersed in the inspiring landscape of Yosemite Valley, you will spend three days sketching and exploring the rich history of
10/11/2022 - 10/14/2022
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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.