*PLEASE NOTE: Yosemite Conservancy is not currently offering in-person art programs due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), effective through June 30, 2020. For more information about our response to COVID-19, please click here.*

Slow down, observe Yosemite’s natural wonders and connect with the park in a new way. From April through October, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center in eastern Yosemite Valley offers classes and activities to help you capture and preserve your fond memories of the park through art. Whether you’re a total novice or an experienced artist looking to refine your skills, Yosemite’s grandeur might just inspire your best work.

Join one of our guest instructors — all professional artists — for a hands-on four-hour art workshop, or stop by our daily Open Studio to create art on your own time (11 am–3 pm, April–October).

We also offer seasonal children’s art classes for Yosemite’s youngest visitors, as well as guided art adventures that give you the chance to spend several days immersed in Yosemite’s natural beauty as you learn from an expert and hone your skills. Heading to the park with a group? Our private art programs are perfect for school field trips, corporate outings, family vacations and more.

Click here to view the full schedule of 2020 art programs, and check the calendar below to learn more about each individual offering.

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Check out our art classes and drop-in programs to find an activity that intrigues your creative side.
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Outdoor Oil Painting with Faith Rumm

Yosemite Valley
*Yosemite Conservancy has made the difficult decision to cancel this outdoor adventure due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more
04/09/2020 - 04/12/2020
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Spring Watercolor

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
*Yosemite Conservancy has made the difficult decision to cancel this art program due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more
04/13/2020 - 04/17/2020
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Paint Yosemite With Watercolors

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
*Yosemite Conservancy has made the difficult decision to cancel this art program due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more
04/20/2020 - 04/24/2020
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Watercolor Basics

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
*Yosemite Conservancy has made the difficult decision to cancel this art program due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more
04/27/2020 - 05/01/2020
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Yosemite Nature Journaling: Creativity, Curiosity and Reflection

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
*Yosemite Conservancy has made the difficult decision to cancel this outdoor adventure due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more
05/02/2020 - 05/03/2020
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Nature Journaling With Watercolor

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
*Yosemite Conservancy has made the difficult decision to cancel this art program due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more
05/04/2020 - 05/08/2020
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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.