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.

Check the calendar below to learn more about our art programs and see the schedule of upcoming activities.

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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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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
04/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
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Private 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
04/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
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Nature Drawing with Watercolor

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
Join artist and educator Sean Edgerton for a fun, adventurous class focused on the basic elements of drawing and painting
04/06/2020 - 04/10/2020
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Outdoor Oil Painting with Faith Rumm

Yosemite Valley
During this comprehensive workshop with a professional artist, you’ll learn how to employ intense observation and creative engagement to make
04/09/2020 - 04/12/2020
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Spring Watercolor

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
This fun class for beginning and continuing students offers participants a chance to see Yosemite through an artist’s eyes. You’ll
04/13/2020 - 04/17/2020
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Paint Yosemite With Watercolors

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
Looking to learn watercolor basics? Curious about how to capture the curves and playful light of flowing water, or how
04/20/2020 - 04/24/2020
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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.