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, July and August 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.
  • Crafting Classes: This new program is designed to be quick and affordable. 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 all materials are included. Workshop activities are as follows:

Monday — Printmaking
Tuesday — Embroidery
Wednesday — Ornament-making

  • 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

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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Virtual Watercolor Workshop

Virtual
Some elements of a landscape that seem basic and essential — like trees, water and rocks — are notoriously difficult
05/05/2022 - 09/01/2022
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Watercolor with Bridgette Meinhold

Yosemite Valley
Observe and appreciate the natural world through art in this watercolor class. Bridgette Meinhold will teach you simple skills that
05/23/2022 - 05/27/2022
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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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Painting and Printmaking with Sue Fierston: Class 1

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
In this hands-on art class, you’ll combine two fun artistic techniques to celebrate late-spring scenery in Yosemite Valley. Artist Sue
05/30/2022 - 06/03/2022
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Kids’ Art Classes

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
These first-come, first-served classes will be offered Monday through Thursday in June, July and August 2022 for kids ages 4-11.
06/01/2022 - 08/31/2022
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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.