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Yosemite Conservancy is celebrating 40 years of Yosemite art programs! The celebrations commence with the reopening of Happy Isles Art and Nature Center and our daily art classes on April 4, and will continue throughout the 2022 season with our most packed schedule of classes to date!  

Join the 40th anniversary of Yosemite art programs
with a Conservancy art program this summer!

Art has always been integral to the Yosemite experience, and this year’s offerings provide opportunities for artists of all ages and ability levels to try something new. For those looking for a deeper dive, Art Retreats provide opportunities to study with professional artists on multi-day workshops in Yosemite National Park –– and your campsite is included with an option to upgrade to lodging! What better setting to inspire your next masterpiece?  

An outdoor watercolor class in Yosemite Valley with instructor Steve Curl in April 2021. Participants sketched and painted subjects and scenes at several locations in Yosemite Valley.

The listing below provides a brief taste of what the workshops will encompass with links to each retreat’s registration page which provides a complete overview and artist bio! Which retreat is a perfect fit for you? 

Visit our Art Classes homepage for a full list of upcoming programs.

two smiling artist look at an easel with artwork next to the river

Faith Rumm teaches oil painting on the shores of the Merced River.

Top photo by Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walket. Other photos by Yosemite Conservancy/Lora Spielman.