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Watercolor Art Classes With The Yosemite Conservancy

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Date(s) - 09/12/2022 - 09/30/2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


This watercolor class will strike an ideal balance, offering a mix of structured learning and the freedom to create something uniquely yours. You will learn a few basic watercolor skills to help you get started, but you’ll also be encouraged to explore and express your own perspective. Instructor John Gates will demonstrate and guide students step by step in capturing landscapes and local flora and fauna with watercolor. Whatever aspects of Yosemite most interest you, he will help you meet your artistic goals, develop your style, and leave with artwork that makes you smile. In this encouraging, fun, and relaxed class, you will discover the artist within you, even if you haven’t met them yet!Image of a water color painting of the mist trail in Yosemite. Shows a couple of people walking the steps next to the misty waterfalls

This is the perfect class for those looking to connect to Yosemite through thoughtful observation and contemplation. You’ll leave with a piece of art that you’re proud of and that holds precious memories of time spent soaking up Yosemite’s iconic sights and sounds.

Watercolor Painting Class 1 with John Gates:  September 12 – September 16

Watercolor Painting Class 2 with John Gates:  September 19 – September 23

Watercolor Painting with Faith Rumm:  September 26 – September 30

  • Beginner level:  Little to no experience required, ages 12+. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied  by a parent or guardian.
  • Registration:  $20 per day per visitor. Advanced registration is encouraged. Walk-up registration available as space allows.
  • Location:  Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (shuttle stops #5 and #9). All workshops will be held outside, weather permitting.
  • Materials:  Supplies for this class are not included in the registration fee. You will have the option to rent a watercolor kit for $15, purchase or bring your own art supplies. All rentals and purchases benefit the park! These essentials are available free of charge: stool, hardboard, water cup and paper towels.
  • Lodging:  Arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

Experience:  Easy                Hiking:  1 to 3 miles            Elevation:  4,000 feet

Supplies List:  Click here

COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep art class participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.

Location: Yosemite Valley Visitor Center
9035 Village Drive, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389

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