Special Event


Art Workshops | Obata Art Weekend

Yosemite National Park



Dates & Times


Saturday, August 26, 2023


10:00 AM, 1:30 PM


2 hours

Type of Event



All workshops are offered during two time slots on Saturday, August 26: 10 am–12 pm & 1:30 pm–3:30 pm. Sign up in advance. All workshops meet at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Materials are provided. Workshops are open to adults and kids 12 & up. Workshops are limited to 20 participants each.

Watercolor Journaling with Aline Allen
Join me for a creative moment in Yosemite Valley as we explore the beauty of this place through watercolor journaling. This class will be using watercolor to express some unique and awe-inspiring moments we experience in nature.

Landscape Watercolors with Mariko Lofink
Longtime Yosemite artist Mariko leads a watercolor class at a spectacular Yosemite vista. Mariko's teaching style will connect you with the inner artist that lives inside everyone.

Printmaking Demonstration with Daniel Villa
Join a California-based printmaker in an interactive Q&A as he creates a new Yosemite-inspired print, handcrafted using Mokuhanga techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and assist with the printing process, delve into the intricacies of woodcut, and explore the diverse aspects of hand printmaking.

Watercolor with Sarah Sugarman
Spend the afternoon at a beautiful Yosemite Valley vista exploring landscapes. We will focus on learning and practicing watercolor techniques that honor Obata's artistic style while also connecting with our own inner artist to create something new.

Nature Sketching
Practice the art of observation, note-taking, and sketching in this nature journaling workshop! Learn to observe Yosemite's specimens and landscapes through the lens of an artist.

We are excited to offer the Obata Art Weekend for a second year. The event will be held August 25 through 27 to celebrate Chiura Obata's art, impact, and connection to Yosemite. In line with Obata’s philosophy, this event strives to highlight how both art and nature can help sustain us physically and emotionally and grow in understanding and appreciation for ourselves, our neighbors, and natural spaces. The event includes guest speakers, such as Kimi Hill (Family Historian of Obata’s family), artist workshops, demos and other programs. Thanks to Yosemite Conservancy donors for their generous support of this event.

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Space is limited; all participants must register in advance for art workshops.
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