Art & Photography

Royal Arches, a watercolor painting by Chris Jorgensen.
"Royal Arches" watercolor painting by Chris Jorgensen.

Yosemite's epic scenery freely lends itself to the artist's eye like only a few places can. For many, Yosemite is a natural source of never-ending inspiration. The bouncing of light, graceful effervescence of water, and stoic mountain lines have provoked artists of all backgrounds and mediums to create works of art. Not surprisingly, many artists have played a role- directly or indirectly- in the promotion and protection of Yosemite National Park. Recognizing this meaningful influence in Yosemite's history, various opportunities to explore art in its many forms are available to visitors.

Daily art classes ($20–$30 per person) are offered spring through fall in Yosemite Valley for ages 12 and up. These art classes are led by volunteer art instructors who are experts in their medium. Kids' art classes are also offered during the week spring through fall ($10 per child or $30 per family). All workshops meet at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, located near shuttle stop 16. Supplies can also be purchased there.

The Yosemite Museum Gallery displays exhibits of Yosemite art during spring and summer.

The Ansel Adams Gallery offers work of Ansel Adams, contemporary photographers, and other fine artists. In addition, a wide selection of handcrafts, books, gifts, and photography supplies is available. The gallery also offers a range of photography walks, classes, and workshops throughout the year (check Yosemite Guide for listings).

Yosemite Conservancy's Outdoor Adventures program offers art and photography seminars throughout the park.

Yosemite Renaissance offers an artist-in-residence program.

Last updated: October 30, 2020

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