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Charcoal Drawing (Class 2) with Jeff Hemming and the Yosemite Conservancy

Interact with nature’s beauty as you learn charcoal drawing techniques in this outdoor art class.

For years, artists have used paint brushes and cameras to capture Yosemite’s remarkable landscape, but those aren’t the only tools suited for celebrating Sierra scenery. In this class, you’ll get to interact with the park’s natural beauty using a less common, but perfectly apt, medium: charcoal. With help from instructor Jeff Hemming, learn to use charcoal on paper to sketch and blend your impressions of Yosemite Valley’s striking granite walls and waterfalls, adding shape, texture and depth to help your drawing leap from the page. At the end of this outdoor class, you’ll be well-acquainted with charcoal techniques and ready to get creative wherever you take your sketch pad next.

Your Artist:  Jeff Hemming

Beginner level:  Little to no experience required, ages 12+.

  • Registration:  $20 per day per visitor. Advanced registration is required at least 12 hours in advance; no drop-ins due to Covid-19. 
  • Location:  Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (shuttle stops #5 and #9). All workshops will be held outside, weather permitting.
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday. Please arrive at 9:45 am to purchase supplies, and plan for extra time when taking the shuttles.
  • Materials: Supplies for this class are not included in the registration fee. When you register, let us know whether you would like to rent a watercolor kit for $20, purchase supplies upon arrival, or bring your own art supplies. All rentals and purchases benefit the park! These essentials are available free of charge: easel, stool, hardboard, water cup and paper towels.
  • Lodging:  Arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

Experience:  Beginner

Hiking:  1 to 3 miles

Elevation:  4,000 feet

Registration Fee:  $20

Register:  Click here

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.

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Starts: July 19, 2021

Occurs: Every day until July 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Advanced Reservations Required

Admission: $20 per day

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

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Phone: (209) 379-2317

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