Conservancy expands art workshops in Yosemite

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comApril 4, 2013 

— The Yosemite National Park Conservancy will be expanding its outdoor art workshops beyond Yosemite Valley.

Visitors will have opportunities to paint amid the ancient Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Thomas Hill Studio in Wawona.

"The idea is to have the artist really chose some outstanding features that they would want to capture," said Jerry Edelbrock, Yosemite Conservancy chief financial officer. "There's a lot of cultural pieces that might be a topic."

The workshops offered include watercolor painting, a "create your own postcard" class and ink drawing. The programs run from June 3 through Aug 31.

The Yosemite Art Center will host kids-only hour-long sessions from June 17 through Aug. 15 in the morning for ages 6 to 10.

Sessions are $10 per person. Participants have to bring their own supplies.

The conservancy's artist-led workshops run Monday through Saturday, April through October in Yosemite Valley and Wawona.

More information can be found at

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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