Artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of gilding at a past artist-at-work demonstration
Learn about historic and contemporary materials and techniques from practicing artists in these free drop-in programs.

Artist at Work
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Enjoy presentations of historical art-making techniques related to the Museum's collection and exhibitions. Meet artists, ask questions, and get close to the action. This is a free, drop-in program.

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Rembrandt's Drawing Materials and Techniques
Sundays, September 2 & 16, 2018
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Rembrandt, one of the most skilled and prolific draftsmen of the Dutch Golden Age, created drawings of impressive economy, spontaneity and nuanced expression. Discover the drawing materials and techniques favored by Rembrandt including black and red chalks, ink with quill and reed pens, and various brushes and washes in this interactive demonstration led by artist Peter Zokosky. Complements the exhibition Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age.

Ancient Accessories
Saturdays, September 8 & 22, 2018
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Courtyard

Portraits from ancient Palmyra show people accessorizing with beautiful and ornate jewelry. Elaborate bracelets, earrings, and headpieces paired with intricately patterned clothing tell us that these ancient people had serious style. Explore the exhibition with your family, and make your own unique piece of jewelry to take home.

French Fashion
Saturday, September 29,
Sunday, October 13, 2018
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Dressing a live model, costume historian Maxwell Barr demonstrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity involved in creating the daily wardrobe required by fashion icon Marie-Antoinette and other elite households of the 18th-century in this free, drop-in program. Complements the installation and exhibitions: A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer, All That Glitters and 18th-Century Pastel Portraits.

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Making Scents of the Ancient World: Perfume Workshop
Tuesdays & Sundays, July 10–31, 2018
11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Outdoor Classroom

Perfume was everywhere in the ancient world, from scented oils and lotions used to perfume the body (both living and dead) to incense burned in homes and temples. The earliest documentation of perfume use and production is over 4,000 years old. Egyptians created alluring scents out of natural materials (flowers, herbs, resins, and animal products) to enhance their world and connect to worlds beyond. Build your own perfume using ancient ingredients in this free, drop-in workshop and bring the past home with you. Complements the exhibition Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World.

Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 2018
10:30–11:30 a.m.
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Outdoor Plaza

Drop by as Robert J. Lang, one of the world's foremost origami artists/theorists and former NASA laser physicist, creates a large-scale origami work starting with a six-foot square sheet of paper. By exploring the intersection of origami, mathematics and science, Lang produces seemingly impossible and eye-catching origami designs noted for their detail and realism. Compliments the Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography exhibition.

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Artist Projects
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

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taisha paggett & Yann Novak: Mountain, Fire, Holding Still.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Los Angeles-based dance artist taisha paggett and sound artist Yann Novak consider blackness in antiquity as it relates to the body through an immersive and durational performance. This is a free, day-long program. Advanced ticket to the Getty Villa required.

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Point of View: Artist Talks
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Point of View: Artist Talks feature Los Angeles-based artists and related specialists in an informal and intimate gallery-talk program, offering a unique perspective on the Getty collection and temporary exhibitions. Free; offered on selected Thursday or Saturday afternoons.

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Point of View Tour: Chris Killip
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Center for Photographs

Join photographer Chris Killip, whose work is featured in the exhibition Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante, as he discusses the creation of his groundbreaking photobook In Flagrante (1988) and the decision to republish it decades later. Sign up begins at noon at the Information Desk.

Point of View Tour: Donald Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Center for Photographs

Join artist Donald Blumberg, whose work is featured in the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, and curator Arpad Kovacs as they discuss photographs the artist made in the late 1960s that respond to the media's coverage of the Vietnam War and the domestic political climate of the period. Sign up begins at noon at the Information Desk.


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