The Getty Villa
Educator Sabina Miller facilitates a handling session.

Ever wonder what it would be like to take a museum object out of its case for a closer look? Try the next best thing! Join an educator on select days at the Getty Villa and handle replica objects along with the materials and tools that ancient artists used to create the works of art on display in the galleries.

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Mummy Portraits

Date: Sundays and Thursdays,
September through October 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were mummy portraits painted in Roman Egypt? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Explore tools and materials used by ancient artists, ranging from pigments to beeswax, and discover the tempera and encaustic painting techniques used to create these unique portraits. This is a free, drop-in program.


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Greek Vases

Date: Sundays and Thursdays,
November 2014 through May 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.–noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were Greek vases made? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials used by ancient potters and painters, ranging from riverbed clays to mouse-whisker brushes. Discover the hidden techniques used to shape and decorate these ancient painted vessels. This is a free, drop-in program.

VIDEO: Watch how clay is prepared, thrown, formed, and decorated in the tradition of an Athenian pottery workshop.


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Mosaics

Date: Sundays and Thursdays,
April through August 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.–noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were mosaics created from tiny pieces of stone and glass? Learn how these intricate architectural decorations were made in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials used by ancient mosaicists, including tesserae, slaked lime, marble dust, and nippers. Complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This is a free, drop-in program.

VIDEO: Learn about the Getty Conservation Institute's conservation of mosaics in Roman North Africa.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.