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.

Currently in the series

 

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.


Next in the series

 

Gem Carving

Date: Sundays and Thursdays,
beginning May 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

What's the difference between an intaglio and a cameo? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient gem carvers. Discover how gemstones were shaped, polished, and carved with images to serve as personal seals, amulets, and ornaments. This is a free, drop-in program.



Gem carving and video footage courtesy of Chavdar Chushev.
Produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum © 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust.


Recently in the series

 

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.


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.