A participant practices Renaissance painting techniques at a past studio course
Enjoy instruction in a variety of media related to the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Designed for adults of all levels of expertise (unless otherwise specified), studio courses and culinary workshops are taught by artists, educators, and related professionals. Registration is required for all courses.

Studio Courses
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Hands-on studio activities guided by practicing artists focus on contemporary and historic materials and techniques related to art on view at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Programs range from introductory to master classes offered in both single and multisession format.

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Drinking in the Past: Medieval Microbrews
Friday, August 4, 2017
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Course fee $65
(includes appetizers and parking)



All year round, from sunrise to sunset, families in medieval Europe made and drank fermented beverages for health, pleasure, and profit. Join curator Bryan C. Keene and certified beer expert Mark Mark Keene in savoring the history of beer, ale, and mead in this tasting program that pairs art with medieval and (tastier) modern brews. Beer tasting enjoyed on the outdoor terrace following the talk. Complements the exhibition Illuminating Women in the Medieval World.

 
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Sculpting in Relief
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125
(includes materials, lunch, and parking)

Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a hands-on exploration of relief sculpture, the art of creating an illusion of depth in a shallow space. In ancient Greece and Rome, low and high relief enlivened surfaces of quotidian and sacred objects, from coins to sarcophagi to soldiers' armor. Antefixes (carved and painted tiles) were a popular form of architectural decoration. Following a focused gallery tour, return to the studio to practice contemporary applications of relief sculpture inspired by floral and mythological motifs. Each participant completes painted relief tiles with air-drying clay and acrylic paint.

 
Graphite and Clay: Drawing and Sculpting the Figure
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $135
(includes materials, lunch, parking, and live model)

Discover the relationship between drawing and sculpting the figure in this daylong studio workshop with artist Peter Zokosky. Participants explore the dynamics of gesture and the vitality of the human figure through a series of sketches while producing a 16-inch sculpture in oil-based clay. Complements the exhibitions Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment and The Sculptural Line.


 
Painted Portraits
Sunday, March 5, 2017
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125
(includes materials, lunch, and parking)

Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a workshop exploring the art of the painted portrait. Learn about the mummy portraits of Greco-Roman Egypt's Fayum region, where painters achieved realism in their depictions of women, men, and children. Studio exercises include study of the anatomy of the human face, mixing tempera paint from raw pigment, and painting on wood panels.


 
From Intimate to Grand: The Art of Edme Bouchardon
Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Boardroom
Course fee $35
(includes parking)

Join art historian and museum educator Lilit Sadoyan in a gallery course exploring both sculpture and drawings in the major international loan exhibition, Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Age of Enlightenment. Considered "the greatest sculptor and the best draftsman of his century," Edme Bouchardon produced work that ranged in subject and style. From personal drawings to monumental sculptures, Bouchardon's oeuvre includes studies of the antique to commissions from Louis XV.

 
Aphrodisiacs: Aroma of Desire
Saturday, February 11; repeats
Saturday, February 18, 2017
12:30–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and galleries
Course fee $65
(includes materials and parking)
Open to 24 participants.

Fragrances and perfumes have been known to awaken desires since antiquity. Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to the art of perfumery. Explore the natural materials used to create fragrance waters and perfume oils in ancient Greece and Rome, then create your own aphrodisiac fragrance in this hands-on workshop.

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Culinary Workshops
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Chefs, educators, and wine experts lead classes and hands-on cooking workshops providing a unique entree to the Museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions. All experience levels welcome.

 
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A Taste of Etruria, Greece, and Rome
Thursday, June 22; repeats
Friday, June 23, 2017
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms
Course fee $95, parking complimentary

Discover the culture and cuisine of three ancient civilizations in this culinary workshop led by museum educator and chef Nancy DeLucia Real. Participants tour the Getty Villa galleries and grounds, and then prepare a period meal highlighting the innovations and influences shared among Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans.


 
Power and Pageantry: The Cuisine and Culture of Eighteenth-Century Venice
Thursday, May 18; repeats
Friday, May 19, 2017
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $95, parking complimentary

One of the great cities of eighteenth-century Europe, Venice was a site of power and pageantry, hosting royal entourages, diplomats, and ambassadors from around the world. Join chef and educator Robin Trento in this culinary workshop and explore the exhibition Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe, recreate period recipes from notable Venetian banquets, and enjoy a meal fit for a doge or dignitary.

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Drawing From the Masters
The Getty Center


Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. Guest artists provide general guidance. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. Sign-up begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk. This is a free program.

 
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Getty Central Garden: Plein Air Drawing
Explore the art of drawing landscape views while working in the Getty Center's Central Garden with artists Kaitlynn Redell and Deborah Shaw. Complements the exhibition The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views from the Getty Museum Collection.

Sunday, July 2 and July 16, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Central Garden, Getty Center

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Landscape Views
Explore how to create atmospheric depth in landscape drawings using light and shadow with artist Kaitlynn Redell. Complements the exhibition The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views from the Getty Museum Collection.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Focus on Fashion
Learn to draw fabrics and textures while exploring 18th-century fashion with artist Marissa Mercado. Complements the exhibition Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th-Century Britain.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Drawing Hands
Explore the art of drawing hands while working from sculptures in the Getty collection with artist Kaitlynn Redell. Complements The Sculptural Line and Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment exhibitions.

Sunday, March 5 and 19, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Drawing on the Edge
Discover how contour drawing can be used to investigate the form, shape, and movement of the human figure with artist Marissa Magdelena. Complements The Sculptural Line and Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment exhibitions.

Sunday, February 5 and 19, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Perceiving Value
Explore value and light logic to create dynamic compositions with the illusion of form, depth and space with artist Diana Bonilla.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

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Drawing from Antiquity
The Getty Villa


Artists have long looked to classical antiquity for inspiration. Drawing from ancient works of art and architecture was a regular part of studio practice since the 15th century. Sketchbooks in hand, some artists even traveled to Italy and Greece to explore the surviving monuments of classical culture in situ.

Discover this historical tradition at the Getty Villa in this free, 1.5 hour program. Artist and educator Elmira Adamian guides an informal lesson as you sketch from works of art, architecture, and the gardens of the Villa. Experiment with various historical drawing materials in the gallery and studio.

Supplies are provided and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. Open to 25 participants.

Drawing in the Outer Peristyle garden
 
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Medusa
The Gorgon head of Medusa was used in the ancient world as a protective apotropaic symbol. Among the Ancient Greeks and Romans, it was the most widely used symbol to avert evil. In this Drawing from Antiquity session, learn about Medusa, find objects with her image, and create a drawing from imagination or based on existing work on view at the Getty Villa.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Inner Peristyle

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Drawing Peplophoroi
Sited along the pool in the Villa's Inner Peristyle Courtyard are sculptures of young women dressed in peplos, an outer garment worn in ancient Greece. For this reason, the figures are called peplophoroi or peplos wearers. Explore the art of drawing drapery while working from life-size statues of ancient Greek maidens.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Inner Peristyle

Drawing Herbs
An ancient Roman villa garden would have been a place of enjoyment and relaxation as well as food production. Fresh herbs and fruit were grown in these beautiful settings, which would have also contained masterful works of art. Statuary and beautifully decorated fountains were set out along a garden's walkways or terraces and positioned inside garden pavilions. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Villa's Gardens while drawing surrounding fountains, statuary or plants with watercolor pencils.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Herb Garden

Drawing Fountains
Take part in the centuries-old tradition of sketching from ancient works by drawing from the collection and sights at the Getty Villa. Enjoy the serenity of the East Garden while drawing surrounding fountains and flora with watercolor pencils.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
East Porch Garden

Ancient Gods and Goddesses
Depicting deities in art was one of the most popular practices in antiquity. Learn about and draw from many examples of art depicting ancient gods and goddesses.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Love and Beauty
Celebrate a day of love and beauty by learning the ancient tales of the goddess of love. Then draw objects depicting the deity known to the Greeks as Aphrodite and the Romans as Venus.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

The Shape of a Vase
Greek vases were produced in broad range of shapes and sizes, for its particular function and use. Learn about and draw from a variety shape of vases in the museum's galleries. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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