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 programs are taught by artists, educators, and related professionals. Registration is required for all courses.

Culinary Programs
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Chefs, food historians, wine connoisseurs and other experts provide a unique entrée to the Museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions through an exciting array of culinary themed talks and tastings.

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Drinking in the Past: Rediscovering and Recreating Ancient Egyptian Brews Talk and Tasting
Friday, August 3 and
Saturday, August 4, 2018
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Garden Terrace
Tickets $65 (includes appetizers, ages 21 and over)
Complimentary parking

Join Patrick McGovern, the "Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages," as he decodes long-forgotten drink recipes of ancient Egypt. Taking his clues from archaeology, texts, tomb art, ethnography, and chemical analysis of residues inside pottery jars, McGovern unravels what ancient Egyptians were imbibing. Beyond their mind-altering effects, these beverages were to become the medicines, religious symbols, and social lubricants of ancient Egyptian culture for thousands of years. His talk, paired with a special beer tasting, complements the exhibition Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World.

 
About Patrick McGovern
Patrick E. McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, where he is also an adjunct professor of anthropology. Over the past two decades, he has pioneered the exciting interdisciplinary field of biomolecular archaeology, which is yielding whole new chapters concerning our human ancestry, medical practice, and ancient cuisines and beverages. He is the author of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (Princeton University Press, 2003), Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (Berkeley: University of California, 2009) and Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created (New York: W. W. Norton Company, Inc., 2017), and he appeared regularly on the Discovery Channel's Brew Masters program.

 
Cacao: The Story of Chocolate
Talk & Tasting

Sunday, January 14, 2018
4:30–7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Getty Restaurant
Tickets $45 or $65 with wine/champagne/port pairing (Ages 21 and over for pairing option)
Complimentary parking

Discover the rich history of cacao from its origins as a frothy, bitter beverage prized by ancient Mesoamerican societies, through its introduction into the 16th century courts of Europe, and to the bean-to-bar craft traditions practiced in Los Angeles today. A panel of experts explores the global journey of cacao as well as the traditional practices and more modern inventions that inform the art of chocolate making. After the talk, indulge in the ancient flavors of cacao beverages, sample flights of artisanal chocolates and enjoy chocolate-inspired desserts. Complements the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas.

Maite Gomez-Rejón is the founder of ArtBites, art and culinary history combined with hands-on cooking instruction, which she teaches at museums across the country. Maite has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine, and interviewed on KCRW's Good Food and NPR's Splendid Table. She is also a contributor to Life & Thyme, the Huffington Post, and other publications. http://artbites.net

Sarah Portnoy received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and teaches about Latino food and food justice in the Departments of Spanish and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She has published a number of food-related articles and essays as well as her recent book, Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles. http://sarahjportnoy.com

Patricia Tsai is the owner of the bean-to-bar chocolate company ChocoVivo where she handcrafts small batches of dark chocolate using traditional Mayan methods dating back over 2,000 years. Tsai works with growers to select specially fermented beans for a unique flavor, and uses whole cacao nibs and whole spices as Mother Nature intended. http://chocovivo.com

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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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Gathers and Folds
Discover the art of drawing dynamic drapery and learn techniques for creating volume, texture and movement with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

Sunday, August 5 and 19, 2018
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Foreshortening
Explore the dynamics and simple mechanics of foreshortening to create life-like drawings with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, September 2 and 16, 2018
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Focus on Fashion
Discover how to draw dynamic drapery, rich fabrics and convincing textures while exploring 18th-century fashion with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, October 7 and 21, 2018
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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Plein Air Sketching
Explore the art of landscape drawing while working in the Getty Center's Central Garden with artists Deborah Shaw and Kaitlynn Redell.

Sunday, July 1 and 15, 2018
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Central Garden

Drawn to Flowers
Discover the art of drawing flowers with botanical artist Deborah Shaw and learn about basic flower structure, gesture and shading.

Sunday, June 3 and 17, 2018
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Central Garden

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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 multi-session format.

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Aromas of the Ancient World
Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:30–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and galleries
Course fee $65
(includes materials and parking)

Perfume is an ancient art form going back 4,000 years. Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to the art of perfumery. Discover the history of perfume making, explore the materials used by ancient Greek and Romans, and create a custom fragrance in this hands-on workshop.

 
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.

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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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Vase Stories
Greek vases tell stories from myth, daily life, and even ancient theater. Learn about the fascinating stories on several vases in the Villa and imagine a story you might tell. Then draw your own composition on vase-shaped paper.

Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Expression
Using theater masks and other objects in the Villa collection, practice drawing techniques to make your work striking and dynamic. Learn how to use line drawing to make facial features look expressive.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

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Faces from the Past
Get to know ancient people through their portraits. Whether imagine, idealized, or realistic, we can learn a lot about Greek and Roman culture from how people were depicted. Study various faces in the Villa's galleries and gardens and draw the life-like people rendered in marble, fresco, and bronze.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Greek and Roman Fashion
Peplos, Togas and Tunics. Learn about ancient garments and draw from sculptures dressed in ancient attire.

Saturday, July 14, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Ancient Superheroes
Who were the Superheroes of ancient Greece and Rome? In Greek Mythology they were men or women of special strength, courage, or ability who were often of divine ancestry and noted for their courageous acts. At the Getty Villa you will find them on vases, mosaics, and sculptures. Discover the myths that made these heroes famous and create a drawing of your favorite ancient hero.

Saturday, June 16, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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