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 multi-session format.

Recently in the series

 
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.

 
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)
Ages 21 and over

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.

 
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.

Back to Top

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.

 
Recently in the series

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.

Back to Top

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.

 
Next in the series

The Art of Darkness
Discover the expressive power of light and shadow to create dramatic and evocative drawings with artist Kaitlynn Redell. Complements the exhibition, Caravaggio: Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese.

Sunday, December 3 and 17, 2017
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Recently in the series

Drawing Landscapes
Explore techniques for composing pictorial elements, dividing space and suggesting depth to create dynamic landscape drawings with artist Peter Zokosky. Complements the exhibition, Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice.

Sunday, November 5 and 19, 2017
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Shifting Perspectives
Experiment using multiple perspectives and composites to create unique drawing compositions with artist Marissa Magdelena. Complements the exhibition, Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney.

Sunday, October 1 and 15, 2017
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Self-Portrait Drawing
Discover the art of self-portraits while exploring how to draw facial features and capture a personal likeness with artist Peter Zokosky. Complements the exhibition, Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney.

Sunday, September 3 and 17, 2017
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Back to Top

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
 
Next in the series

Animals
Animals have inspired artists throughout the course of history. In ancient Rome, lions and horses were symbols of courage, power, and wealth. Learn about the significance of these animals, and use contour drawing to study the anatomical structure of animals from objects in the museum's collection.

Saturday, December 16, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Recently in the series

Portraiture
In ancient Roman Art, portraits were used for propaganda purposes, and often included ideological messages. Discover the meaning of facial features and expressions by looking closely and practicing line and tonal drawing.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Inner Peristyle

Drawing and Planning for Mosaics
Using the exhibition Roman Mosaics Across the Empire as inspiration, discover the process of mosaic making in antiquity by studying the layers of stratigraphy from foundation to tesserae. Create a plan for a mosaic by drawing preliminary sketches, just like an ancient artist would.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Inner Peristyle

Drawing Trees
Gardens with fruit and decorative trees were an imperative part of the ancient Roman villa. Trees provided shade, were grown for food, and complimented the esthetic design of the garden. Explore the Getty Villa through its trees and learn more about their connection to antiquity. Experiment with various techniques, including "cloud" sketching and "marking" while drawing from many varieties of fruit and decorative trees.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Inner Peristyle

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

Back to Top