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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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

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.

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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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Paper Dimensions
Learn to create the illusion of space through drawing on paper then transform your drawings into a real three-dimensional artworks using simple geometric origami techniques with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, April 15, May 6, and May 20, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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

Plein Air Drawing
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

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Drawing on Edge
Discover how contour drawing can be used to investigate the form, shape, and movement of the human figure with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, March 4 and 18, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Capturing Animals
Explore techniques for drawing animals and learn the basics of animal structure and anatomy with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, February 4 and 18, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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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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Birds in Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Images of birds are found in some of the earliest examples of ancient art in the Getty Villa's collection. Birds were often linked to mythology and acted as symbols in ancient paintings, sculptures, and everyday objects. In this workshop, discover fascinating mythological stories and draw from objects that depict birds from ancient myths.

Saturday, May 19, 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

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The ancient Greek world was alive with supernatural beings, including composite creatures such as centaurs, sirens, satyrs, and more. Find images of monsters and learn the ancient myths associated with them. Draw composite creatures from objects in the galleries.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Drawing Spring Flowers
Villas in ancient Rome were beautiful country estates used by their owners as quiet, rural retreats away from the city noise. As places of relaxation and entertainment, villas included several gardens planted with a range of flowers. Discover and draw from a variety of fresh flowers that were commonly found in ancient Roman gardens.

Saturday, March 31, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Gardens

Venus and Cupid
Known to the Romans as Venus and to the Greeks as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty appeared in fantastic stories told by ancient writers and poets. Venus is also known for her mischievous son Cupid, who shot arrows into the hearts of gods and mortals, causing them to fall helplessly in love. In this workshop, learn about and draw from many objects in the museum's collection depicting gods of Love.

Saturday, February 10, 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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