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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Pen and Ink Wash Workshop
Sunday, January 11, 2015
1–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $45 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 24 participants



Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for a tour and observational drawing exercises in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Return to the studio to continue your drawings with pen and ink wash.


 
Master Class: Gilding for Illuminators
Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, 2015
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum studios
Course fee $235 (includes basic materials, lunch, and parking)
Limited to 12 participants



This two-session intensive workshop on the art of gilding explores recipes and techniques for complex, raised gilding from period treatise and delves into the preparation of historic solutions including gum ammoniac, garlic, glair, parchment and fish glues. Led by Sylvana Barrett, artist and historian of medieval techniques, this workshop is recommended for artists, illuminators, calligraphers and those with previous gilding experience.




 
Aphrodisiacs: Aromas of Desire
Saturday, February 7, 2015
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum 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.


 
Watercolor Workshop
Sunday, March 1, 2015
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)



Join artist Richard Houston in this daylong workshop exploring J. M W. Turner's extraordinary and innovative late watercolors. Working in the studio, participants will experiment with watercolor materials, color mixing, light effects, and creative techniques through a series of discussions, exercises and a tour of the exhibition: J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free.


 
Head Sculpting Workshop
Sunday, March 8, 2015
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 24 participants



Join artist Peter Zokosky for a daylong intensive sculpture workshop on modeling the head from live models. Tour the Villa's galleries to explore Greco-Roman sculpted portraits, then return to the studio for exercises focusing on correct proportion and modeling facial features. Each participant will take home a sculpted head in oil-based clay. Open to 24 participants.



 
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Froth and Folly: Scents for 18th Century French Nobility
Sunday, December 7, 2014
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $65 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 25 participants

Which scents wafted through the air at the Palace of Versailles? Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to perfumery. Explore the materials used to create potpourri, fragrance waters, and perfume oils in France during the 18th century and create your own historic fragrance in this hands-on workshop.


 
Jewelry Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 2014;
repeats Saturday, November 15
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Studio
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, parking)
Open to 16 participants

Join designer and artist Deborah Wright for a hands-on introduction to the art of fashioning metal into jewelry. Explore fabrication, tools, and contemporary techniques in the light of methods employed by artisans of antiquity. Participants are introduced to forging, shaping, piercing, decorative techniques—such as wire-wrapping and stamping—through a gallery tour, demonstration, and studio practice. Each student completes a pair of pierced hoop earrings.


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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Southern Italian Culinary Traditions
Thursday, January 8; repeats Friday, January 9, 2015
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants.



Join Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites for an exploration of the ancient and modern culinary traditions of Southern Italy. Learn about the myths and customs related to death and the afterlife through a tour of the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Prepare and enjoy a class meal inspired by historical recipes.


 
Aphrodisiacs Cocktail Party
Thursday, February 12; repeats Friday, February 13, 2015
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants.
Tickets available January 2, 2014.

Celebrate Valentine's Day by exploring historic aphrodisiacs and art dedicated to love, sex, and beauty with Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites. Tour the Museum's collection, then prepare hors d'oeuvres and cocktails inspired by historic recipes filled with amorous ingredients.


Culinary Workshop
 
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Feasts and Opulence in Roman Gaul
Thursday, December 4; repeats Friday, December 5, 2014
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary

Join museum educator and chef Nancy DeLucia Real to explore the art, culture and religion of Roman Gaul (modern-day France) in a hands-on historical cooking class. Participants view lavish silver artifacts in the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, visit the Herb Garden, then prepare recipes inspired by Gallo-Romanic cuisine and ancient opulence.


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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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Drawing Heads
Explore the art of drawing the human head while learning basic anatomy, proportions, and placement of key features with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, December 7 and 21, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

Gathers and Folds: The Art of Drapery
Discover techniques for drawing dynamic drapery with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

Sunday, January 4 and 11, 2015, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

Light and Shadows: The Art of Value
Learn how to create realistic drawings through the use of value and the study of light logic.

Sunday, February 1 and 15, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

Space and Composition: The Art of Landscapes
Explore ways divide space, compose pictorial elements and create depth to create dynamic landscape drawings with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, March 1, 15, and April 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

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Drawing Babies
Discover the unique challenges and solutions to rendering babies with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, November 2 and 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

Drawing Hands
Explore the art of drawing hands using gesture drawing, simple forms and angle citing with artist Kaitlynn Redell, part of The Big Draw LA celebration.

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



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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, one-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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Contour Drawing
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises in the Villa galleries focusing on the contours (or outlines) of ancient sculptures. 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, December 20, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Archaic Body
Draw from an Archaic kouros in the Museum collection and learn about the system of proportion used to create this male figure sculpture. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Tour Meeting Place.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

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Take a Closer Look
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises focusing on small objects and artwork details in the Villa 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, November 22, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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