Courses and Demonstrations

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  • Artist at Work: French Fashion

    Sunday September 7, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Drop by as historic-costume designer Maxwell Barr explores Rococo fashion in the prosperous world of 18th-century Paris. He demonstrates with a live model the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity required to create the wardrobe for a day of dressing in an elite, bourgeois household. Complements the exhibition Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections.

  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing on the Edge

    Sunday September 7, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In September, strengthen your eye hand coordination through the practice of contour drawing with artist Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Art Circles

    Saturday September 13, 2014
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a sandwich voucher). Open to 20 participants. Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: French Fashion

    Sunday September 14, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Drop by as historic-costume designer Maxwell Barr explores Rococo fashion in the prosperous world of 18th-century Paris. He demonstrates with a live model the extraordinary craftsmanship and virtuosity required to create the wardrobe for a day of dressing in an elite, bourgeois household. Complements the exhibition Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections.

  • Culinary Workshop: The Spectacle of French Cuisine: From Rococo to Revolution

    Thursday September 18, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Private Dining Room, Getty Center

    Explore French art and culinary traditions with Maite Gomez-Rejon of Artbites in this hands-on culinary workshop. As an appetizer, participants tour the Getty's collection of French drawings, paintings, and decorative arts and then prepare a class meal inspired by historic recipes and ingredients. Complements the exhibition Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawing from Los Angeles Collections. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

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  • Culinary Workshop: The Spectacle of French Cuisine: From Rococo to Revolution

    Friday September 19, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Private Dining Room, Getty Center

    Explore French art and culinary traditions with Maite Gomez-Rejon of Artbites in this hands-on culinary workshop. As an appetizer, participants tour the Getty's collection of French drawings, paintings, and decorative arts and then prepare a class meal inspired by historic recipes and ingredients. Complements the exhibition Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawing from Los Angeles Collections. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing on the Edge

    Sunday September 21, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In September, strengthen your eye-hand coordination through the practice of contour drawing with artist Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • The Big Draw with Sumi Ink Club

    Sunday October 5, 2014
    12 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Drop by, grab a brush, and join the Sumi Ink Club in the creation of a large scale, collaborative ink drawing as part of The Big Draw LA celebration. Founded by Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck, the Sumi Ink Club encourages participatory drawing projects for all ages and experience levels. This is a free program. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Hands

    Sunday October 5, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In October, explore the art of drawing hands using gesture drawing, simple forms, and angle citing with artist Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Artist at Work: Arms and Armor

    Sundays October 19 - November 2, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    How did knights get shining armor? Drop by as master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages. Complements the Chivalry in the Middle Ages exhibition.

  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Hands

    Sunday October 19, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In October, explore the art of drawing hands using gesture drawing, simple forms, and angle sighting with artist Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Sculpting Workshop: Rubens and the Dramatic Figure

    Wednesday October 22, 2014
    10:30 am - 5 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Peter Paul Rubens was a key artist of the Baroque period, an era whose art evokes drama and sensuality. Join artist Christopher Slatoff in this daylong sculpting workshop exploring the dynamic and expressive qualities of the human figure. Participants tour the exhibitions Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist and Drawing in the Age of Rubens for inspiration, and create a 16-inch sculpture in clay from a live model. Open to 22 participants. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Babies

    Sunday November 2, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In November, discover the unique challenges to and solutions for rendering babies with artist Marissa Magdelena with a focus on proportion and key features. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Culinary Workshop: A Knight's Table: Food, Drink, and Damsels in Distress

    Thursday November 6, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Private Dining Room, Getty Center

    Explore art and cuisine from the age of chivalry with chef and art historian Robin Trento. Tour the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages, discover period customs, ingredients, and recipes, and prepare a class meal fit for nobility. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

    Course repeats on Friday, November 7.

    Tickets on sale beginning October 7.

  • Culinary Workshop: A Knight's Table: Food, Drink, and Damsels in Distress

    Friday November 7, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Private Dining Room, Getty Center

    Explore art and cuisine from the age of chivalry with chef and art historian Robin Trento. Tour the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages, discover period customs, ingredients, and recipes, and prepare a class meal fit for nobility. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning October 7.

  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Babies

    Sunday November 16, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In November, discover the unique challenges to and solutions for rendering babies with artist Marissa Magdelena with a focus on proportion and key features. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Froth and Folly: Scents for 18th-Century French Nobility

    Sunday December 7, 2014
    1 pm - 5 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    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. Open to 25 participants. Course fee $65 (includes materials). Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Heads

    Sunday December 7, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In December, discover art of drawing the human head while learning basic proportions, anatomy, and placement of key features with artist Peter Zokosky. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Artist at Work: Manuscript Illumination

    Sundays December 21, 2014 - January 18, 2015
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the traditional materials and techniques used to create the fine gold gilding and painted images found in illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Complements the exhibition Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages.

    1:00–2:00 p.m.: Pigments and gilding
    2:00–3:00 p.m.: Medieval painting techniques

  • Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Heads

    Sunday December 21, 2014
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In December, discover the art of drawing the human head while learning basic proportions, anatomy, and placement of key features with artist Peter Zokosky. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

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Admission is free. An advanced timed-entry ticket is required.

  • Handling Session: Mummy Portraits

    Thursdays and Sundays September 4 - October 30, 2014
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    How were mummy portraits painted in Roman Egypt? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Explore tools and materials used by ancient artists, ranging from pigments to beeswax, and discover the tempera and encaustic painting techniques used to create these unique portraits. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Artist at Work: Unstitching Ancient Garments

    Saturday September 6, 2014
    11:30 am, 2:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Join costumed reenactors from the Legion Six Historical Society to investigate ancient Greek and Roman garments—with a focus on women's fashion—as depicted in sculptures in the Museum's collection. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

    On Saturday, September 13, men's fashion is explored.

  • Artist at Work: Unstitching Ancient Garments

    Saturday September 13, 2014
    11:30 am, 2:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Join costumed reenactors from the Legion Six Historical Society to investigate ancient Greek and Roman garments—with a focus on men's fashion—as depicted in sculptures in the Museum's collection. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

    On Saturday, September 6, women's fashion is explored.

  • Drawing from Antiquity: Light and Shadow

    Saturday September 20, 2014
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Create dynamic compositions of light and shadow by sketching from ancient sculptures in the 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.

  • Figure Drawing and Roman Fashion (Day 1)

    Sunday September 28, 2014
    1 pm - 4:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Join instructor Audrey Chan for a two-day exploration of the figure and ancient men's and women's fashions modeled by members of the Legion Six Historical Society. Sketching exercises in the galleries and studio concentrate on the depiction of figures dressed in armor and draped fabric in poses inspired by classical statuary. Open to 22 participants. Course fee $40 per session, or $75 for the series (includes materials). Complimentary parking.

    Day 1: Sunday, September 28, 1:004:30 p.m.: Women's Fashion
    Day 2: Sunday, October 5, 1:004:30 p.m.: Men's Fashion

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  • Figure Drawing and Roman Fashion (Day 2)

    Sunday October 5, 2014
    1 pm - 4:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Join instructor Audrey Chan for a two-day exploration of the figure and ancient men's and women's fashions modeled by members of the Legion Six Historical Society. Sketching exercises in the galleries and studio concentrate on the depiction of figures dressed in armor and draped fabric in poses inspired by classical statuary. Open to 22 participants. Course fee $40 per session, or $75 for the series (includes materials). Complimentary parking.

    Day 1: Sunday, September 28, 1:004:30 p.m.: Women's Fashion
    Day 2: Sunday, October 5, 1:004:30 p.m.: Men's Fashion

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  • Elana Mann: Villa Murmurs

    Saturday October 11, 2014
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Getty Villa
    Los Angeles-based artist Elana Mann leads a participatory sonic tour of the Herb Garden and Outer Peristyle inspired by pioneering volcanologist Frank Alvord Perret, who invented "geophones" to listen to the earth's subterranean rumblings. Mann has designed "histophones" to allow visitors to detect real and imagined murmurs of history. What sounds will you hear? Open to 20 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Elana Mann: Villa Murmurs

    Saturday October 18, 2014
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Getty Villa
    Los Angeles-based artist Elana Mann leads a participatory sonic tour of the Herb Garden and Outer Peristyle inspired by pioneering volcanologist Frank Alvord Perret, who invented "geophones" to listen to the earth's subterranean rumblings. Mann has designed "histophones" to allow visitors to detect real and imagined murmurs of history. What sounds will you hear? Open to 20 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Introduction to Fresco Painting

    Sundays October 19 - October 26, 2014
    10 am - 4:30 pm
    Education Studio, Getty Villa
    Join fresco master iLia Anossov for a hands-on introduction to the art of painting on fresh plaster. On the first day of the workshop, explore plaster preparation and cartoon-making through lecture and demonstration. On the second day, explore cartoon-transfer methods, raw pigments, and painting techniques through demonstration and studio practice. Each participant completes a buon fresco tile. Course fee $235 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

    Day 1: Sunday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Day 2: Sunday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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  • Drawing from Antiquity: Drawing en Plein Air

    Saturday October 25, 2014
    11 am - 1 pm
    Outer Peristyle, Getty Villa
    Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises en plein air in the Villa's Outer Peristyle gardens as part of the Big Draw LA celebration. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free, drop-in program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Jewelry Workshop

    Saturday November 1, 2014
    10 am - 4:30 pm
    Education Studio, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 16 participants. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

    Course repeats on November 15.

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  • Handling Session: Greek Vases

    Sundays November 2 - December 28, 2014
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    How were Greek vases made? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials used by ancient potters and painters, ranging from riverbed clays to mouse-whisker brushes. Discover the hidden techniques used to shape and decorate these ancient painted vessels in the black-figure and red-figure styles. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Handling Session: Greek Vases

    Thursdays November 6 - December 18, 2014
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    How were Greek vases made? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials used by ancient potters and painters, ranging from riverbed clays to mouse-whisker brushes. Discover the hidden techniques used to shape and decorate these ancient painted vessels in the black-figure and red-figure styles. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Jewelry Workshop

    Saturday November 15, 2014
    10 am - 4:30 pm
    Education Studio, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 16 participants. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from Antiquity: Take a Closer Look

    Saturday November 22, 2014
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    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.

  • Culinary Workshop: Feasts and Opulence in Roman Gaul

    Thursday December 4, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

    Course repeats on Friday, December 5.

    Tickets on sale beginning November 1.

  • Culinary Workshop: Feasts and Opulence in Roman Gaul

    Friday December 5, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning November 1.

  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Roman

    Sunday December 7, 2014
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Travel back 2,000 years with educator Shelby Brown to appreciate the self-indulgent practices, delicate arts, and elaborate architecture of wealthy Romans. Our models are the Getty Villa itself, a copy of an elite Roman mansion, objects from the Villa's collection, and the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville. Course fee $35. Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning October 1.

  • Drawing from Antiquity: Contour Drawing

    Wednesday December 10, 2014
    11 am - 12:25 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    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.

Courses and Demonstrations