Courses and Demonstrations

The Getty Center

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  • Engaging Ensor: Interactive Print Project

    Friday August 1, 2014
    12 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), the San Francisco-based art collective, at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters in conjunction with the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Engaging Ensor: Interactive Print Project

    Saturday August 2, 2014
    12 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), the San Francisco-based art collective, at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters in conjunction with the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Artist at Work: Arms and Armor

    Sunday August 3, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Courtyard, 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: Mark Marking

    Sunday August 3, 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 August, explore the expressive potential of making marks to create value, form, and texture with artist Marissa Magdelena. 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

    Sunday August 10, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Drop by as master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages through Renaissance.

  • Artist at Work: Arms and Armor

    Sunday August 24, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Drop by as master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages through Renaissance.

  • Artist at Work: Arms and Armor

    Sunday August 31, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Courtyard, 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Froth and Folly: Scent in 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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The Getty Villa

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

  • Handling Session: Mosaics

    Thursdays and Sundays through August 31, 2014
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    How were mosaics created from pieces of stone and glass? Learn how these intricate architectural decorations were made in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials used by ancient mosaicists, including tesserae, slaked lime, marble dust, and nippers. Complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Culinary Workshop: A Taste of Byzantium

    Thursday August 14, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Discover the flavors that met at the opulent and spiritual crossroads of the Byzantine Empire, which bridged the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Join chef and art historian Robin Trento for a tour of the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Participants use historic ingredients and recipes to prepare and then enjoy a class meal. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

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  • Culinary Workshop: A Taste of Byzantium

    Friday August 15, 2014
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Discover the flavors that met at the opulent and spiritual crossroads of the Byzantine Empire, which bridged the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Join chef and art historian Robin Trento for a tour of the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Participants use historic ingredients and recipes to prepare and then enjoy a class meal. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: Byzantine Chanting

    Saturday August 16, 2014
    11:30 am, 2:30 pm
    Inner Peristyle, Getty Villa
    Join chanters Father Konstantine Douvikas, Mario Lazaridis, and Dimitris Liogris for an intimate performance of sacred melodies from ancient and medieval Byzantium. Learn how this form of early Christian music bridged ancient and medieval oral traditions, and continues to be performed today. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Artist at Work: Byzantine Chanting

    Saturday August 23, 2014
    11:30 am, 2:30 pm
    Inner Peristyle, Getty Villa
    Join chanters Father Konstantine Douvikas, Mario Lazaridis, and Dimitris Liogris for an intimate performance of sacred melodies from ancient and medieval Byzantium. Learn how this form of early Christian music bridged ancient and medieval oral traditions, and continues to be performed today. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Drawing from Antiquity: Depicting Drapery

    Saturday August 30, 2014
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Learn how to create the illusion of draped and gathered fabric 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

  • 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.

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

  • Artist at Work: Unstiching 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.

    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, 1:00–4:30 p.m.: Women's Fashion
    Day 2: Sunday, October 5, 1:00–4:30 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, 1:00–4:30 p.m.: Women's Fashion
    Day 2: Sunday, October 5, 1:00–4:30 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

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