Courses and Demonstrations

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  • Reflecting the Divine: A Cross-Cultural Look at Greece and China (Day 2)

    Saturday May 3, 2014
    1 pm - 3 pm
    USC Pacific Asia Museum

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  • Art Circles

    Saturday May 3, 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 28 participants. Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints

    Sunday May 4, 2014
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and procedures. Complements the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Double Vision: Making Albumen Print Stereographs

    Wednesday May 7, 2014
    10:30 am - 5 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Join Luther Gerlach, nationally recognized photographer specializing in 19th-century techniques, and learn to make albumen print stereographs from negative to final print in this daylong studio workshop. Participants explore vintage cameras, lenses, and historic photographic processes in conjunction with the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. Open to 24 participants. Course fee $125 (includes lunch and materials). Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: Byzantine Chanting

    Saturday May 10, 2014
    11:30 am, 2:30 pm
    Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center

    Join chanters Father Konstantine Douvikas, Mario Lazaridis, and Dimitris Liogris for an intimate performance of sacred melodies from ancient and medieval Byzantium. In Byzantine chant, the human voice is regarded as a holy instrument, communicating with the divine through note and pitch. 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: Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints

    Sunday May 18, 2014
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and procedures. Complements the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • The Art of Byzantium: Origins and Influence (Day 2)

    Sunday May 18, 2014
    1 pm - 4 pm
    GRI Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Share curators' perspectives on two special exhibitions of Byzantine art. On Day 1 join curator Mary Hart at the Getty Villa to explore the Greco-Roman roots of spectacular Byzantine objects on loan from Greece. On Day 2, at the Getty Center, discover with curator Elizabeth Morrison how Byzantine manuscripts inspired diverse cultural traditions from Europe to Ethiopia. Course fee $35 per session (includes refreshments); sign up for one or both. Complimentary parking.

    Day 1: Saturday, May 10, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Getty Villa
    Day 2: Sunday, May 18, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Getty Center

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  • Drawing from the Masters: Exploration and Resolution

    Sunday May 18, 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 May, explore drawing as an act of improvisation, exploration, and selective resolution 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: Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints

    Sunday May 25, 2014
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

    Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and procedures. Complements the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Drawing from the Masters: Expressive Drawings

    Sunday June 1, 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 June, discover how to tap into an existing language of line, shape, tone, and placement to communicate meaning and emotion in your drawings 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.

  • Art Circles

    Saturday June 14, 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 28 participants. Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: Expressive Drawings

    Sunday June 15, 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 June, discover how to tap into an existing language of line, shape, tone, and placement to communicate meaning and emotion in your drawings 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.

  • Engaging Ensor: Interactive Print Project

    Saturday June 28, 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

    Sunday June 29, 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

    Wednesday July 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.

  • Engaging Ensor: Interactive Print Project

    Thursday July 3, 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.

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  • Handling Session: Mosaics

    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.

  • Handling Session: Mosaics

    Thursdays through August 28, 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.

  • Artist at Work: Byzantine Chanting

    Saturday April 26, 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.

  • The Art of Byzantium: Origins and Influence (Day 1)

    Saturday May 10, 2014
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Share curators' perspectives on two special exhibitions of Byzantine art. On Day 1 join curator Mary Hart at the Getty Villa to explore the Greco-Roman roots of spectacular Byzantine objects on loan from Greece. On Day 2, at the Getty Center, discover with curator Elizabeth Morrison how Byzantine manuscripts inspired diverse cultural traditions from Europe to Ethiopia. Course fee $35 per session (includes refreshments); sign up for one or both. Complimentary parking.

    Day 1: Saturday, May 10, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Getty Villa
    Day 2: Sunday, May 18, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Getty Center

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  • Artist at Work: In Memorium

    Weekends May 24 - May 25, 2014
    11:30 am, 2:30 pm
    Education Court, Getty Villa
    How did ancient Romans honor and mourn the deceased? Join the members of the Legion Six Historical Society for an exploration of ancient funeral practices, including portraiture in wax, eulogies, and professional mourners. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Drawing from Antiquity: Pattern and Repetition

    Saturday May 24, 2014
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Explore how ancient artists created repeating geometric and natural motifs by sketching from artworks and architectural details. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free program. Open to 25 participants. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Byzantium in Art and Music

    Saturday May 31, 2014
    9 am - 4 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Explore the art and culture of Byzantium in a daylong program inspired by the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and LA Opera's production of Massenet's Thaïs, which is set during the Byzantine Empire. The program includes talks, tours of the exhibition, and musical performances by LA Opera artists. Program fee $60 (includes lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Culinary Workshop: A Taste of Byzantium

    Thursday June 5, 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, then pick herbs in the Herb Garden. 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 June 6, 2014
    10:30 am - 2 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, then pick herbs in the Herb Garden. 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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  • Icon Painting Workshop

    Saturday June 14, 2014
    10:30 am - 5 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Discover the art of icon painting using ancient methods and modern materials in this daylong workshop with contemporary iconographer Father Michael Courey. Learn to develop the figure and apply colors following Byzantine layering techniques developed in antiquity while using contemporary acrylic pigments. Each participant completes a small icon painting. Course fee $125 (includes lunch and materials). Open to 24 participants. Complimentary parking.

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  • Pursuing Love and Dodging Death: Art, Poetry, Magic

    Saturday June 14, 2014
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Sending cards and flowers to commemorate love and death is a modern practice—but passion and grief are ageless! Explore with educator Amber Wells some fascinating ways the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians expressed desire, punished rivals, and confronted dying. Investigate images, poetry, and magic, then tour the collection (including a mummy!). Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: Byzantine Chanting

    Saturday June 21, 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: Classical Color

    Saturday June 21, 2014
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Sketch from classical sculptures using color pencils to creatively envision how white marble was once painted in bold colors. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free program. open to 25 recipients. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

  • Sculpting in Relief

    Sunday June 29, 2014
    10:30 am - 5 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a hands-on exploration of relief sculpture, the art of creating an illusion of depth in a shallow space. 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. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 24 participants. Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: Painting Heaven and Earth

    Weekends July 5 - July 13, 2014
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Education Studio, Getty Villa
    Byzantine artists created luminous icons and frescoes as well as richly embellished manuscripts. Join artist Sylvana Barrett for an in-depth exploration of the materials and evolution of Byzantine painting. Watch a demonstration of the traditional water gilding and egg tempera painting techniques employed in painting an icon. Complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Studio Workshop: Mosaics

    Sunday July 27, 2014
    10 - 4:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Join Greek mosaics conservator George Karabalis for a one-day workshop on mosaic techniques from antiquity through the Byzantine era. Explore the history, evolution, and conservation of mosaics in a lecture and tour of the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. In the studio, learn traditional techniques of selecting and applying tesserae to create your own mosaic tile. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $150 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • 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, then pick herbs in the Herb Garden. Participants use historic ingredients and recipes to prepare and then enjoy a class meal. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning July 1.

  • 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, then pick herbs in the Herb Garden. Participants use historic ingredients and recipes to prepare and then enjoy a class meal. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning July 1.

  • 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.

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