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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Trompe-l'œil Drawing Workshop
Sunday, September 12, 2015
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Outer Peristyle
Course fee $45 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 24 participants



In this drawing workshop with artist Elmira Adamian, learn how to create a composition using perspectival and optical illusion that suggests a three-dimensional space. The technique of trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye") dates back to antiquity and was often employed in frescoes. Explore the wall paintings at the Getty Villa and create your own illusionistic drawings with pastels.


 
Portrait Sculpting: Power and Pathos
Sunday, September 20, 2015
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios A & B
Course fee $135 (includes materials, parking, and lunch)



Join Peter Zokosky for a daylong intensive portrait-sculpting workshop inspired by the power and beauty of Hellenistic bronze sculptures. Participants in this hands-on workshop will sculpt a 1/2-scale portrait head from a live model. Technical guidance, methods, tools and all materials will be supplied. This class is appropriate for all levels from beginners to experienced sculptors. Each participant will take home a sculpted head in non-drying, oil-based clay.


 
Bronze Casting Workshop
October 20, 27, and November 3, 2015
12:30–4:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios A & B
Decker Studio Fine Arts Foundry, North Hollywood
Course fee $235 (includes materials, foundry tour, and bronze casting fees)

Session 1: Getty Center, Museum Studios
Session 2: Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry
Session 3: Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry



Learn the art of lost-wax casting in this three-session workshop with sculptor and foundry president Sandy Decker. Explore sculpting, mold making, casting, and finishing techniques to create a small relief medallion cast in bronze. Complements the exhibition Hellenistic Bronzes.


 
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Drawing Workshop: Andrea del Sarto and the Florentine Portrait
Saturday, August 29, 2015
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios A & B
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)

Rivaling Leonardo da Vinci as one of history's most accomplished draftsmen, Andrea del Sarto introduced a naturalism and immediacy unseen in Renaissance Florence. Discover the work of del Sarto while learning to draw the human head with artist Richard Houston in this daylong studio workshop. Working from both the live model and works of art in the galleries, participants systematically investigate proportions, form, value, and expression as well as del Sarto's underlying methods and creative process.


 
Jewelry Workshop
Sunday, July 12, 2015;
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios A & B
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and 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 piercing and decorative techniques—such as wire-wrapping and stamping. Tour the galleries, then return to the studio for demonstrations and hands-on practice. Each student completes a chain linked bracelet with semi-precious cut gems.


 
Froth and Folly: Scent for 18th-Century French Nobility
Saturday, June 27, 2015
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
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; view related objects from the decorative arts collection; and create your own historic fragrance in this hands-on workshop.

 
Metal Embossing and Repoussé Workshop
Sunday, May 31, 2015
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, parking)
Open to 24 participants

Artist Elmira Adamian leads this introductory-level workshop on the metalworking techniques of embossing and repoussé, the art of creating relief sculpture on a sheet of metal. Tour the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, which features some of the finest examples of ancient Roman silver sculpted in relief. In the studio, create your own low-relief decorations on malleable metal sheets.


 
Watercolor Workshop
Sunday, March 1 and April 19, 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.


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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.

Culinary Workshop
 
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Feast and Festival
Thursday, November 5; repeats Friday,
November 6, 2015
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Tickets available October 1, 2015

Discover the history of feasting and the aesthetics of food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance as explored in the exhibitions Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, then prepare and enjoy a celebratory meal inspired by period recipes and ingredients with Maite Gomez-Rejon of Artbites.


 
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Dining in Hellenistic Greece
Thursday, August 20; repeats Friday, August 21, 2015
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $85, parking complimentary

Discover the tastes of the ancient world in this hands-on workshop exploring the culinary and artistic accomplishments in Hellenistic Greece. Led by Maite Gomez-Rejon of Artbites, participants visit the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, learn ancient dining customs, and prepare a class meal inspired by historical recipes and ingredients.

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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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Expressive Mark Making
Explore the expressive power of mark making with artist Marissa Magdalena.

Sunday, September 6 and 20, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

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Figure Drawing
Learn to draw the human figure with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

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

Drawing Animals
Discover techniques for capturing the form and gesture of animals with artist Peter Zokosky.

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

Nature Journaling
Discover the practice of nature journaling with artist Deborah Shaw in the Getty's Central Garden.

Sunday, June 7 and June 21, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Central Garden

Plein Air Sketching
Enjoy the tradition of plein air sketching, including landscape and botanical drawing in the Getty Garden with artist Deborah Shaw.

Sundays, May 3 and May 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Central Garden

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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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Making Faces
Explore the proportions of the human face by sketching from portrait sculptures of Roman men, women, and children 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.

Saturday, September 19, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

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Light and Shadow
Create dynamic compositions of light and shadow by sketching from ancient sculptures in the gardens of the Getty Villa. 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, August 15, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Inner and Outer Peristyle

Plein Air Drawing
Since antiquity, artists have taken inspiration from nature. In this drawing workshop, sketch in the Outer Peristyle and experiment with watercolor pencils and wet brushes. 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, July 18, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Outer Peristyle

Roman Gardens
In Roman antiquity, plants held mythological symbolism and were used for food, textile, cosmetics, ritual, and more. In this session, learn about and draw from plants that grow in the gardens of the Getty Villa. Open to 25 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Tour Meeting Place.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Animals in Art
Sculptures of animals, particularly horses and lions were popular subject in the ancient world. Horses were a symbol of wealth and prestige, and lions have been important symbol of bravery and authority. Learn basic anatomy and drawing techniques to create drawings of horses and lions. Open to 25 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Tour Meeting Place.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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