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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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.


 
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.

 
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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.


 
Panel Portrait Workshop
Sunday, March 22, 2015
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, parking)

Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a workshop exploring portrait painting on panel. Learn about the mummy portraits of Greco-Roman Egypt's Fayum region, where painters achieved realism in their depictions of women, men, and children. Studio exercises include study of the anatomy of the human face, mixing tempera paint from raw pigment, and painting on wooden panels.



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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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The Trail of Alexander the Great
Thursday, June 4; repeats Friday, June 5, 2015
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary

Thursday, June 4


Friday, June5


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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A Renaissance in Dining: Culture and Cuisine of the Northern Italian Courts
Thursday, May 14; repeats Friday, May 15, 2015
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $85, parking complimentary

Explore the majesty of Renaissance art, culture, and cuisine from the courts of Northern Italy with museum educator and chef Nancy DeLucia Real in this hands-on culinary workshop. Participants tour the exhibition Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts, discover period dining practices, and prepare a meal highlighting historic 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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Nature Journaling
Discover the practice of nature journaling with artist Deborah Shaw in the Getty's Central Garden.

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

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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

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

Sunday, April 19, 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

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

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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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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

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.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

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Flora and Fauna
In Greek and Roman Art the depiction of flora and fauna played a vital role. Images of animals in art represented important symbols of courage, wealth and power as well as sacred creatures to gods. Looking closely to objects in the museum's collection participants will draw from sculptures, frescoes and vases focusing primarily on the flora and fauna. Open to 25 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Tour Meeting Place.

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

Drawing Hands
Learn the basics of drawing hands by closely observing the anatomical details of figure sculptures. Learn about hands' symbolism, relationship to the body, and role in composition. 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, March 14, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Contrapposto
Draw from figure sculptures in contrapposto (Italian for "counter pose"), a relaxed and balanced pose that lended naturalism to depictions of the human body. 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, February 14, 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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