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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Double Vision: Making Albumen Print Stereographs
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $125 (includes lunch and materials)
Complimentary parking
Open to 24 participants



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.


 
Icon Painting Workshop
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios A & B
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, parking)
Open to 24 participants



Discover the art of icon painting using modern methods and materials in this daylong painting workshop with contemporary iconographer Father Michael Courey. Participants 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. Complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads.




 
Icon Painting Workshop
Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, parking)
Open to 24 participants



Discover the art of icon painting using modern methods and materials in this daylong painting workshop with contemporary iconographer Father Michael Courey. Participants 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. Complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.




 
Sculpting in Relief
Saturday, June 29, 2014
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, parking)
Open to 24 participants



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.


 
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Botanical Still Life and Myth
Saturday, April 5, 2014
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Outer Peristyle
Course fee $45 (includes materials)
Complimentary parking
Open to 24 participants

Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a still-life painting workshop inspired by classical myths in which mortals are transformed into vegetation and plants are associated with gods and goddesses. In this course, learn about the plants that grow in the Villa's lush gardens, then create a botanical still-life painting incorporating flowers, fruit, and plants.


 
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Classical Color
Saturday, March 15, 2014
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $45 (includes materials)
Complimentary parking
Open to 24 participants

Antiquity is often associated with white marble, but in reality, the ancient world was brightly painted and decorated with bold color made from natural pigments. Join instructor Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises in the galleries, then return to the studio to create acrylic paintings that creatively envision the classical world in full color.

VIDEO: Tracing the Colors of Ancient Sculpture

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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.

 
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A Taste of Byzantium
Thursday, June 5; repeats Friday, June 6, 2014
10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants



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.



Culinary Workshop
 
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The Victorian Appetite
Thursday, March 6; repeats Friday, March 7, 2014
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants

Discover the art, culture, and cuisine of Victorian England with Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. Explore early photography in the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, then learn the history of the English high tea while preparing a traditional tea service complete with the scones, jams, and tea sandwiches suited to a well-appointed Victorian home.



 
Aphrodisiacs Cocktail Party
Thursday, February 6; repeats Friday, February 7, 2014
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants

Prepare for Valentine's Day by exploring ancient aphrodisiacs and myths related to love, sex, and beauty with Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites. Tour the Museum's collection, then prepare hors d'oeuvres and cocktails inspired by historic recipes with ingredients that Aphrodite would savor.



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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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Exploration and Resolution
Explore drawing as an act of improvisation, exploration, and selective resolution with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, May 4 and 18, 2014
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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Form Through Line
Explore the drawing techniques of hatching and cross-hatching to create the illusion of form with artist Stas Orlovski. Complements the Hatched! exhibition.

Sunday, March 2, 16, and April 6, 2014
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

The Big Gesture
Learn to express the figure using dynamic gesture-drawing techniques with artist Helen Gu.

Sunday, February 2 and 16, 2014
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

An Artful Arrangement
Explore the art of still-life drawing with artist Marissa Magdelena with an emphasis on value and composition.

Sunday, January 5 and 19, 2014
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Myths and Figures
Explore how artists approach the human figure when inspired by dramatic stories of classical gods and heroes with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, December 1 and 15, 2013
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Positive and Negative Space
Explore how artists compose pictures, design forms, and express emotions through the use of positive and negative space with artist Stas Orlvoski.

Sunday, October 6 and 20, 2013
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Foreshortening
Explore the dynamics and mechanics of foreshortening to create life-like drawings with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, November 3 and 17, 2013
3:30–5:30 p.m.
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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Pattern and Repetition
Explore how ancient artists created repeating geometric and natural motifs by sketching from artworks and architectural details.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Classical Color
Sketch from classical sculptures using color pencils to creatively envision how white marble was once painted in bold colors.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Cloud Sketching
Can you make a drawing without lines? Learn to create effects of volume, light, and shadow with the cloud sketching technique.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
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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