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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The Inspired Landscape
Sunday, July 24, 2016
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum studios
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)



Discover the beauty and power of the Romantic landscape in this daylong workshop with artist Richard Houston. Participants will use both watercolor and dry media to investigate the technical and stylistic innovations inspired by French artist Theodore Rousseau and the Romantic movement of the 19th century. The day culminates with a plein air session in the Getty's Central Garden. Complements the exhibition Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau.

 
The Enduring Figure
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 23 participants.



Discover how the traditional practice of drawing from a live model can inspire complex contemporary expression in this daylong studio workshop with artist Peter Zokosky. Participants explore the expressive capacity of the human form and the inventive potential of figurative art through a series of in-studio discussions, drawing sessions and a tour of the exhibition London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj.






 
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Introduction to Fresco Painting, 2-part course
Sunday, June 5 and 12, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and galleries
Course fee $235 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)

Join fresco master iLia Anossov for a hands-on introduction to the art of painting on fresh plaster. The two-day workshop explores plaster preparation, cartoon-making and transfer methods, raw pigments, and painting techniques through lecture, demonstration, and studio practice. Each participant completes a buon fresco tile.

China as Center: Journeys of Power and Belief
Saturday, June 4, 2016
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $35 (includes parking)

 
Explore the many historical links between Europe and China, from Silk Roads to the porcelain trade, and from Buddhist monasteries to regal courts with curator Bryan C. Keene and educators Christine Spier and Andrew Westover, in this course complementing the exhibitions Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts and Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road.


 
Silverpoint Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios and galleries
Course fee $125 (includes parking)

Renaissance artists used silver wire to create delicate underdrawings in panel paintings as well as fine, finished drawings. Join artist Sylvana Barrett in this daylong drawing workshop and explore the materials and techniques used in silverpoint. Learn how to prepare the drawing surface, draw with silver wire, and heighten drawings with handmade white paint.




 
Clay Statuettes Workshop
Sunday, May 15, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)

Terracotta figurines were produced throughout Greece and were especially popular in the central region of Boeotia. Boeotian artisans especially preferred female figures, either mortal women or goddesses. The figurines were frequently left as dedications to the divinities in religious sanctuaries. Join artist Elmira Adamian for a tour of the small terracotta figurines at the Getty Villa, then create and decorate a statuette using self-hardening clay.

 
Trompe l'oeil Painting Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 24 participants.

In ancient Rome, faux painting was used to capture the distinctive and varied patterns of marble as exterior and interior frescoes. Join artist Elmira Adamian for a daylong workshop to learn trompe l'oeil ("trick the eye") painting techniques that imitate the appearance of polished marble. Tour the galleries of the Getty Villa and return to the studio for painting exercises.


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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The Eclectic Empire
Thursday, July 7; repeats
Friday, July 8, 2016
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $95, parking complimentary



Discover the tastes of the expansive Roman Empire with Maite Gomez-Rejón by taking a tour of the special exhibition Roman Mosaics Across the Empire and then preparing a modern interpretation of an ancient meal with a North African and Syrian flair. Open to 20 participants.

 
The Impressionist Palate
Thursday, September 15; repeats Friday,
September 16, 2016
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $95, parking complimentary
Tickets available August 24, 2016

Explore the art and cuisine of the French Impressionists in this culinary workshop led by Maite Gomez Rejon of Artbites. Participants explore the Impressionist paintings at the Getty Center, discover the dining practices and food preferences of chefs and artists of the period, and prepare a class meal featuring historical ingredients and regional recipes.

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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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The Art of Drawing Trees
Trees can provide structure, rhythm or a magnificent focal point in a landscape drawing. Explore the art of drawing trees individually and in the landscape with artist Deborah Shaw in conjunction with the exhibition Unruly Nature: Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau.

Sunday, July 17, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Central Garden, Getty Center

Expressive Drawing
Discover the potential for complex personal expression inherent in the act of drawing with artist Peter Zokosky in conjunction with the exhibition London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj.

Sunday, August 7 and 21, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Understanding the Human Form
Explore how abstract form becomes configuration with artist Kaitlynn Redell in conjunction with the exhibition London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj.

Sunday, September 4 and 18, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

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Nature Journaling
Discover the art of nature journaling with botanical artist Deborah Shaw. Learn the value of nature journaling, what to look for, and how to draw leaves and flowers.

Sunday, June 5 and 19, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Central Garden, Getty Center

Depicting Depth
Explore ways to divide space and compose pictorial elements to create dynamic compositions with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, May 1 and 15, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Perspective
Discover drawing techniques for creating perspective with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, April 3 and 17, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

The Art of Darkness
Explore the expressive power of light and shadow with artist Kaitlynn Redell, Complements the Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints exhibition.

Sunday, March 6 and 20, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

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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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Drawing Flowers
Learn about and sketch the flowers growing in the Villa gardens. 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 2, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Crosshatching the Landscape
Capture the dynamism of the landscape surrounding the Villa using the crosshatching drawing technique. 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 13, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

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Drawing by Seeing
Practice blind contour drawing techniques to hone your skills of observation. 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, June 18, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Plein Air
Find inspiration from nature through sketching 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, May 21, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Pattern, Repetition & Rhythm
Discover and draw flowing, alternating, and repetitive pattern and movement in the antiquities 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, April 9, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Form
Learn shading techniques to achieve the illusion of three-dimensional form while drawing sculptures from observation. 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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Line
Explore artifacts in the galleries, then sketch a line drawing inspired by the linear motifs of the Geometric period in Greek art. 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.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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