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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Aphrodisiacs: Aromas of Desire
Sunday, February 7, 2016
12:30–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $65 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 24 participants.



Fragrances and perfumes have been known to awaken desires since antiquity. Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to the art of perfumery. Explore the natural materials used to create fragrance waters and perfume oils in ancient Greece and Rome, then create your own aphrodisiac fragrance in this hands-on workshop.


 
Introduction to Fresco Painting
(2-part course)
Saturdays, February 20 and 27, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms
Course fee $235 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 14 participants.



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.

 
Froth and Folly: Scent for 18th-Century French Nobility
Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Boardoom
Course fee $65 (includes materials and parking)



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.

 
Drawing Workshop: Darkened Realms
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios and Galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 24 participants



In the mid-19th century, French artists such as Rodolphe Bresdin, Maxime Lalanne, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat began to explore the expressive possibilities of monochrome image making. Utilizing simple material such as charcoal, black chalk, conté crayon, and ink, these artists were inspired by subjective imagery reflecting the inner experience of dreams and imagination. Join artist and educator Richard Houston in this daylong drawing workshop investigating the materials, techniques, and inspiration of these innovative artists. This course includes a tour of the exhibition Noir: the Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints.

 
Jewelry Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Studio and Galleries
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.

 
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Watercolor Workshop
Sunday, January 24, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Outer Peristyle
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)

Join artist Elmira Adamian for a daylong watercolor workshop focusing on landscapes in antiquity. Tour the exhibition Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi, and practice plein-air watercolor techniques in the Outer Peristyle gardens.


 
Silverpoint Workshop
Saturday, January 23, 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.






 
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.


 
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.


 
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.


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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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A Taste for Luxury
Thursday, February 25; repeats Friday,
February 26, 2016
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $95, parking complimentary

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Friday, February 26, 2016


Louis XIV, France's Sun King, was a preeminent tastemaker with an appetite for fine art and haute cuisine. Join chef and educator Robin Trento in a hands-on exploration of the elaborate culinary practices of the 17th century French court. Visit two spectacular exhibitions Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV and The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals and prepare a class meal fit for a king.


 
Dining in Ancient and Modern Greece
Thursday, January 14; repeats
Friday, January 15, 2016
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $95, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants

Discover the blending of the modern and ancient worlds with Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites in this hands-on workshop. Explore the culinary and artistic accomplishments of Greece through a tour of the exhibition, Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi, 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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Creative Compositions
Learn techniques for developing creative and dynamic compositions with artist Augustin Valencia.

Sunday, February 7 and 21, 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 Off-Grid
Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In January, discover how the grid method can be used to establish proportion, develop tone and enlarge a drawing with artist Marissa Magdalena. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads.

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

The Lively Portrait
Explore techniques for creating animated and expressive portraits with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, December 6 and 20, 2015
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Focus on Fashion
Learn to draw fabrics and textures while exploring 18th-century fashion with artist Marissa Mercado.

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

Gathers and Folds
Discover techniques for drawing dynamic drapery with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

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

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

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



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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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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

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

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Shape
Create drawings using geometric and organic shapes inspired by patterns and designs found on Greek vases. 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, January 23, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Drawing from Sculpture
Hone your observational drawing skills through careful study of the weight, texture, and scale of sculptures 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, December 19, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Architectural Landscapes
Inspired by the exhibition Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi, sketch in the galleries and from architectural elements 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, November 21, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Creative/Classical
Put your own spin on classical forms during this creative sketching session inspired by the Getty Villa's Inner Peristyle gardens and architecture as part of the Big Draw LA celebration. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free, drop-in program.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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