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July 19–October 23, 2011 at the Getty Center



Stories Stranger than Fiction, Pictures Larger than Life
Julian Brooks, associate curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, investigates some of the stories and characters behind British watercolor in the 1800s. Brooks focuses on artists who pushed the boundaries of watercolor and drawing, including J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Girtin, Edward Lear, D. G. Rossetti, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Sunday, July 31, 2011 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Studio Course

Watercolor Workshop
Join artist Richard Houston in this daylong workshop exploring the techniques and traditions of watercolor. Working in the studio and from the Getty's landscape, students explore watercolor materials, paint application, color mixing, light effects, and composition through a series of discussions and exercises.

Course fee $130 (includes materials). Open to 25 participants.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Repeats October 5.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
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Curator's Gallery Talks

Julian Brooks, associate curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Thursday, August 11, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Gallery Course

Experiencing the Getty Collection: The Union of Art & Science
This three-part gallery course investigates scientific principles at work in artistic practices from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Join educator William Zaluski and a special guest educator for each session to examine, reflect on, and discuss works of art. Course fee $15 per session. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 35 participants.

* Part 1: September 10, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: New Materials and Techniques in Painting
Part 2: October 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: From Molten to Mass and Beyond
Part 3: November 19, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Instruments of Seeing
* Complements the exhibition Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings

GRI Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
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Portrait of Elizabeth Siddal Resting, Holding a Parasol

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Watercolor
Drop by as artist Richard Houston demonstrates the materials and techniques used in watercolor painting with an emphasis on motifs and innovations developed by British artists in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Sundays, September 4–September 25, 2011, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios


Saturday Nights at the Getty: Dark Blushing
Presented in collaboration with the Write Now Poetry Society, Dark Blushing is an evening of poetry, music, and art. Some of the brightest stars in contemporary poetry present new work inspired by the exhibition Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings. Their performances are interwoven with celebrity readings of the 18th- and 19th- century greats and lush live music.

Free, reservations required.
Reservations available beginning Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium