Artist Peter Zokosky leads participants at a past Getty Drawing Hour
The J. Paul Getty Museum offers a wide range of courses and demonstrations at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

Programs at the Getty Center focus on European art from the Middle Ages to today; programs at the Getty Villa explore the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

We offer a range of gallery courses, studio courses, culinary workshops, handling sessions and artist demonstrations and projects throughout the year.

Event Highlights


All upcoming courses and demonstrations are listed on our event calendar. Featured upcoming events:

At the Getty Center



Drawing Workshop: Andrea del Sarto and the Florentine Portrait

Saturday, August 29, 2015,
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios A & B

One of history's most accomplished draftsmen, Andrea del Sarto introduced a naturalism and immediacy unseen in Renaissance Florence. Discover del Sarto's work while learning to draw the human head with artist Richard Houston. Working from a live model and gallery objects, participants investigate proportions, form, value, and expression as well as del Sarto's underlying methods and creative process. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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At the Getty Villa



Handling Session: Gem Carving

Thursdays and Fridays through
August 14, 2015,
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Reading Room

What's the difference between an intaglio and a cameo? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient gem carvers. Discover how gemstones were shaped, polished, and carved with images to serve as personal seals, amulets, and ornaments. This is a free, drop-in program.

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