Artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of gilding at a past artist-at-work demonstration
Learn about historic and contemporary materials and techniques from practicing artists in these free drop-in programs.

Artist at Work
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Enjoy presentations of historical art-making techniques related to the Museum's collection and exhibitions. Meet artists, ask questions, and get close to the action. This is a free, drop-in program.

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The Olympic Pantheon
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2015
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Court

Witness a pageant of gods, goddesses, priests, and priestesses spanning the religions of the Greco-Roman world. The members of the Legion Six Historical Society will introduce the attributes and powers of the Olympian deities, including Aphrodite, Athena, Ares, Pluto, Vulcan, Hermes, Apollo, and Diana. This is a free, drop-in program.

Chris McCaw
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios

Using large format cameras, recycled optics, and vintage papers, photographer Chris McCaw explores and exploits the boundaries of analog photography. Meet the artist as he creates day-long exposures and see first hand the creative/destructive action of sunlight on paper. Complements the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography. This is a free, drop-in program.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Court

Silversmith and restorer Rick White discusses ancient and modern silversmithing hand tools and techniques related to the exhibition, Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville. Watch a simple demonstration of raising, forging, and decorative techniques. This is a free, drop-in program.

Ryan and Trevor Oakes
Thursday–Sunday, March 13–15, 2015
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Central Garden

Using a self-designed, concave easel, the Oakes Brothers explore and exploit principles of binocular vision to create spherically curved drawings in exact perspective without the aid of lenses or other devices. Meet the artists, learn about their revolutionary techniques, and see their artwork evolve. This is a free, drop-in program.

Pageant of Arms
Sunday, February 8, 2015
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Join the members of the Legion Six Historical Society for a pageant of arms and armor from the Greco-Roman empires, narrated by Minerva, goddess of war and wisdom. Armor, such as the Greek linothorax, the Roman muscle cuirass, and the dramatic cavalry sports panoply, is modeled and discussed in relation to artworks in the Museum's collection. This is a free, drop-in program.

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Artist Projects
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

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Elana Mann: Villa Murmurs
Saturday, October 11, 2014;
repeats Saturday, October 18
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Getty Villa, Herb Garden & Outer Peristyle

Los Angeles-based artist Elana Mann leads a participatory sonic engagement inspired by pioneering volcanologist Frank Alvord Perret, who invented "geophones" to listen to the earth's subterranean rumblings. Mann has designed contemporary listening devices to allow visitors to detect real and imagined murmurs of history in locations around the Getty Villa. What sounds will you hear? Open to 20 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

The Big Draw with Sumi Ink Club
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Entrance

Drop by, grab a brush, and join the Sumi Ink Club in the creation of a large scale, collaborative ink drawing as part of The Big Draw LA celebration. Founded by Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck, the Sumi Ink Club encourages participatory drawing projects for all ages and experience levels. This is a free program. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

Engaging Ensor:
Interactive Print Project

Friday and Saturday,
August 1 and 2, 2014
Noon–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Plaza Courtyard

Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), the San Francisco-based art collective, at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters in conjunction with the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. This is a free, drop-in program.

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Getty Artists Program
The Getty Center

The Getty Artists Program extends the education department's existing artist-based programs to include individual artist projects or residencies. Invitations are extended to artists who have shown a strong interest in education. One artist is selected each year and given the freedom to select an audience to work with, and to develop focus and format of their own project.

One goal of the program is to provide invited artists with the opportunity to undertake innovative projects in collaboration with the Museum's staff. The projects provide Museum staff and visitors with new insights and perspectives into the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Thus, our existing audiences have new opportunities for unique learning experiences, and the program has the potential to bring in new audiences. Learn more about this program.

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Barbara Kruger—Whose Values?, 2014

Barbara Kruger, the 2014 Getty Artists Program invitee, is internationally-renown for her large-scale and immersive image, text, and video installations that address provocative social, cultural, and political issues.

For her project, Whose Values?, Kruger joins forces with LAUSD Title I High Schools, specifically 11th and 12th graders from Grover Cleveland High School's Humanities Magnet and Academy of Art and Technology, as well as 12th graders from Chatsworth High School's Humanitas Academy of Education and Human Services. Working with Getty staff and educators from the participating schools, Kruger will engage in small and large-format discussions and activities supporting collaborative art and writing projects connected to core curricular themes of social justice, identity, race, gender and advocacy.

"The Getty Artists Program is an opportunity for me to encourage students to try to visualize, musicalize, and textualize their experience in the world," says Kruger. "I know that this creation of commentary can change lives, encourage ambition, and suggest the pleasure of learning."

The project kicks off in November when Kruger speaks to participating students at Grover Cleveland High School, and will continue in 2015 with a culminating event in the spring.

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Point of View: Artist Talks
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Point of View: Artist Talks feature Los Angeles-based artists and related specialists in an informal and intimate gallery-talk program, offering a unique perspective on the Getty collection and temporary exhibitions. Free; offered on selected Saturday afternoons.

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Silversmith Rick White
Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Silversmith and restorer Rick White leads a tour of the exhibition, Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, focusing on techniques and technical challenges faced by ancient silversmiths in Roman Gaul. Discussion will also explore the high level of craftsmanship of the silver luxury objects on view. Open to 25 participants. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Tour Meeting Place.

L.A. Odyssey Project: Peter Shire in Conversation with Mary Hart
Saturday, October 18, 2014
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

As part of the Library Foundation's monthlong celebration of Homer's Odyssey, L.A. artist Peter Shire joins curator Mary Hart for a conversation about ancient and contemporary storytelling through art. The tour features a presentation of Shire's recent interpretation of a Greek vase, which sets the tale of Odysseus in contemporary Los Angeles. In the galleries, explore the ancient Greek vases that inspired his new work. Sign-up begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.

Point of View: Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Join artist and writer Robert "Rio" Hahn in an exploration of photography as a tool for seeing. Hahn offers insights into the exhibition Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit and shares his unique perspective stemming from his apprenticeship with Minor White in the 1970s, when he lived, worked, and taught with his mentor. Hahn also introduces observation exercises from his forthcoming book based on techniques initiated by White. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Information Desk.

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