Gallery teachers lead discussion with participants at a past gallery course
Unique gallery courses explore the fascinating world of art and ideas found in the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Participants have the opportunity for close encounters with art through lecture and guided discussion.

Courses are designed for adults and taught by educators, curators, and scholars. Registration and tickets are required for all courses.

Art Circles
The Getty Center


 
Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a food voucher and parking). Meet at the Museum Information Desk for course introduction.

Learn more about this program on our blog, The Iris.

Next in the series
A Masterpiece to Be Explored

Saturday, January 10, 2015
6:00–8:00 p.m.



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Exhibition-Related Courses
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Explore in depth the work of a featured artist or a stylistic movement related to a current exhibition. An educator presents an illustrated lecture, culminating with the guided viewing and discussion of art in the exhibition galleries.

 
Recently in the series
The Getty Villa
Lifestyles of the Rich and Roman

Sunday, December 7, 2014
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and
Museum galleries

Travel back 2,000 years with educator Shelby Brown to appreciate the self-indulgent practices, delicate arts, and elaborate architecture of wealthy Romans. Our models are the Getty Villa itself, a copy of an elite Roman mansion, objects from the Villa's collection, and the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville.



Orpheus Playing the Lyre
 
The Getty Villa
The Art of Byzantium: Origins and Influence

Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa
Villa Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries

Sunday, May 18, 2014 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center
GRI Lecture Hall and Museum galleries

Share curators' perspectives on two special exhibitions of Byzantine art. Join curator Mary Hart at the Getty Villa to explore the Greco-Roman roots of spectacular Byzantine objects on loan from Greece. Then, at the Getty Center, discover with curator Elizabeth Morrison how Byzantine manuscripts inspired diverse cultural traditions from Europe to Ethiopia. Complements the exhibitions Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections at the Getty Villa and East Meets West: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads at the Getty Center. Course fee $35 per session (includes refreshments); sign up for one or both. Complimentary parking.

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Experiencing the Getty Center
The Getty Center


Novice and seasoned museumgoers are invited to fully experience works of art in the Museum's collection. Educators direct discussion and the study of select masterpieces. Each course includes up to four thematically linked sessions, which take place once a month, usually on a Saturday morning. Attend a single class or the whole series.

 
Recently in the series
The Anatomy of Greatness: Michelangelo's Sculptures

Saturday, September 21, 2013
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Dr. Robert Klapper, chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, is a surgeon and sculptor who travels to Carrara, Italy, every summer to work on the same type of stone Michelangelo used to carve the masterpieces David and the Pietà. Join Dr. Klapper and art historian Robin Trento in this lecture and gallery tour exploring the ways in which Michelangelo and others use human anatomy to depict emotion. Course fee $35 (includes parking).

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Experiencing the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa


Enjoy an afternoon at the Getty Villa exploring the antiquities collection, gardens, and ancient architecture. Course fee varies.


 
Next in the series
Stories for the Roman Dead

Saturday, January 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and
Museum galleries



Roman stone sarcophagi ("flesh-eaters" in ancient Greek) were coffins decorated with elaborate narratives of daily life and myth. Explore Roman burial customs and imagery with educator Eric Bruehl to compare funerary stories that still make sense today with others that reveal how different the Romans really were. Then tour the galleries to examine funerary reliefs.

Mummy of Herakleides
 
Recently in the series
Pursuing Love and Dodging Death: Art, Poetry, Magic
Sending cards and flowers to commemorate love and death is a modern practice - but passion and grief are ageless! Explore with educator Amber Wells some fascinating ways the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians influenced desire, punished rivals, and confronted dying. Investigate images, poetry, and magic, then tour the collection (and mummy). Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Villa Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries

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