The Getty Villa
Educator Sabina Miller facilitates a handling session.

Ever wonder what it would be like to take a museum object out of its case for a closer look? Try the next best thing! Join an educator on select days at the Getty Villa and handle replica objects along with the materials and tools that ancient artists used to create the works of art on display in the galleries.

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Mosaics

Date: Sundays and Thursdays, April through August 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.–noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were mosaics created from tiny pieces of stone and glass? Learn how these intricate architectural decorations were made in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials used by ancient mosaicists, including tesserae, slaked lime, marble dust, and nippers. Complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This is a free, drop-in program.

VIDEO: Learn about the Getty Conservation Institute's conservation of mosaics in Roman North Africa.


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Fresco Painting

Date: Sundays and Thursdays, September 2013 through March 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.–noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were ancient frescoes painted into wet plaster? Learn about the oldest-known painting medium in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials used by ancient wall painters, including plaster, marble dust, sand, pigments, and trowels. This is a free, drop-in program.


 

Marble Carving

Date: Sundays, April through August 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.–noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were blocks of rough stone carved into sensuous sculptures? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials used by ancient sculptors, including chisels, points, and rasps. Discover also how marble sculptures were once painted in brilliant colors. Complements the exhibition Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome. This is a free, drop-in program.

VIDEO: Watch a sculptor demonstrate traditional marble carving tools and techniques.

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The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.