A participant practices Renaissance painting techniques at a past course
Enjoy instruction in a variety of media related to the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Designed for all levels of expertise (unless otherwise specified), courses and culinary programs are taught by artists, educators, and related professionals. Registration is required for all courses.

Culinary Programs
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Chefs, food historians, wine connoisseurs and other experts provide a unique entrée to the Museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions through an exciting array of culinary themed talks and tastings.

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Drinking in the Past: Wine and Astrology from the Middle Ages to Today
Saturday, June 1; repeats
Sunday, June 2, 2019
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Tickets $65 (includes appetizers);
ages 21 and over.
Complimentary parking



Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, the movements of the moon, sun, stars, and planets were believed to affect physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Join curator Bryan C. Keene and sommelier Mark Mark Keene in savoring the relationship between the history of wine and astrology in this tasting program that pairs biodynamically produced wines with medieval horoscopes. Wine tasting enjoyed on the outdoor terrace follows the talk. Complements the exhibition The Wondrous Cosmos in Medieval Manuscripts.

 
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The Taste of Temptation: Aphrodisiacs in the Renaissance
Sunday, January 27, 2019
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Getty Restaurant
Tickets $55 or $65 with hypocras/mead pairing (21 and over for pairing option)
Complimentary parking

Chefs in the Renaissance era were fascinated by ingredients that could arouse the libido, heighten pleasure and lead eventually to conception. In this talk food historian and author Ken Albala will unravel the logic of Renaissance aphrodisiacs, delving into herbal lore, nutritional theory, and folk medicine. (He will also explore why not being turned-on by food was an equally important topic!). Following the talk, indulge in food and drink inspired by historical recipes (and filled with amorous ingredients) at the Getty Restaurant. Complements The Renaissance Nude exhibition.

About Ken Albala
Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and has authored or edited 25 books on food including Eating Right in the Renaissance, Food in Early Modern Europe, Cooking in Europe 1250-1650, The Banquet, Beans (winner 2008 IACP Jane Grigson Award), Pancake, Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food, Nuts: A Global History and, most recently, Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession. Albala is currently working on a history of aphrodisiacs and a book about walking with wine.

He has served as editor for A Cultural History of Food: The Renaissance, the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, and was series editor of Rowman and Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy for which wrote Three World Cuisines (winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards best foreign cuisine book in the world for 2012).

He has also co-authored two cookbooks: The Lost Art of Real Cooking and The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home. His course Food: A Cultural Culinary History is available on DVD from the Great Courses and for free as a podcast.

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Drawing From the Masters
The Getty Center


Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. Guest artists provide general guidance. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. Sign-up begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk. This is a free program.

 
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Capturing Animals
Discover techniques for drawing animals while learning the basics of animal structure and anatomy with artist Peter Zokosky. Then draw animals of your own – real or imagined! Complements the exhibition Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Middle Ages.

Sunday, June 2 and 16, 2019
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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Getting Perspective
Discover basic principles of linear perspective and create drawings inspired by the Getty Center's collection and architecture with artist Marissa Magdalena.

Sunday, May 5 and 19, 2019
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Positive and Negative Space
Explore how artists compose pictures, design forms, and communicate emotions through the use of positive and negative space with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

Sunday, April 7, 2019
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Mannerism and Exaggeration
Elongated forms and dramatic compositions characterized the Mannerist style of the late Renaissance. Explore the emotive potential of exaggeration through guided drawing lessons combined with recent discoveries from the emerging field of neuroaesthetics with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, March 3 and 17, 2019
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Positive and Negative Space
Explore how artists compose pictures, design forms, and communicate emotions through the use of positive and negative space with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

Sunday, February 3 and 17, 2019
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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Drawing from Antiquity
The Getty Villa


Artists have long looked to classical antiquity for inspiration. Drawing from ancient works of art and architecture was a regular part of studio practice since the 15th century. Sketchbooks in hand, some artists even traveled to Italy and Greece to explore the surviving monuments of classical culture in situ.

Discover this historical tradition at the Getty Villa in this free, 1.5 hour program. Artist and educator Elmira Adamian guides an informal lesson as you sketch from works of art, architecture, and the gardens of the Villa. Experiment with various historical drawing materials in the gallery and studio.

Supplies are provided and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. Open to 25 participants.

Drawing in the Outer Peristyle garden
 
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Drawing Flowering Plants
The colors and smells of flowering plants provide beauty and inspiration, and ancient Romans surrounded themselves with lovely flowers just as we do today. Find your creativity in the gardens of the Getty Villa and draw a variety of blooms using watercolor pencils.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Drawing Water
The gardens of the Getty Villa feature an array of fountains, pools, and simple bubbling basins. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the many sounds of running water, and learn special techniques to draw the refreshing water feature of your choice.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

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Drawing Hands
In ancient art, hand gestures often signaled a person's emotions and intentions, and divinities were usually identifiable by symbols held in their hands. Explore the galleries to discover meaning behind hands depicted in sculpture and vase painting, then analyze curves, planes, and joints and practice drawing hands as shapes and forms.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

The Cycle of Death and Rebirth: Seasons in Ancient Greece
In ancient Greece, the cycle of death and rebirth was linked with the agricultural seasons and the regeneration of vegetation. Artworks in the Museum's collection depict personifications of the Four Seasons and important deities related to cyclical change. In this workshop, practice drawing gods and goddesses associated with death and rebirth.

Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Dynamic Line: Statue of a Crouching Venus
A favorite artwork of J. Paul Getty's, the larger-than-life Crouching Venus kneels in a dramatic pose popular in ancient times. The bathing goddess turns her head toward her little son Cupid as she reaches her arm in the other direction. Her balanced, twisting body provides an excellent model for drawing movement with expressive, dynamic lines.

Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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