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

Studio Courses
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Hands-on studio activities guided by practicing artists focus on contemporary and historic materials and techniques related to art on view at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Programs range from introductory to master classes offered in both single and multisession format.

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Trompe l'oeil Painting Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 24 participants.



In ancient Rome, faux painting was used to capture the distinctive and varied patterns of marble as exterior and interior frescoes. Join artist Elmira Adamian for a daylong workshop to learn trompe l'oeil ("trick the eye") painting techniques that imitate the appearance of polished marble. Tour the galleries of the Getty Villa and return to the studio for painting exercises.


 
Silverpoint Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios and galleries
Course fee $125 (includes parking)



Renaissance artists used silver wire to create delicate underdrawings in panel paintings as well as fine, finished drawings. Join artist Sylvana Barrett in this daylong drawing workshop and explore the materials and techniques used in silverpoint. Learn how to prepare the drawing surface, draw with silver wire, and heighten drawings with handmade white paint.




 
Clay Statuettes Workshop
Sunday, May 15, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)



Terracotta figurines were produced throughout Greece and were especially popular in the central region of Boeotia. Boeotian artisans especially preferred female figures, either mortal women or goddesses. The figurines were frequently left as dedications to the divinities in religious sanctuaries. Join artist Elmira Adamian for a tour of the small terracotta figurines at the Getty Villa, then create and decorate a statuette using self-hardening clay.

China as Center: Journeys of Power and Belief
Saturday, June 4, 2016
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $35 (includes parking)



 
Explore the many historical links between Europe and China, from Silk Roads to the porcelain trade, and from Buddhist monasteries to regal courts with curator Bryan C. Keene and educators Christine Spier and Andrew Westover, in this course complementing the exhibitions Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts and Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road.


 
Introduction to Fresco Painting, 2-part course
Sunday, June 5 and 12, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and galleries
Course fee $235 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)



Join fresco master iLia Anossov for a hands-on introduction to the art of painting on fresh plaster. The two-day workshop explores plaster preparation, cartoon-making and transfer methods, raw pigments, and painting techniques through lecture, demonstration, and studio practice. Each participant completes a buon fresco tile.

 
The Inspired Landscape
Sunday, July 24, 2016
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum studios
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)



Discover the beauty and power of the Romantic landscape in this daylong workshop with artist Richard Houston. Participants will use both watercolor and dry media to investigate the technical and stylistic innovations inspired by French artist Theodore Rousseau and the Romantic movement of the 19th century. The day culminates with a plein air session in the Getty's Central Garden. Complements the exhibition Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau.

 
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Drawing Workshop: Darkened Realms
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Studios and Galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 24 participants

In the mid-19th century, French artists such as Rodolphe Bresdin, Maxime Lalanne, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat began to explore the expressive possibilities of monochrome image making. Utilizing simple material such as charcoal, black chalk, conté crayon, and ink, these artists were inspired by subjective imagery reflecting the inner experience of dreams and imagination. Join artist and educator Richard Houston in this daylong drawing workshop investigating the materials, techniques, and inspiration of these innovative artists. This course includes a tour of the exhibition Noir: the Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints.

 
Head Sculpting Workshop
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 24 participants.

Join artist Peter Zokosky for a daylong intensive sculpture workshop on modeling the head from live models. Tour the Villa's galleries to explore Greco-Roman sculpted portraits, then return to the studio for exercises focusing on correct proportion and modeling facial features. Each participant will take home a sculpted head in oil-based clay.


 
Jewelry Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Studio and Galleries
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, and parking)
Open to 16 participants

Join designer and artist Deborah Wright for a hands-on introduction to the art of fashioning metal into jewelry. Explore fabrication, tools, and contemporary techniques in the light of methods employed by artisans of antiquity. Participants are introduced to piercing and decorative techniques–such as wire-wrapping and stamping. Tour the galleries, then return to the studio for demonstrations and hands-on practice. Each student completes a chain linked bracelet with semi-precious cut gems.

 
Froth and Folly: Scent for 18th-Century French Nobility
Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Boardoom
Course fee $65 (includes materials and parking)

Which scents wafted through the air at the Palace of Versailles? Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to perfumery. Explore the materials used to create potpourri, fragrance waters, and perfume oils in France during the 18th century; view related objects from the decorative arts collection; and create your own historic fragrance in this hands-on workshop.

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Culinary Workshops
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa


Chefs, educators, and wine experts lead classes and hands-on cooking workshops providing a unique entree to the Museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions. All experience levels welcome.

 
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Across the Roman Empire
Thursday, May 12; repeats
Friday, May 13, 2016
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $95, parking complimentary



Join educator and chef Nancy DeLucia Real for a culinary exploration of the ancient Roman provinces. Tour the exhibition Roman Mosaics Across the Empire, then prepare a class meal inspired by historic ingredients from ancient Syria, Tunisia (Carthage), France (Gaul), and Rome.

 
Biting the Big Apple
Thursday, June 2; repeats Friday,
June 13, 2016
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
Course fee $95, parking complimentary
Tickets available May 3, 2016

Travel back to the New York art scene of the 70's and 80's. Hear stories from Studio 54, The Factory and Max's Kansas City; then tour the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium with Maite Gomez-Rejon of Artbites before preparing food and drink inspired by Vogue food writer Maxime de la Falaise and the musicians, artists and fashion icons of the day.

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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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Depicting Depth
Explore ways to divide space and compose pictorial elements to create dynamic compositions with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, May 1 and 15, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Nature Journaling
Discover the art of nature journaling with botanical artist Deborah Shaw. Learn the value of nature journaling, what to look for, and how to draw leaves and flowers.

Sunday, June 5 and 19, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Central Garden, Getty Center

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Perspective
Discover drawing techniques for creating perspective with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, April 3 and 17, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

The Art of Darkness
Explore the expressive power of light and shadow with artist Kaitlynn Redell, Complements the Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints exhibition.

Sunday, March 6 and 20, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Creative Compositions
Learn techniques for developing creative and dynamic compositions with artist Augustin Valencia.

Sunday, February 7 and 21, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Drawing Off-Grid
Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In January, discover how the grid method can be used to establish proportion, develop tone and enlarge a drawing with artist Marissa Magdalena. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads.

Sunday, January 3 and 17, 2016
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center



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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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Plein Air
Find inspiration from nature through sketching in the gardens of the Getty Villa. 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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Drawing by Seeing
Practice blind contour drawing techniques to hone your skills of observation. 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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

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Pattern, Repetition & Rhythm
Discover and draw flowing, alternating, and repetitive pattern and movement in the antiquities of the Getty Villa. 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.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Form
Learn shading techniques to achieve the illusion of three-dimensional form while drawing sculptures from observation. 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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Line
Explore artifacts in the galleries, then sketch a line drawing inspired by the linear motifs of the Geometric period in Greek art. 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.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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