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: The Intoxicating Art of Impressionism
Wednesday, January 8; repeats Friday, January 10, 2020
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Tickets $75 (includes appetizers); ages 21 and over
Complimentary parking

French café and bar culture inspired discourse, drinking, and the subject matter for many Impressionist works of art. Join Maite Gomez-Rejon (Artbites) in an exploration of the multilayered history of Édouard Manet's late-19th-century Paris. Then, raise a glass to Manet and discover four fabulous champagnes curated by Ian Blackburn (wineLA) at the wine tasting to follow in the Getty Restaurant (includes hearty appetizers). Complements the exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty.

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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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Artistic Anatomy
Learn to draw the human figure while exploring key elements of human anatomy and proportion with artist Peter Zokosky. Complements the exhibition Michelangelo Drawings.

Sunday, March 1 and 15, 2020
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Drawing Babies: Putti, Cherubs, and Cupids
Discover the unique challenges and solutions to rendering babies with artist Marissa Magdalena.

Sunday, April 5 and 19, 2020
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Drawing Hands
Explore the art of drawing expressive hands using gesture drawing simple forms and angle sighting with artist Kaitlynn Redell. Complements the exhibition Michelangelo: Mind of a Master.

Sunday, May 3 and 17, 2020
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Exploration, Improvisation, and Resolution
Explore drawing as a creative act involving improvisation, exploration, and selective resolution with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, June 7 and 21, 2020
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

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Sketching from Sculpture
Explore techniques for translating sculptures into dynamic drawings while working from the Getty collection with artist Felix Xiao-Yun Wang.

Sunday, February 2 and 16, 2020
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

The Art of Darkness
Discover the expressive power of light and shadow to create dramatic and evocative drawings with artist Kaitlynn Redell. Complements the exhibition True Grit: 20th Century American Prints.

Sunday, January 5 and 19, 2020
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Drawing Flowers
Discover the art of drawing flowers with botanical artist Debora Shaw and explore basic flower structure, gesture, and shading to create a unique floral portrait.

Sunday, December 1 and 15, 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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Carved Narrative: Sculpture in Relief
Many stories from the ancient world come to us in the form of beautiful stone or clay relief sculptures. In this workshop, learn about the stories, materials, and techniques behind these works, and then craft a small clay relief of your own. Complements the exhibition Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Mythical Creatures
Explore the Villa's galleries learning about the composite, magical creatures of the ancient world. Then draw from sculptures and other objects showcasing these mythical beasts. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Horses in Ancient Art
Because horses were expensive to own, they often signaled elite status in the ancient world. Explore artworks that depict horses in war and peace and learn how to draw these magnificent ancient power symbols. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.

Saturday, May 9, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Garden Landscape Painting
In this workshop, find shade in one of the Villa's three beautiful gardens. Sit back, relax, and use watercolors to paint from natural surroundings. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.

Saturday, June 27, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

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Two Figure Compositions
Lovers looking longingly into each other's eyes, a tragic mother and son, a victorious and a defeated boxer. During this workshop, examine artworks that depict powerful compositions of people in pairs. Select a scene that inspires you and draw from it using black and white pencils on toned paper.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Beautiful Folds: Sculpted Drapery
The depiction of fabric in ancient sculpture can create movement, enhance the human body, and even identify a figure. In this workshop, explore the Villa's galleries looking closely at different types of fabric folds in marble and bronze, then draw a sculpture that inspires you.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Villa Galleries

Mummy Portraits
Discover some surprisingly familiar-looking faces among the surviving images of Greco-Roman Egyptians. After looking closely at the Villa's collection of colorful mummy portraits, learn the different ways they were painted in antiquity and create your own artwork using tempera paints.

Saturday, December 14, 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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