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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Froth and Folly: Scents for 18th Century French Nobility
Sunday, December 7, 2014
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios
Course fee $65 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 25 participants



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 and create your own historic fragrance in this hands-on workshop.

 
Pen and Ink Wash Workshop
Sunday, January 11, 2015
1–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $45 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 24 participants



Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for a tour and observational drawing exercises in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Return to the studio to continue your drawings with pen and ink wash.

 
Aphrodisiacs: Aromas of Desire
Saturday, February 7, 2015
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $65 (includes materials and parking)
Open to 24 participants



Fragrances and perfumes have been known to awaken desires since antiquity. Join Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Art and Olfaction for a historical introduction to the art of perfumery. Explore the natural materials used to create fragrance waters and perfume oils in ancient Greece and Rome, then create your own aphrodisiac fragrance in this hands-on workshop.

 
Head Sculpting Workshop
Sunday, March 8, 2015
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. Open to 24 participants.

 
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Jewelry Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 2014;
repeats Saturday, November 15
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Studio
Course fee $125 (includes materials, lunch, 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 forging, shaping, piercing, decorative techniques—such as wire-wrapping and stamping—through a gallery tour, demonstration, and studio practice. Each student completes a pair of pierced hoop earrings.

 
Introduction to Fresco Painting
(2-part course)

Sunday, October 19, 2014;
Sunday, October 26
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Studio
Course fee $235 (includes lunch, materials, and parking)

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

 
Sculpting Workshop: Rubens and the Dramatic Figure
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios A & B
Course fee $125 (includes lunch, materials, and parking)
Open to 22 participants

Peter Paul Rubens was a key artist of the Baroque period, an era whose art evokes drama and sensuality. Join artist Christopher Slatoff in this daylong sculpting workshop exploring the dynamic and expressive qualities of the human figure. Participants tour the exhibitions Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist and Drawing in the Age of Rubens for inspiration, and create a 16-inch sculpture in clay from a live model.

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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.

Culinary Workshop
 
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Feasts and Opulence in Roman Gaul
Thursday, December 4; repeats Friday, December 5, 2014
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary



Join museum educator and chef Nancy DeLucia Real to explore the art, culture and religion of Roman Gaul (modern-day France) in a hands-on historical cooking class. Participants view lavish silver artifacts in the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, visit the Herb Garden, then prepare recipes inspired by Gallo-Romanic cuisine and ancient opulence.

 
Southern Italian Culinary Traditions
Thursday, January 8; repeats Friday, January 9, 2015
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries
Course fee $85, parking complimentary
Open to 20 participants.
Tickets available December 1, 2014.

Join Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites for an exploration of the ancient and modern culinary traditions of Southern Italy. Learn about the myths and customs related to death and the afterlife through a tour of the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Prepare and enjoy a class meal inspired by historical recipes.

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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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Drawing Heads
Explore the art of drawing the human head while learning basic anatomy, proportions, and placement of key features with artist Peter Zokosky.

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

Gathers and Folds: The Art of Drapery
Discover techniques for drawing dynamic drapery with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

Sunday, January 4 and 11, 2015, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

Light and Shadows: The Art of Value
Learn how to create realistic drawings through the use of value and the study of light logic.

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

Space and Composition: The Art of Landscapes
Explore ways divide space, compose pictorial elements and create depth to create dynamic landscape drawings with artist Peter Zokosky.

Sunday, March 1, 15, and April 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

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Drawing Babies
Discover the unique challenges and solutions to rendering babies with artist Marissa Magdelena.

Sunday, November 2 and 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Galleries

Drawing Hands
Explore the art of drawing hands using gesture drawing, simple forms and angle citing with artist Kaitlynn Redell, part of The Big Draw LA celebration.

Sunday, October 5 and 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: 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, one-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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Take a Closer Look
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises focusing on small objects and artwork details in the Villa galleries. 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, November 22, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Contour Drawing
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises in the Villa galleries focusing on the contours (or outlines) of ancient sculptures. 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, December 20, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

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Drawing en Plein Air
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises en plein air in the Villa's Outer Peristyle gardens as part of the Big Draw LA celebration. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free, drop-in program. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle



Light and Shadow
Create dynamic compositions of light and shadow by sketching from ancient sculptures in the galleries. 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, September 20, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Depicting Drapery
Learn how to create the illusion of draped and gathered fabric by sketching from ancient sculptures in the galleries. 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, August 30, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries


Plein Air Drawing with Watercolor Pencils
Since ancient times, artists have taken inspiration from nature. In this drawing workshop, sketch in the Outer Peristyle and experiment with watercolor pencils and wet brushes. 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, July 19, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

See all upcoming courses and demonstrations on our event calendar.

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