Courses and Demonstrations

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  • Artist at Work: Manuscript Illumination

    Sundays through January 18, 2015
    1 pm - 3 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the traditional materials and techniques used to create the fine gold gilding and painted images found in illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Complements the exhibition Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages.

    1:00–2:00 p.m.: Pigments and gilding
    2:00–3:00 p.m.: Medieval painting techniques

  • Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Drapery

    Sunday January 4, 2015
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    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 techniques for drawing dynamic drapery with artist Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Art Circles

    Saturday January 10, 2015
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a sandwich voucher and parking). Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Drapery

    Sunday January 18, 2015
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In January, discover techniques for drawing dynamic drapery with artist Kaitlynn Redell. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Master Class: Gilding for Illuminators

    Friday January 23, 2015
    10:30 am - 5 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    This two-session intensive workshop on the art of gilding explores recipes and techniques for complex, raised gilding from period treatises and delves into the preparation of historic solutions including gum ammoniac and garlic, glair, parchment, and fish glues. Led by Sylvana Barrett, artist and historian of medieval techniques, this workshop is recommended for artists, illuminators, calligraphers, and those with previous gilding experience. Open to 12 participants. Course fee $235 (includes basic materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Value

    Sunday February 1, 2015February 1 - February 15, 2015
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In February, learn how to create realistic drawings through the use of value and the study of light logic. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Art Circles

    Saturday February 7, 2015
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a sandwich voucher and parking). Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Value

    Sunday February 15, 2015February 15 - February 15, 2015
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In February, learn how to create realistic drawings through the use of value and the study of light logic. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Landscape

    Sunday March 1, 2015
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In March, explore ways to divide space and compose pictorial elements to create dynamic landscape drawings with artist Peter Zokosky. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

  • Art Circles

    Saturday March 14, 2015
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a sandwich voucher and parking). Meet at the Information Desk for course introduction. Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Landscape

    Sunday March 15, 2015
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Center

    Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. In March, explore ways to divide space and compose pictorial elements to create dynamic landscape drawings with artist Peter Zokosky. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk.

The Getty Villa

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Admission is free. An advanced timed-entry ticket is required.

  • Handling Session: Greek Vases

    Sundays through May 10, 2015
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    How were Greek vases made? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient potters and painters, ranging from riverbed clays to mouse-whisker brushes. Discover the hidden techniques used to shape and decorate these ancient painted vessels in the black-figure and red-figure styles. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Culinary Workshop: Southern Italian Culinary Traditions

    Thursday January 8, 2015
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

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  • Handling Session: Greek Vases

    Thursdays through May 7, 2015
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    How were Greek vases made? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient potters and painters, ranging from riverbed clays to mouse-whisker brushes. Discover the hidden techniques used to shape and decorate these ancient painted vessels in the black-figure and red-figure styles. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Culinary Workshop: Southern Italian Culinary Traditions

    Friday January 9, 2015
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking.

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  • Pen and Ink Wash Workshop

    Sunday January 11, 2015
    1 pm - 4:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 24 participants. Course fee $45 (includes materials). Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from Antiquity: Archaic Body

    Saturday January 17, 2015
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Draw from an Archaic kouros in the Villa collection and learn about the system of proportion used to create this male figure sculpture. 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.

  • Stories for the Roman Dead

    Saturday January 24, 2015
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Roman stone sarcophagi (meaning "flesh-eaters" in ancient Greek) were coffins decorated with elaborate narratives of daily life and myth. Explore Roman burial customs and imagery with educator Eric Bruehl to compare funerary stories that still make sense today with others that reveal how different the Romans really were. Then tour the galleries to examine funerary reliefs. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

    Stories for the Greek Dead follows on April 12, 2015.

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  • Aphrodisiacs: Aromas of Desire

    Saturday February 7, 2015
    1 pm - 5 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Open to 24 participants. Course fee $65 (includes materials). Complimentary parking.

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  • Artist at Work: Pageant of Arms

    Sunday February 8, 2015
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Join the members of the Legion Six Historical Society for a pageant of arms and armor from the Greco-Roman empires, narrated by Minerva, goddess of war and wisdom. Armor, such as the Greek linothorax, the Roman muscle cuirass, and the dramatic cavalry sports panoply, is modeled and discussed in relation to artworks in the Museum's collection. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Artist at Work: Pageant of Arms

    Sunday February 8, 2015
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    Join the members of the Legion Six Historical Society for a pageant of arms and armor from the Greco-Roman empires, narrated by Minerva, goddess of war and wisdom. Armor, such as the Greek linothorax, the Roman muscle cuirass, and the dramatic cavalry sports panoply, is modeled and discussed in relation to artworks in the Museum's collection. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Drawing from Antiquity: Contrapposto

    Saturday February 14, 2015
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Draw from figure sculptures in contrapposto (Italian for "counter pose")—a relaxed and balanced pose that lent naturalism to depictions of the human body. 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.

  • Love Stories in Greece and Rome

    Saturday February 14, 2015
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Celebrate Valentine's Day with a visit to the beautiful Getty Villa to explore love in antiquity with educator Shelby Brown. Learn to famous love stories and explore the romantic moments artists chose to depict. Take tips from divine seducers and contemplate the powers of love charms. End with a tour of love imagery in the galleries. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

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  • Head Sculpting Workshop

    Sunday March 8, 2015
    10 am - 4:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    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. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Drawing from Antiquity: Drawing Hands

    Saturday March 14, 2015
    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Museum Galleries, Getty Villa
    Learn the basics of drawing hands by closely observing the anatomical details of figure sculptures. Learn about the symbolism of hands, their relationship to the body, and their role in composition. 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.

  • Pets and Prey: Animals in Greco-Roman Antiquity

    Saturday March 21, 2015
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Explore the Greeks' and Romans' relationship with animals, from beloved domestic pets to exotic predators and prey, with educator Shelby Brown. Learn about the many animal disguises assumed by gods in their pursuit of mortal women. Then tour the Museum to discover how animals were immortalized in varied media in both funerary and domestic art. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 15.

  • Panel Portrait Workshop

    Sunday March 22, 2015
    10 am - 4:30 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a workshop exploring portrait painting on panel. Learn about the mummy portraits of Roman Egypt's Fayum region, where painters achieved realism in their depictions of women, men, and children. Studio exercises include study of the anatomy of the human face, mixing tempera paint from raw pigment, and painting on wooden panels. Open to 24 participants. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Stories for the Greek Dead

    Sunday April 12, 2015
    1 pm - 4 pm
    Meeting Rooms, Getty Villa
    Delve into Greek and related South Italian tales of dramatic death and examine myths considered appropriate for the dead with educator Eric Bruehl. Tour the Museum collection and the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy to learn how artists approach scenes of death and to view the narratives decorating spectacular funerary urns. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

    Tickets on sale beginning February 15.

  • Handling Session: Gem Carving

    Thursdays May 14 - June 25, 2015
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    What's the difference between an intaglio and a cameo? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient gem carvers. Discover how gemstones were shaped, polished, and carved with images to serve as personal seals, amulets, and ornaments. This is a free, drop-in program.

  • Handling Session: Gem Carving

    Thursdays May 17 - June 28, 2015
    11 am - 12 pm
    Reading Room, Getty Villa
    What's the difference between an intaglio and a cameo? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient gem carvers. Discover how gemstones were shaped, polished, and carved with images to serve as personal seals, amulets, and ornaments. This is a free, drop-in program.

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