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Barnsdall Art Center Offers Classes & Wine Tastings Atop Olive Hill


There’s a wonderful enclave atop an olive hill in Hollywood – the Barnsdall Art Center – where both adults and children can take first-class art classes and develop or refine their artistic skills. A great way to build a portfolio, or try your hand at a new art medium, the Barnsdall Art Center Summer Session runs from Monday, July 15 – Saturday, August 24, 2013.

1947 photograph of Barnsdall on "Olive Hill"  between Sunset and Hollywood.
1947 photograph of Barnsdall on “Olive Hill” between Sunset and Hollywood.

For adults, there are classes in a wide range of art forms including printmaking, ceramics, drawing and painting, metal and chainmail, jewelry making, loom weaving and photography.  Courses are offered Monday through Saturday in morning, afternoon and evening classes. See the full Barnsdall Summer Class schedule for offerings and schedules. The classes are very reasonably priced,  under $100 for six weeks of instruction with students providing their own materials.

For kids, there are a slew of classes for all ages, see the full Junior Arts Center schedule to find a spot for your youngster.

photo credit: colorado art studio via photopin cc
photo credit: colorado art studio via photopin cc


Registration for classes began this past Saturday June 29th, and will continue Monday – Friday, July 1 – 3 (closed July 4 for holiday) and July 5-12 from 9am – 6pm. The last day to register will be Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 9am – 5pm.

Offered by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, Barnsdall is a world of it’s own – a hillside retreat  near Vermont and Sunset, and only minutes from the greater Hancock Park area. In addition to offering classes and a museum onsite, the hill at Barnsdall also hosts one of LA’s iconic architectural treasures, the Hollyhock House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son Lloyd Wright, and bequeathed to the City by resident radicalista Aline Barnsdall.

Every Friday evening in the summer, you can also roam the grounds and enjoy the sunsets of Barnsdall  Art Park while tasting artisanal wines in the Summer Wine Tastings  adjacent to the Hollyhock House property.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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