1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

1450 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica CA  90401

Phone: (310) 458-2239

1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Move, Groove and Get Crafty at the Camera Obscura Art Lab!

Visit us at http://smgov.net/camera or 1450 Ocean Ave at Broadway
Contact camera@smgov.net or 310-458-2239
Join our email list at http://smgov.net/artsignup
View a list of classes & register at http://smgov.net/reserve
Improve us at http://surveymonkey.com/s/33JZ8YB

Take the Train: Metro terminus at 4th St/Colorado, 4 blocks away. Upon exiting the station go west on Colorado to Ocean Ave, cross the street to the Pier and turn right. We're in the park just past Broadway.

Parking is under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica). On weekends at the Civic Auditorium lot at 1855 Main St it's $5 all day except during special events. Pier Deck: $10-15/day; Beach Lot 1N just north of the Pier $6-12/day. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: smgov.net/parking

Buses: metro.net & bigbluebus.com.

Biking to class is always encouraged (bring a lock); the Breeze Bike Share corral is just south of us in the park!

Registration (bring cash to cover material fees) In Person: Advance registration accepted at the Camera Obscura between 9am-5pm M-F & 11am-4pm Sat. Dropping in? Call 310-458-2239 to confirm availability, preferably by the Tuesday before class starts; plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class; many classes do not allow drop ins.

Refunds/Transfers: Full refunds given if class is cancelled before taking place. For any other reason, $15 processing fee for each multisession activity refunded; one-time classes & expended material fees are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail, fax (310-899-0840), or email to communityclasses@smgov.net within 24 hours of first class meeting. All class dates, times, locations, and instructors are subject to change.

The Camera Obscura Art Lab is a place to learn salsa moves, enhance your blogging skills, design a font, mix a perfume, fuse glass, solder a circuitboard or tile a mosaic table, among many other possibilities! It all happens at 1450 Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park, steps from the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. This midcentury building houses the iconic Camera Obscura mechanism and offers lovely views of the ocean as well as a multitude of activities, as well as access to great restaurants and easy parking around the corner in the public structures. You might even take a turn on the ferris wheel down on the boardwalk after a class! All arts, crafts and movement classes are for adults, at prices from free to three figures and ranging from two hour events to multiweek workshops.

1450 Ocean Ave sits on the former site of the North Beach Station of the Pacific Electric railway, now Palisades Park, between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. Philanthropist Marcellus L. Joslyn gifted the building in 1955 to the city of Santa Monica in memory of his wife. Designed by architect Weldon J. Fulton, it sports exterior walls clad in chunky Palos Verdes stone, glass walls, sloping roofs, and projecting canopies and rafter beams, to create a distinctively midcentury appearance. Fulton also created the swooping font spelling out “Camera Obscura” and camera on tripod logo on the front. Similar features are found at the Montana and Fairview branch libraries and at the Zucky’s building on Wilshire Blvd., also designed by Fulton. The Camera Obscura itself is quite a bit older – it was built by Robert F. Jones, nephew of Santa Monica city founder Senator John P. Jones, in 1898 and was moved up from the Beach.



Visit Palisades Park and get crafty...The Camera is a place to learn to tango, make a birdhouse, felt a cellphone cover, tile a mosaic table and more!

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Categories: Adult Education, Arts & Entertainment, Community Center, Education, Public Places & Attractions

Hours

Mon: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm



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Past Events

Kate Ingold and Brittany Ransom: New Works

Kate Ingold and Brittany Ransom: New Works
03:00 pm - 07/28/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Join us for the culminating exhibition of studio residents Kate Ingold and Brittany Ransom (4/25-8/1/18), showing new works in paper, fabric, plaster, plastic and...

Micro Imaging with Brittany Ransom

Micro Imaging with Brittany Ransom
01:30 pm - 07/21/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday July 21, 1:30-3:30pm Cost: Free Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239 Dive into the practice of microscopy and find hidden worlds with your...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 07/21/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 7/21, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Lensed Cyanotypes with Brittany & Melissa

Lensed Cyanotypes with Brittany & Melissa
01:30 pm - 07/14/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday July 14, 1:30-3:30pm Cost: $5 + $5 cash material fee Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239 PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A $5 MATERIAL...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 07/14/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 7/14, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Plaster Body Casting with Brittany Ransom

Plaster Body Casting with Brittany Ransom
01:30 pm - 07/07/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday July 7, 1:30-4pm Cost: $10 Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239 PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A $10 MATERIAL FEE TO BE PAID TO INSTRUCTOR...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 07/07/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 7/7, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Autonomous Drawing Robot with Brittany Ransom

Autonomous Drawing Robot with Brittany Ransom
01:30 pm - 06/30/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/30, 1:30pm - 3pm Cost: $5 Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Learn how to create a basic motor circuit to bring a simple toothbrush or wire sculpture...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 06/30/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/30, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Wearable Circuit Workshop with Brittany Ransom

Wearable Circuit Workshop with Brittany Ransom
02:00 pm - 06/28/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Thursday 6/28, 2 pm - 4 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Make custom wearable electronics using a basic LED light circuit. Using conductive...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 06/23/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/23, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Lensed Cyanotypes with Brittany & Melissa

Lensed Cyanotypes with Brittany & Melissa
02:00 pm - 06/19/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Tuesday, 6/19 2pm - 4pm Cost: $5+ $5 cash material fee due to instructor. Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A $5 MATERIAL...

LED Greeting Card with Brittany Ransom

LED Greeting Card with Brittany Ransom
01:30 pm - 06/16/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/16, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Cost: $5 Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Draw or paint a circuit to light up an LED using conductive ink. With just...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 06/16/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/16, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Wearable Circuit Workshop with Brittany Ransom

Wearable Circuit Workshop with Brittany Ransom
01:30 pm - 06/09/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/9, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Cost: $5 Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Make custom wearable electronics using a basic LED light circuit. Using conductive...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
02:00 pm - 06/05/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Tuesday 6/5, 2 pm - 4 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make collages...

Cultivating the Expressive Body with Jeremy Hahn

Cultivating the Expressive Body with Jeremy Hahn
12:00 pm - 06/03/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Sunday 6/3, 12-1:30 pm Cost: $10; register at the link above or call 310.458.2239. This body based practice utilizes an investigative process that draws upon meditation,...

Two-Part Moldmaking with Brittany Ransom

Two-Part Moldmaking with Brittany Ransom
01:30 pm - 06/02/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/2, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Cost: $10 + $10 cash material fee due to instructor. Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES...

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold

Image Collage Poetry with Kate Ingold
11:00 am - 06/02/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Saturday 6/2, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: Free! Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. Sit down with Camera Obscura Studio Artist in Residence Kate Ingold and make...

Plaster Body Casting with Brittany Ransom

Plaster Body Casting with Brittany Ransom
06:00 pm - 05/24/2018

At 1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura Santa Monica

Thursday 5/24, 6 pm - 8:30 pm Cost: $10 + $10 cash material fee due to instructor. Register at the link or call 310.458.2239. PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES...

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