New York Film Academy (NYFA) students visited the Getty Villa recently, and came away with some very positive experiences. As part of their studies in filmmaking, acting, and other visual and performing arts, NYFA students must take liberal arts courses in order to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts studies.
The students taking Art History this semester were able to take advantage of the unique cultural opportunities available to the Los Angeles region, including the Getty Villa on the Malibu coast.
The Getty Villa is a one-of-a-kind museum experience that launches students deep into the world of ancient Greece and Rome. After spending class time looking at the artwork and discussing the culture and history of ancient societies, the students were able to absorb the art they’ve been analyzing as closely as possible to its original context.
Here are some of the reactions NYFA’s Art History students had after their trip to the Getty Villa:
“It was really amazing that I can see in the Getty what I learned in the class about Greek & Roman art—it made me understand the lectures that we had in the class more.”
“I learned a lot of things, like about how the ancient people brought tributes to their gods and how they portrayed them on almost anything. The coins were something that shocked me—to see how they where handmade and it was so elaborate despite being so small. Also that art was something expensive and considered for upper classes and how you can even see that on the thumbs of the people.”
“It has changed and has showed me some things I would love to have in my house one day.”
“Seeing these works in person is really valuable for students—it made me understand and remember what we learned in the class.”