Make & Move at Palisades Park
Hands-on and participatory crafts, art, and cultural programs have a new home in Palisades Park. Located next to the iconic Camera Obscura, 1450 Ocean is a hive of activity where adults of all ages can roll up their sleeves and learn to make a mosaic tabletop, paint a landscape, knit a market bag, practice salsa moves, learn to take better photos and much more. There's always something new to experience and learn at 1450 Ocean!
About 1450 Ocean & the Camera Obscura
1450 Ocean is located in Palisades Park between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. Designed by noted architect Weldon J. Fulton, the building's exterior features walls clad in chunky Palos Verdes stone, glass walls, sloping roofs, and projecting canopies and rafter beams, creating a distinctly midcentury appearance. (Fulton's work can be found around town, including the classic Camera Obscura sign and font, the Montana and Fairview branch libraries, and the Zucky's building on Wilshire Blvd.) The building was donated to the City of Santa Monica in 1955 by Marcellus Joslyn in memory of his wife. Step inside and you'll find a welcoming space with fantastic views of Santa Monica Bay and Santa Monica Pier. The building sits on what was once the site of the Pacific Electric Railway's North Beach station.
The vintage Camera Obscura is kind of like a very early webcam, with a periscope and a white screen in a darkened room. Mirrors reflect images from 360 degrees, with the image guided by an old-timey captains wheel. Originally located on the beach, the Camera Obscura was built in 1898 by Robert F. Jones, nephew of Santa Monica city founder Senator John P. Jones.
Can I visit the Camera Obscura?
Yes! The Camera Obscura is free to visit and open M-F 9 am-3 pm and Saturday 11 am-4 pm. Check-in at 1450 Ocean with an ID to borrow the key.
Parking & Transportation
1450 Ocean does not have it's own parking lot, but there's plenty of parking nearby:
Rates and hours may vary. Please check ParkMe's convenient map for the most up-to-date information.
1450 Ocean is served by Big Blue Bus Lines 1, 7, Rapid 7, and Rapid 10. Visit bigbluebus.com for information.
Carpooling & Biking to class is always encouraged!
||The Groove - dancing at sunset with Deanne Dawson
Class Registration & The Fine Print
There are several convenient ways to sign up for a class at 1450:
Online: Create an account to make a payment by credit card
In Person: Stop by 1450 Ocean to pre-register for a class. 1450 Ocean is open Monday - Friday 9 am-5 pm and Saturday 11 am-4 pm. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Proof of Santa Monica residency may be required for discounts where applicable.
By Mail: Send your completed registration form to Community Classes Registration, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Drop-ins: Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. Call 310-458-2239 by the Tuesday before to see if space is available. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the class starts with cash to pay for the class and materials fee. Note: Some classes do not proceed without a minimum enrollment and some reach capacity. Call ahead to let us know you're coming and how to get in touch with you if there are any changes. Programs are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
- Refunds/Transfers: For multi-session classes, refunds/transfers will be issued only if requested within 1 business day after the 1st class meets. A $15.00 processing fee applies for each activity session refunded. Material fees are nonrefundable. All single-session classes are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please bring cash to cover material fees on the first day of class.
Other questions? Call the Community Classes Office at 310-458-2239 or email email@example.com.