1450 Ocean

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! 

Plein Air Drawing Enameling on Silver Sewing at Repair Cafe
Plein Air Drawing with Gary Geraths
Enameling on Silver with Sharon Kaplan
Sewing at the Repair Cafe

In the Studio

Through December we are featuring our printmaking laboratory in the Studio, Sundays from 2-6pm.

And of Note:

Watercolor Easel
Watercolor is here! Try out this very portable medium with the help of experts on December 5, 2015, at our Watercolor Open House (11am-2pm.) 
Followed by our Watercolor Journey classes with Timothy Kitz, starting December and February. 
Watercolor programs are made possible by Blick Art Materials
Blick Homepage Coupon

The 1450 Ocean Studio Artist Residency was created to introduce the public to artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Residents share their work with the public both informally and through workshops and master classes. To join the Artist Opportunity list and get occasional alerts about Residencies and other project and proposal calls for artists through the City of Santa Monica, please sign up here. If there is a current call for proposals, is will be posted here.

Free Craft Lounge

Every 2nd Saturday, 11am - 2pm

Have a project you've been meaning to finish? Need help getting it done? Drop by the Free Craft Lounge at 1450 Ocean where everyone's welcome to bring a craft project and work on it in the company of others... with an ocean view. Sewing machines, supplies, and other tools are available for use. Swap your expertise with others. Local artists and crafters often drop by to lead mini-workshops. Park at Structure 6 on 2nd street, right around the corner - free for the first 1.5 hours!

1450 Exterior

Vintage Camera Obscura

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.

 Contact Us

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, 2, 8, and Rapid 10. Visit bigbluebus.com for information. 

Carpooling & Biking to class is always encouraged!

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  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:   

  • OnlineCreate 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 MailSend 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: Full refunds are given if class is cancelled before taking place - enroll online with confidence. For student withdrawals, there is $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.
     Requests must be made in person, by mail, or email to communityclasses@smgov.net.

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 communityclasses@smgov.net.




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