1450 Ocean

1450 Ocean - the Camera Obscura Building

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1450 Ocean new front

Instructors Angharad Caceres, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and Sew Cranky explain on City TV

Our vintage Camera Obscura logo marks the spot!

Visit Palisades Park and get crafty!

Learn to make a mosaic tabletop, paint a landscape, knit a market bag, practice your salsa moves, take a better photo and much more! 1450 Ocean is a place for reflection and inquiry, presenting ongoing workshops, seminars and other participatory arts, crafts and culture programs for all adults. The midcentury park building houses the iconic Camera Obscura and features lovely views of the Santa Monica Pier and the Santa Monica Bay.  

What can I do at 1450 Ocean? Take a look at our Current Flyer. Or browse our  Facebook events page, which offers photos and interactivity.

Also note: Every second Saturday from 11am-2pm we host a FREE "project lounge" where all are welcome to bring craft projects to work on in company. Sewing machines, glue, yarn, paper and other tools and materials available for use. Bring something you've been meaning to finish...and swap your expertise with others... Sometimes we'll invite local artists and crafters to lead a mini workshop. We look forward to seeing you! 


Contact communityclasses@smgov.net or 310-458-2239
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Visit us at 1450 Ocean Ave. just north of the Pier entrance and Broadway
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Parking and Transport: Parking is $1 for first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), each 30 min. thereafter $1.50, max $14. At 120 Broadway, flat $5 after 4pm and weekends. At the Civic Auditorium lot, 333 Civic Center Dr; $5 all day, every day. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 2 hours, free after 6pm. More info: parkme.com/santa-monica-parking. Buses that serve 1450 Ocean include Routes 1, 7 and Rapid 7, 10. Visit bigbluebus.com for more information. Carpooling & Biking to class is always encouraged!

Vintage Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura 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. This "DIY webcam" for the 19th century consists of a periscope and a white screen in a darkened room. Mirrors can reflect images from 360 degrees, and the mechanism is navigable by an old-timey captains wheel. Always free to visit, hours are M-F 9am-3pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. Check in with an ID to borrow the key.

Patio South  North Patio  Patio
 Groove1  Groove2  Groove3
 North Lawn Enameling  Main 1

Top Row: Beginning Ukulele with Jon Lee; Wet-felting with Sara Smelt; Polymer Clay with Angharad Caceres, in the Patio;
Middle row: TheGroove at sunset with Deanne Dawson in the Annex.
Bottom row: Plein Air Drawing on the North Lawn with Gary Geraths; Enameling on Silver with Sharon Kaplan; Sewing at the Repair Cafe in the Main Room.

More about 1450 Ocean

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.  

More info on Class Registration

*Please bring cash to cover any material fees on the first day of class.  

Online: just create an account to make a payment by credit card 

In Person: Advance registrations accepted Monday - Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm at 1450 Ocean and accept cash, check or credit card. Show proof of Santa Monica residency for discounts where applicable.

By Mail: If you know what class you want, you can also fill out a  registration form and mail it to us at: Community Classes Registration, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica CA 90401 

Drop-ins: Call (310) 458-2239 by the Tuesday before to see if there is availability. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class with cash to cover both the class and material fee. Some classes do not proceed without a minimum enrollment, and some reach capacity, so it's always good to call ahead and 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 all multisession classes, refunds/transfers will be issued only if requested within one business day after the first class meeting. A $15.00 processing fee applies for each activity session refunded. Any material fees are nonrefundable. All single-session classes are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail or email to communityclasses@smgov.net.

For other questions, please contact Community Classes at (310) 458-2239 or email communityclasses@smgov.net.

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