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Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean

   Your Community Art Practice Space

The Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean is a hive of activity, where adults of all ages can roll up their sleeves and dive into hands-on crafts, art, and cultural programs. Artist Residency programs bring local artists to the Camera to practice their craft and share their work with participants. 

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Timothy Kitz's Watercolor class 
Enameling on Silver with Sharon Kaplan
Sewing at the Repair Cafe

Studio Residency

January 9 - April 17, 2019

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Max King Cap
Final Presentation: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3-6pm -  RSVP

Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has also been seen in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and numerous other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. He earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap is a writer and educator with two decades of collegiate classroom and management experience. He is an experienced academic professional with exceptional writing and public speaking skills, and has supervised projects in collegiate, municipal, and business environments. At the Camera, he is working digitally created text BROADSIDES, his EXONERATED painting series, and a play titled 59 INCHES.



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DaEun Jung still from Invitation, photo by Ella Gabrial
Jung in a Janggu dance

DaEun Jung

Final Presentation: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3-6pm -  RSVP

DaEun Jung is a dance maker, dancer, and dance teacher. Rooted in her Korean dance/cultural background, DaEun’s work reveals her past and present body memories, and redefines the principles and movement vocabulary of Korean folk dance in inter/multi-cultural settings. Her works have been presented at art and community venues including Electric Lodge, Highways, REDCAT and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. DaEun has been awarded artist-in-residencies from Dance Resource Center at KYCC Menlo Center, Show Box LA at We Live in Space, and Los Angeles Performance Practice at Automata. She has also worked as a guest choreographer at Santa Monica College. She received an MFA in Dance from the UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department and the Westfield Emerging Artist Award. DaEun has worked with Victoria Marks (LA), Milka Djordjevich (LA), Ros Warby (Australia), Wilfried Souly (Burkina Faso), Jeanine Durning (New York), Shahar Biniamini (Israel), Melinda Ring (New York), and Won Kim (France). At the Camera, she is developing an 'Earthian Folk Dance,' based on the concept of a group dance that reconciles folk, social, and virtuosic dance forms for all inhabitants of our planet. 

The Camera Obscura Studio Artist Residency program connects the public with artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Artists-in-residence share their work with the public informally and through workshops and master classes. If you're an artist interested in receiving alerts about this program and other opportunities with the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division, join the Artist Opportunity email list.
Current Calls For Proposals

Free Craft Lounge - featuring Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion

Every 2nd Saturday, 11am - 2pm
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Have a project you've been meaning to finish? Need help getting it done? Drop by the Free Craft Lounge every 2nd Saturday, where everyone's welcome to bring a craft project and work in the company of others... with an ocean view. Sewing machines, supplies, and other tools are available for use. Swap your expertise with others. 

Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion distributes knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes. Every month brings a new repurposing project; follow the calendar for updates or bring your own sewing project to work on.

About the Art Lab and Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura mechanism is free to visit and open M-F 9am - 3pm & Saturday 11am - 4pm. 

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Vintage Camera Obscura  

Step inside the Camera Obscura Art Lab and you'll find a welcoming space with fantastic views of Santa Monica Bay and the Pier. The building,a midcentury time capsule, is located in  in Palisades Park between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd on what was once the site of the Pacific Electric Railway's North Beach Station. Designed by noted architect Weldon J. Fulton (who's work can be found around town including the classic Camera Obscura sign and font, the Montana and Fairview branch libraries, and the former Zucky's building on Wilshire Blvd), the building's exterior features walls clad in chunky Palos Verdes stone, glass walls, sloping roofs, and projecting canopies and rafter beams. It was donated to the City of Santa Monica by Marcellus Joslyn in 1955.

Attached to the Art Lab you can step into the body of a camera - Santa Monica's vintage Camera Obscura is a little like an analog 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.


Contact Us

  • Email:
  • Phone: 310-458-2239
  • In Person: Drop by 1450 Ocean Ave, just north of the Pier entrance and Broadway
  • View and Register for classes here.
  • Join our email list to receive updates every 2-4 weeks. 
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Getting Here

Note that we are just north of Broadway, as is Parking Structure 6... those pesky GPS devices can sometimes get confused!

Train: Expo 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 Palisades Park just past Broadway.

Parking (info: 

Bus: check Big Blue Bus and Metro.

Bike: Ride your bike (bring a lock) or utilize the Breeze Bike Share corral just south of us in the park.

Class Registration & The Fine Print

There are several convenient ways to sign up for a class at the Camera:   

  • OnlineCreate an account to make a payment by credit card 

  • In Person: Stop by to pre-register for a class. We are open Monday - Friday 9am-3pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. 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 any materials fee (class fees are payable by cash/check/credit card.) 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 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

Enrollment questions? Call the Community Classes Office at 310-458-2239 or email


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Camera Obscura Art Lab
1450 Ocean Ave.
Palisades Park
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Ph: 310.458.2239 

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