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All events take place at IAO’s home in Chinatown Los Angeles unless otherwise noted. Most of our classes and workshops are open to all levels of experience. A few important notes about our events:
– Please take a moment to review our cancellation policy before signing up for classes.
Members receive a 10% discount on most classes and events. If you are a member, email us for your discount code!
– To prepare for your visit, please visit our directions page for parking and transportation information.
– To view our past events: Click here.


ONGOING

RomanAromas_CalIAO x Getty Villa – Making Ancient Perfumes / Roman Aromas Installation
at Getty Villa, Malibu, in partnership with IAO
Both workshop and installation programs are free, advanced Getty Villa ticket required.
Extended through September
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SEPTEMBER

OdoramaThu., September 21 – Odorama: Animal Smell
at Mediamatic, Amsterdam
Smell is an important sense for every animal, but the intensity and the way they smell can differ. Did you know for example that flies can smell through their feet? Whether derived from feet (call it nature) or chemically constructed, odourant molecules have the ability to profoundly affect our behaviour, emotions and associations. At Odorama we’ll actively engage with our senses and explore everything that reaches the nose. During this edition, we explore the relation between animal and human smell with Saskia Wilson-Brown, Peter Roessingh, Wouter Halfwerk and Ludmila Rodrigues.
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: Students €5 / Pre-sale €7.50 / Door €10
> LEARN MORE HERE

 

Sandalwood_CalSat., September 30 – Four Hour Accords: Sandalwood
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Join independent perfumer and frequent IAO collaborator Ashley Eden Kessler as she leads us through the structure of the sandalwood accord, in the latest of her hands-on accord-building classes. Students will spend several hours training their noses in a thorough study of the molecular components of sandalwood, and the class will spend hands-on time building their own best accord.
Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $130.00 (materials included)
Notes: We cap this class at 10 people
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gettygreece_aphrodisiacsSat., September 30 – Aromas of the Ancient World
at Getty Villa
Perfume is an ancient art form going back 4,000 years. Join IAO’s Saskia Wilson-Brown for a historical introduction to the art of perfumery. Discover the history of perfume making, explore the materials used by ancient Greek and Romans, and create a custom fragrance in this hands-on workshop.
Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $65.00 (parking included)
> SIGN UP HERE – SOLD OUT

 

 


 

OCTOBER

 

BegOnly2Mon., October 2 – Beginners-Only Session
For first-timers only!
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Join Saskia Wilson-Brown for a special guided blending session for first-timers only, where you will learn how perfume works (and make your own blends) in a casual, friendly, social setting. Everyone leaves with a 4ml vial of their new scent, a formula, and a great understanding of the basics of perfumery.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Level: Beginners Only
Cost: $60 (materials included)
Notes: We cap this class at 12 people
> SIGN UP HERE – SOLD OUT

 

PAST_2017OPENSESSWed., October 4 – Open Session
Blend with (new) friends!
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Choose five materials and blend your own perfume formulas in a fun, informal, knowledge-share environment. The basics of perfumery, without pretension. Participants leave with their five materials and a small vial of their own scent.

Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $45.00 – First timers // $8.50 – Returning Students
Notes: Returning students are invited to come at 4pm. Don’t forget to bring your vials.
> SIGN UP HERE

 

4thworld_CalFri., October 6 – The Fourth World Opening
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Leonardo Bravo and Big City Forum present “The Fourth World” an exhibition that aims to explore and consider the perspectives of artists that question and challenge the idea of the Subject and of the very notion of an objective existence by exploring the role of the physical body, ritual, mythology, language, and the natural and cultural world.
Artists: Mercedes Dorame, Sonja Gerdes, Lindsay August-Salazar, Galia Linn, Karen Lofgren, Alison O’Daniel, Arden Surdam, Amanda Yates Garcia
This opening is generously supported by Fort Point Beer Company.
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
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Intensive_circleMon., October 9 – Four-Week Intermediate Blending and Evaluation Course
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Join Ashley Eden Kessler in an intermediate level blending and evaluation class, where experienced students will expand their technical capacities and understanding of perfume blending. Class meets for four Mondays in October: Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30.
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Level: Intermediate. Must have attended at least one 10 week materials class, or a minimum of three accord classes, or five open sessions.
Cost: $315.00 (materials included)
Notes: Limited to 10 people, meets Mon Oct. 9, Mon Oct. 16, Mon Oct. 23, Mon Oct. 30
> SIGN UP HERE

 

PAST_2017OPENSESSWed., October 11 – Open Session
Blend with (new) friends!
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Choose five materials and blend your own perfume formulas in a fun, informal, knowledge-share environment. The basics of perfumery, without pretension. Participants leave with their five materials and a small vial of their own scent.

Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $45.00 – First timers // $8.50 – Returning Students
Notes: Returning students are invited to come at 4pm. Don’t forget to bring your vials.
> SIGN UP HERE

 

4thworldFri., October 13 The Fourth World: Artists’ Talk
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Leonardo Bravo and Big City Forum present a discussion in support of the ongoing exhibition at the IAO: “The Fourth World”. With Mercedes Dorame, Sonja Gerdes, Lindsay August-Salazar, Galia Linn, Karen Lofgren, Alison O’Daniel, Arden Surdam, Amanda Yates Garcia.
This event is generously supported by Fort Point Beer Company.
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
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Unsettled_CalSat., October 14 – Unsettled: Artist Talk with Bruno Fazzolari
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Bruno Fazzolari will present and discuss ‘Unsettled’, his interdisciplinary work commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art. Join us to smell the perfume, and to discover the production process for this unique scent and its astounding bottle / sculpture. Fazzolari will also share his perspective on the practice of blending contemporary art and perfumery in a brief artist talk.
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free
Notes: Limited space, please sign up!
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naturalsSat., October 14 + Sun., Oct 15 Naturals Only Intensive with Jessica Hannah
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Learn the art of formulating with natural essences and discover best practices to utilize when blending. Jessica Hannah leads a class on perfume structures, plant origins, and the historical context of materials. Students will learn by blending and re-blending formulas, while increasing olfactory recognition.
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday + Sunday
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $365.00 (materials included)
Notes: Limited to 12 sign ups.
> SIGN UP HERE

 

PAST_2017OPENSESSWed., October 18 – Open Session
Blend with (new) friends!
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Choose five materials and blend your own perfume formulas in a fun, informal, knowledge-share environment. The basics of perfumery, without pretension. Participants leave with their five materials and a small vial of their own scent.

Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $45.00 – First timers // $8.50 – Returning Students
Notes: Returning students are invited to come at 4pm. Don’t forget to bring your vials.
> SIGN UP HERE

 

NMHUMon., October 23 – Workshop / Talk at NMHU
at New Mexico Highlands University
IAO founder Saskia Wilson-Brown presents a private workshop for NMHU students, followed by a public talk for the larger Las Vegas N.M. community. Join us for an informative look at working with scent as a creative practice chock-full of real world examples, best practices for exhibiting scent in the public sphere, and to smell some new and exciting aromatic materials.
Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm – Student workshop // 6:00 to 7:00pm – Public talk
Notes: Workshop is limited to NMHU students only. Public talk is… well… Public.
> MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

 

ambergris_calSat., October 28 + Sun., Oct 29 – Amber + Ambergris Accords
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Join independent perfumer and IAO collaborator Ashley Eden Kessler for a weekend of deep learning. Explore the wonderful field of perfumery in this highly-detailed technical two day perfume-blending intensive – with a focus on amber and ambergris.
Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm, Saturday + Sunday
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $350.00 (materials included)
Notes: Limited to 10 sign ups.
> SIGN UP HERE

 

 


 

NOVEMBER

 

BegOnly2Thu., November 2 – First-timers Only Blending Session
For first-timers only!
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Join Saskia Wilson-Brown for a special guided blending session for first-timers only, where you will learn how perfume works (and make your own blends) in a casual, friendly, social setting. Everyone leaves with a 4ml vial of their new scent, a formula, and a great understanding of the basics of perfumery.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Level: Beginners Only
Cost: $60 (materials included)
Notes: We cap this class at 12 people
SIGN UP HERE