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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.
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NOVEMBER CLASSES AND EVENTS

_Cal_LucaTalk_WaterlooWed. November 22 – Bridges Lecture: Luca Turin + Saskia Wilson-Brown
at St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo Canada
What, exactly, is fragrance? How might we disscuss and theorize the sense of smell? Luca Turin and Saskia Wilson-Brown confront these surpringly thorny questions and argue that fragrance is an autonomous art which must be dealt with on its own terms, a message in a bottle. As Igor Stravinsky said of music, fragrance may be “by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all”.
Time: 7:30 pm
Notes: This talk is free, with registration
> REGISTER HERE

 

PAST_2017OPENSESSWed., November 29 – 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
Instructor: TBD
Notes: Returning students are invited to come at 4pm. Don’t forget to bring your vials.
> SIGN UP HERE

 

 


 

DECEMBER CLASSES AND EVENTS

 

OudSat., December 2 – Four-Hour Accords: Oud
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Any perfume-lover worth their salt has a healthy respect for the beautiful, complex and sometimes downright weird smell of oud (agarwood). Join us as Ashley Eden Kessler unlocks the components of the oud accord in a hands-on blending class.
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $150 (materials included)
Instructor: Ashley Eden Kessler
Notes: We cap this class at 10 people
> SIGN UP HERE

 

Persephenie_SmokeSat., December 9 – Aromatic Smoking Blends
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
In this class you’ll learn about traditional smoking materials, the different types of tobacco, and how to process and blend them. We’ll experience, burn and discuss various blends while exploring the properties and folklore around these potent and often mystical herbs. Students will make and take home approximately twenty herbal cigarettes.
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $125.00
Instructor: Persephenie
Notes: Inhalation not required. ;)
> SIGN UP HERE

 

MAKINGBODYTHINK_MiguelSat., December 9 ‘Making the Body Think’ Opening
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
The IAO hosts an exhibiton curated by Miguel Matos, asking 9 perfumers to respond to the text: “The invisible line of a smell that is maddening”. Featuring scent works by Anatole Lebreton, Antoine Lie, Antonio Alessandria, Antonio Gardoni, Fulvio Misitano, Lucas Gracia, Oliver Valverde, Pissara Umavijani, Sven Pritzkoleit, with sound installation by Ondina Pires.
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Notes: This is a public opening
> MORE INFORMATION

 

1sttimers_CalIconTue., December 12 – Beginners-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)
Instructor: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Notes: We cap this class at 12 people
SIGN UP HERE

 

Leather_CalSat., December 16 – Four-Hour Accords: Leather
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
The crinkle and creak of it rubbing against your skin, and the deeply sexy smell… What else could it be but fantastic, fetishistic leather? Join Ashley Eden Kessler as she leads us through the accord structure of the sexy and slightly animalic smell of leather, in the latest of her hands-on accord-building classes. Adults only. (Not really)
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $145 (materials included)
Instructor: Ashley Eden Kessler
Notes: We cap this class at 10 people
SIGN UP HERE

MORE DECEMBER EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED.

 


JANUARY CLASSES AND EVENTS

Ash11weeksession_Cal_IconTue., January 9 – 11-Week Materials Course: Module 2
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Join us for module two of our eleven weekly sessions exploring the crucial materials in the perfumers’ organ: An indispensable first step in practicing perfumery and an opportunity to grow a technical familiarity with the materials. Module 3 starts in Spring, 2018.
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Level: All levels of experience are welcome
Cost: $495 (including take-home vials of covered materials)
Instructor: Ashley Eden Kessler
Notes: We cap this class at 10 people
> SIGN UP HERE

 

MORE JANUARY EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED.