The camera obscura has been in residence in the current building, designed by Weldon J. Fulton, since 1955. The adjoining space was once used as a senior center and is now a community art center.
The Camera Obscura Art Lab hosts six artists-in-residence annually, and offers workshops with a changing roster of residents and teaching artists. You can learn dance moves, polish your writing, sew a seam, check out artists at work and find a creative community.
It all happens at 1450 Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park, steps from the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. This midcentury building houses the iconic Camera Obscura mechanism with a 360 view of the beach and surrounding, just down the street from the Arizona Ave Farmers Market (Wednesdays & Saturdays) and easy parking around the corner in the public structures. You might even take a turn on the ferris wheel down on the boardwalk after a class, or check out beautiful Tongva Park nearby. All arts, crafts and movement classes are for adults, at prices from free to three figures and ranging from two hour events to multiweek workshops.