Year-Long Courses

Art Classes

The Certificate sequence is derived from the Barnes Foundation's original curriculum for the study of art and aesthetics. Instructors for these courses, many of whom are practicing artists, employ a combination of looking and discussion in the Foundation's galleries and classrooms. Participants will gain a greater appreciation for the works of art and the creative process. Students who enroll in courses will become members of the Barnes Alumni Association.

Introduction to Visual Literacy
August 31, 2015 (Start of year-long course)   

Section I: Mondays August 31, 2015-May 9, 2016, 6-8pm (28 classes)
Section II: Wednesdays September 2, 2015-May 4, 2016, Noon–2 pm (28 classes)

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
This engaging course is part of the original curriculum of the Barnes Foundation. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, students explore the entire collection as they learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing the elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning.
$1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online for Section 1 or Section 2 or call 215.278.7200.

September 1, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
1–3 pm 
Instructor: Linda Robinson, M.Ed.
Study the evolution of art in the Barnes collection. Discover how artists learned from and developed creative responses to their predecessors, explore the influence of old masters like Michelangelo and Rembrandt on artists as diverse as Matisse and Renoir, and learn how 20th-century innovations like cubism, fauvism, and abstract expressionism were inspired by the impressionists and post-impressionists.
$1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online for the 1-3 pm class or call 215.278.7200.




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