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Semester Courses

Art & Aesthetics

Winter-Spring 2015 Courses

Thesis Seminar
Tuesdays, January 27–May 5 (14 classes)
11 am–1 pm
Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
Use discussions and research to develop an original thesis and final paper on a topic related to the collection. Upon successful completion of the Thesis Seminar, students who have completed the other elements of the certificate sequence are eligible to receive their certificate and be recognized at the annual graduation ceremony.
$900; members $810
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


The Nude in Art: Artist, Model, and Sexuality
Tuesdays, January 27–May 5 (14 classes)
2–4 pm
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Artists have used the unclothed figure to represent knowledge vs. ignorance, morality vs. sin, beauty vs. vulgarity. Using the Barnes’s extensive collection of figure paintings, compare and contrast nudes by Cézanne, Courbet, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, Pascin, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec and discuss public reaction to nudes, the artist’s intentions, and the relationship between artist and model. Includes a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
$900; members $810
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


The Active Eye
Wednesdays, January 28–May 6 (14 classes)
Noon–2 pm
Instructor:  John Gatti, MFA
The artist’s active eye integrates observation of visual phenomena with a broader sensory awareness. Using paintings by De Chirico, Gauguin, Klee, Miró, and Rousseau, this course explores how artists’ thoughts, emotions, and sensations inform their art. Students in this course discover how artists think, see, and create, and activate their own visual, tactile, and olfactory senses in interactive exercises and projects.
$900; members $810
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

 

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