Semester Courses

Art & Aesthetics

Summer - Fall 2015 Courses

Matisse: In Color and Light
September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
1–4 pm or 6–9 pm    
Color was an organizing principle in Matisse’s art. “All I thought about was making my colors sing,” he said. Study the range of the artist’s works in the Barnes collection—the radiant Bonheur de vivre, the monumental Dance mural, and his enchanting final paintings on canvas. Through discussions of the formal elements of art, explore how Matisse worked and learn about his unprecedented artistic journey.
$900; members $810

Reserve Section 1 (1-4pm) or Section 2 (6-9pm) online or call 215.278.7200.


Ensembles - Third Year
September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm
Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes collection contains a diverse range of objects: paintings, furniture, metalwork, other decorative arts, and more. Albert Barnes arranged them into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Students deepen their understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.
$900; members $810 

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Informed Perception
Tuesdays, 9/1/15 – 12/15/15 (14 Sessions), no class 9/15/15 or 9/22/15  
12-3 pm
Instructor:  William Perthes
Having the galleries of the Barnes Foundation as your classroom is an experience you won't soon forget! Informed Perception introduces students to the concepts and application of the objective method of art analysis through direct engagement with the arts. This class meets for fourteen, three-hour sessions and provides highly motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves through a rigorous immersion in our objective approach to the arts. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students should expect a dynamic and rigorous learning experience including required readings, written assignments, and papers.
$750; members $675

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


The Traditions in Art
Tuesdays, 9/1/15 – 12/15/15 (14 Sessions), no class 9/15/15 or 9/22/15
6 pm-9 pm
Instructor:  William Perthes
The Traditions in Art is the second course in our core curriculum program and takes the knowledge and skills learned in the course Part I: Informed Perception and applies it to art as it has developed through history. The Traditions meets for fourteen, three-hour sessions. Students should expect a dynamic yet rigorous learning experience involving written assignments, papers, and required readings.  Completion of our Part I: Informed Perception course is helpful but not required.
This course is designed to be the second of three courses under the de Mazia Certificate Program.  Students who successfully complete Part I: Informed Perception, Part II: The Traditions in Art and one Part III: Seminar course, are eligible to earn the Certificate of Completion.
$750; members $675

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200

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