Short Courses

Art Classes

Spring-fall 2016 short courses

Category I: THE BARNES METHOD
Courses derived from the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, focusing on visual confrontation with the object and formal analysis.


The Painted Garden
Tuesdays, May 17–June 7 (4 classes)

10 am–noon
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD
Explore the intersection of art and horticulture, discussing the way painters interpret landscapes in terms of color and how gardeners design landscapes using artistic skills. Workshop takes place at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia with visits to the Barnes Arboretum and Chanticleer Garden to understand the art of landscape design.
$330; members $297

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Decoding Barnes's Ensembles (2-day)

Monday and Tuesday, June 13–14 (2 classes)

10 am–4 pm
Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics
Dr. Barnes’s ensembles disrupt traditional historical and geographic boundaries to focus on the commonalities between fine art and everyday objects. Learn about Barnes’s theory of arranging works according to the principles of light, line, color, and space.
$300; members $270

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Decoding Barnes's Ensembles (1-day)
Tuesday, July 12

10 am–4 pm
Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics
Dr. Barnes’s ensembles disrupt traditional historical and geographic boundaries to focus on the commonalities between fine art and everyday objects. Learn about Barnes’s theory of arranging works according to the principles of light, line, color, and space.
$250; members $225

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Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Monday–Wednesday, August 8–10 (3 classes)
10 am–4 pm
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Picasso famously said that Paul Cézannne “was like the father of us all.” What was it about Cézannne’s painting that inspired contemporaries like Monet and Bonnard, and continues to influence painters today? Analyze Cézanne’s work and draw comparisons with Matisse, Picasso, Braque, and Modigliani.
$300; members $270

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Seeing Through a Prism of “Isms”

Tuesdays, October 18–November 22 (6 classes)
Noon–2 pm
Instructors: Marilyn Bauman, MA, and David Nolan, AFA
Confused by the multiple “-isms” in art history? This course lays out the evolution of artistic styles from impressionism and pointillism to cubism and expressionism. Learn how artists in each movement responded to those before them through close examination of Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
$250; members $225

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Category II: UNDERSTANDING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Learn from conservators and practicing artists the physical aspects of how art is made.


The Decisions Artists Make
Thursdays, July 7–July 21 (3 classes)
10 am–1 pm
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD
The way we perceive art is largely controlled by the artist. Artists intentionally direct the viewer’s gaze, convey a narrative or message, and influence emotional response through the compositional decisions they make. Learn how artists use color, light, line, size, texture, and space to communicate their vision and enhance our appreciation of the art.
Held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118–128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
$150

Register by June 24, online or at 215.972.7632.


Materials and Methods of Metalworking

Tuesdays, September 6–27 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Margaret Little, Barnes senior conservator of objects
How were the metal objects at the Barnes Foundation made? Learn about the nature of the material and the fabrication of the metalwork on the walls, the sculptures on pedestals, and the andirons on the floor.
$200; members $180

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The Creative Process

Wednesdays, September 14–October 5 (4 classes)
10 am–noon      
Peter Paone, artist
Philadelphia-born artist Peter Paone, whose paintings, prints, and drawings have been featured in national and international exhibitions, discusses his creative process and explains the techniques behind various pieces.  
$200; members $180

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The Fauve Palette

Tuesdays, October 25–November 15 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Al Gury, chair of painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
In lectures, collection visits, and instructor demonstrations, learn how color theories and painting practices intersected during the fauve movement, especially in the work of Henri Matisse and his American follower Alfred Maurer.
$200; members $180

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Category III: ART IN CONTEXT
Connect works of art to history: what was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time the piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?


A Sense of Sight
Monday and Tuesday, June 6–7 (2 classes)

10 am–4 pm
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
This artist-led workshop is an opportunity to explore emblematic works in the Barnes collection and gain insight into artists’ intentions, motivations, and processes. The workshop incorporates historical and biographical information, but the focus is on careful observation in the galleries.
$300; members $270

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Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Homosexuality, and American Modernism

Mondays, September 19–October 17 (4 classes; no class Oct. 3)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Thom Collins, Barnes executive director and president
Members of the circle of artists around photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, friends Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley were significant contributors to the first wave of American modernism. Widely regarded for their compelling formal experimentation, they have been little credited for their efforts to make visible the emergent homosexual subculture of the interwar period. This course explores their art—including important examples from the Barnes collection—and careers against the backdrop of gay and lesbian history and visual culture.
$200; members $180

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Matisse, Fauvism to the Forties 

Tuesdays, October 18–November 8 (4 classes)
11 am–1 pm
Instructor: Camran Mani, PhD candidate in Art History, Harvard University
Matisse’s paintings often look like straightforward expanses of pure, flat color, but the impression of simplicity is deceptive: he used a great variety of means to achieve his effects. Develop a nuanced understanding of Matisse’s methods and ideas across several decades, discussing how his practice developed over time in relation to aesthetic, social, and political concerns of his day. Fans of Matisse, enemies, and students at all levels of experience with modern art are welcome.
$200; members $180

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Paul Cézanne in Context

Tuesdays, November 8–November 29 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: André Dombrowski, associate professor of art history, University of Pennsylvania
Look carefully at Cézanne’s oeuvre as represented in the Barnes collection, with two goals: to understand Cézanne’s pictorial choices in the historical context of the nineteenth century, and to study how writers, philosophers, and art historians—Rilke, Merleau-Ponty, Roger Fry, Albert Barnes, and more recently, T. J. Clark—have used Cézanne to write the histories of modernism since the turn of the last century.
$200; members $180

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Mystery and Exoticism in Rousseau

Mondays, November 28–December 19 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Martha Lucy, Barnes deputy director for education & public programs and curator
Henri Rousseau was a French government employee who taught himself to paint and eventually devoted himself to scenes of dense jungles filled with mysterious creatures. Look closely at several of these pictures, connecting them to France’s rise as a colonial power and to a nineteenth-century fascination with so-called primitive cultures.
$200; members $180

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