Programs: Calendar

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Learning to See

Instructor:  Christine Stoughton, Ph.D.
Have you ever wondered what you should look for when viewing a work of art and what the artist is trying to communicate? This introductory course will help you answer these questions and many more. Held in the galleries of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the class will focus on selected works of American art that are part of PAFA’s permanent collection and other art objects at PMA that support the concepts being taught.  The skills you will learn apply to all of the visual arts, as well as daily life.  You will never see art the same way again.

 

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7/28/15 – 8/13/15 (6 Sessions)
10 am - 12 pm Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts/ Philadelphia Museum of Art $175

Registration is through Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at https://www.pafa.org/courses/learning-see
or by calling 215-972-7632 or e-mailing continuinged@pafa.edu

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Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section I)

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.

Mondays August 31, 2015-May 9, 2016 (28 classes)
6-8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Informed Perception

Part I: Informed Perception

Instructor: William Perthes
Having the galleries of the Barnes Foundation as your classroom is an experience you won't soon forget! Informed Perception introduces the concepts and application of the objective method of art analysis through direct engagement. This class provides highly motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves through 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.

Tuesdays, September 1–December 15; no class September 15 and 22 (14 classes)
Noon–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $750; members $675

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Henri Matisse, Still Life With Gourds

Matisse: In Color and Light

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
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.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
1–4 pm or 6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

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

Ensembles

Ensembles - Third Year

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.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Traditions

Traditions

Instructor: Linda Robinson, M.Ed, or Molly Walker, MA

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.

September 1, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
1–3 pm or 6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online for the 1-3 pm class or the 6-8 pm class or call 215.278.7200.

The Tradions in Art

Part II: Traditions in Art

Instructor: William Perthes
An overview of art as it has developed through history. Includes required readings and written assignments. Completion of Part I: Informed Perception 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: Traditions in Art and one Part III: Seminar course are eligible to earn the Certificate of Completion.

Tuesdays, September 1–December 15; no class September 15 and 22 (14 classes)
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $750; members $675

Register online or call 215.278.7200

Introduction to Visual Literacy

Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section II)

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.

September 2, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.