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Afternoon with an Ensemble: Room 14

On-Site / Barnes Method

Wednesday, September 25, 2 – 4pm


Ensemble view, Room 14, north wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

About the Class

Pull up a chair for this one-session workshop held in the Barnes collection as we focus our attention on a single “ensemble.” Ensembles are the unconventional wall displays designed by Albert C. Barnes in which paintings, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, and textiles are placed side by side in unexpected and surprising ways. Together, we will examine the north wall of Room 14, decoding its many meanings and identifying the various ways that the objects connect and comment on one another. We guarantee that you will notice something new.

Capacity: 25

Barnes classes will:

  • Sharpen your observational and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes and has been teaching art history for nearly 15 years. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in photography and art history from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute and earned her PhD in ancient and medieval art history from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is trained as an archaeologist and has worked on archaeological projects in the American Midwest and on the island of Sicily.

Barnes Method

Barnes Method courses follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous formal analysis and direct visual engagement with works of art. In this method, close looking at art helps build critical-thinking skills that can be carried beyond the gallery walls.