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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes, a leader in art education for nearly 100 years. Our classes take place online and on-site, with new courses on a diverse array of topics curated monthly. Barnes members receive a 10% discount. Online classes make great gifts.

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These courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

AfroApocalypse: Signs of the Times and the Hope and Horror of Black Futures
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

AfroApocalypse: Signs of the Times and the Hope and Horror of Black Futures

Wednesdays, May 18 – June 8, 6 – 8pm

How are today’s events and humanity’s dreams for tomorrow seen through the lens of Afrofuturism and the Black aesthetic?

Sexuality and the Modern Male Body
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Sexuality and the Modern Male Body

Mondays, June 6 – June 27, 1 – 3pm

An in-depth look at the changing concepts of masculinity and male sexuality in European art and society in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Primitivism and Modernism
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Primitivism and Modernism

Mondays, June 6 – June 27, 6 – 8pm

This course considers primitivism as both an artistic phenomenon and an intellectual construct at the heart of modernism’s self-definition.

The Once and Future Warhol
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

The Once and Future Warhol

Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 1 – 3pm

Explore the life and career of the multifaceted artist, from commercial shoe illustrations to pioneering Pop images of movie stars and soup cans.

Modernism and Mass Culture in France, 1848–1914
Online / Art in Context

Modernism and Mass Culture in France, 1848–1914

Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 4 – 6pm

Study how mass media and culture shaped the development of modern art.

Medusa: The Evolution of a Monster from Antiquity to Today
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Medusa: The Evolution of a Monster from Antiquity to Today

Wednesdays, June 8 – June 29, 1 – 3pm

Examine the changing depictions of Medusa and her role in art historical, psychological, and feminist spheres.