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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes, a leader in art education for nearly 100 years. We offer a full array of online and on-site classes, with new courses 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?

Online Class: The Art of Ancient Nubia: Egypt’s Rival on the Nile
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: The Art of Ancient Nubia: Egypt’s Rival on the Nile

Thursdays, August 5 – August 26, 1 – 3:10pm

From stone pyramids to winged giraffes, get to know the fabulous and fantastical art of ancient Nubia.

Online Class: Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Thursdays, September 2 – September 30, 2 – 4:10pm

This course looks at forgeries—how they're made and why, and how scholars distinguish between fake and real.

Online Class: Michelangelo in Focus
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Michelangelo in Focus

Fridays, September 3 – September 24, 10am – 12:10pm

Take a deep dive into the creative process and masterworks of the Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet.

Online Class: What Is Minimalism?
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: What Is Minimalism?

Tuesdays, September 14 – October 5, 12 – 2:10pm

Trace the roots of minimalism in the Bauhaus, De Stijl, and constructivism movements, and discover how Agnes Martin and other pioneering women have reshaped the canon.

Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism

Tuesdays, September 21 – October 12, 4 – 6:10pm

Trace the art and careers of Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley against the backdrop of gay and lesbian history and visual culture.

No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon
On-Site / Art in Context

No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27, 1 – 3pm

Explore the legacy of the radical French artist, and see how her work is still relevant and relatable today.