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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes! We’re now offering a full array of online classes, with new ones rolling out every month. Need-based scholarships are available. Online classes make a great gift.

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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: Van Gogh
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Van Gogh

Mondays, December 7–28, 4 – 6pm

Delve into the life and work of one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.

Online Class: 20th-Century Architecture
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: 20th-Century Architecture

Tuesdays, January 5–26, 1 – 2:30pm

Survey the major architectural monuments of the 20th century—works by Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and more.

Online Class: Decadence Through the Ages
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Decadence Through the Ages

Wednesdays, January 6–27, 2 – 3:30pm

In this team-taught course, we trace the visual representations of excess throughout art history.

Online Class: Seurat: Pointillism or the New&nbspImpressionism
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Online Class: Seurat: Pointillism or the New Impressionism

Thursdays, January 7–28, 6 – 8:10pm

See how Seurat's groundbreaking technique had a lasting impact on the course of modern art.

Online Class: The Barbizon Painters: Trailblazers for Impressionism
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Online Class: The Barbizon Painters: Trailblazers for Impressionism

Wednesdays, February 3–24, 1 – 3:10pm

Discover how these artists’ visions of rural France influenced the impressionist group that followed.

Online Class: The Ancient World
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Ancient World

Thursdays, February 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm

This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Online Class: Consumed by Color: Bonnard and Matisse, a Friendship in Paint
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Online Class: Consumed by Color: Bonnard and Matisse, a Friendship in Paint

Thursdays, February 4–25, 4 – 6:10pm

Learn about the long and fascinating relationship between these two celebrated painters.

Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell
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Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell

Thursdays, March 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm

Survey important artists and works from this American art movement ahead of our spring exhibition Soutine / de Kooning.

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Fridays, March 5–26, 1 – 3:10pm

Explore major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from the predynastic period through the New Kingdom.

Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII
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Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII

Mondays, March 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm

Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe as well as the work of those who stayed behind.

Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution
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Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution

Mondays, March 8–29, 6 – 8:10pm

Trace the surrealist movement from formal inception in 1924 through its international expansion in the 1930s.

Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin
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Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 2 – 4:10pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations
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Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 6 – 8:10pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.