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Tuesday, July 11, 10am – 4pm


Odilon Redon. Saint George and the Dragon (detail), c. 1909–10. BF2093. Public Domain.

$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

Being Present with Art is a method for integrating mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, meditation with art pedagogical exercises, such as guided close looking and drawing. Developed by educator and researcher Roksana Filipowska, the method has been shown to lower stress while increasing awareness and a sense of belonging.

This one-day retreat offers an immersion into the method with ample opportunity to reflect on existing practices for gathering groups around art, and to explore how museums might integrate MBSR with art pedagogy to become more accessible to visitors and communities healing from the COVID-19 pandemic. No prior meditation experience required.

Capacity: 18

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; please check safety guidelines for current masking information.

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.


Roksana Filipowska

Filipowska is a researcher, educator, writer, and meditation facilitator interested in the intersections of art, science, and wholeness. Filipowska has a PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and developed the methodology behind Being Present with Art while serving as the Wurtele Study Center Programs and Outreach Manager at the Yale University Art Gallery. She is an arts, culture, and equity consultant at Keen Independent Research.

Art in Context

Art in Context 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?

Recent Barnes Class Testimonials

“[The] professor was highly engaging, facilitated excellent discussions, and [was] very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about teaching art history from watching her.” Course: Matisse and Picasso with Martha Lucy

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“I am not an artist and prior to this course I had not thought about what an artist might be 'thinking,' as opposed to 'feeling.' I loved this course and plan to immerse myself in color theory.” Course: Visualizing Memory with Lucas Kelly

“This course is equal to or exceeds art history courses I have taken at several major universities in terms of syllabus and quality of instruction.” Course: The School of Paris with Joseph Tokumasu Field