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The Elements of Art

The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 6 – 9pm

William James Glackens. The Raft, 1915. BF701. Public Domain.

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

14 classes
(no class March 27) 

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us.

About the Class

One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Learn the principles that underlie all art and discover its communicative power. All classes are taught in the galleries, allowing students to see paintings up close.
Capacity: 18 students


William Perthes

Perthes is director of adult education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.