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Learning to See

Online / Barnes Method

Tuesday, August 15, 10am – 4pm


Randall Morgan. Ponte Vecchio (detail), c. 1950. BF2537. © 2023 Estate of Randall Morgan

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

About the Class

In our modern, image-soaked world, why are we still drawn to paintings and sculptures? What is it about a work of art itself that we find so captivating? In this one-day online workshop, we will explore these questions and train our eyes to see as the artist does. By learning to see, we can better understand how artists use various media to communicate something about their unique experience of the world. Our innovative deep-zoom technology allows students to examine works up close, in ways not possible in person. This workshop introduces both experienced art enthusiasts and newcomers to a new way of engaging with art and the world around us. No matter your art background, you will come away seeing art differently.

This class is online-only. More about online classes.

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.


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.

The Barnes Method

Barnes Method courses follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous formal analysis and direct visual engagement with works of art. In this method, close looking at art helps build critical-thinking skills that can be carried beyond the gallery walls.

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

“Every single second of the course was a productive, valuable, and interesting use of my time. The instructor's enthusiasm and reference to outside resources sparked a greater interest in me as a learner and resulted in me exploring even more on my own. I couldn't have enjoyed the experience more.” Course: Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond with Jonathan Wallis

“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