Skip to content Skip to footer

Learning to See

Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Wednesdays, September 7 – September 28, 12 – 2pm


Aristodimos Kaldis. Absorbing Art (detail), 1941. BF988. © 2021 Estate of Aristodimos Kaldis

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

On-site registration is sold out; join the wait-list or register to attend online.

In our modern, image-soaked world, why are we still drawn to paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art? What is it about the work of art itself that we find so captivating? In this four-session course, 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 artistic media to communicate something about their unique experience of the world. Held in the Barnes galleries, this class introduces both experienced art enthusiasts and newcomers to a new way of engaging with art and the world around us.

This course takes place at the Barnes in the collection galleries but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions.

On-site capacity: 12

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


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

Courses in the Barnes Method 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.