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Wednesday, December 6, or Tuesday, December 19, 10am – 4:30pm


Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Portrait of Jeanne Durand-Ruel (detail), 1876. BF950. Public Domain.

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

About the Class

Leslie Bowen is a longtime instructor at the Barnes and a favorite among students. By popular demand, this one-day workshop allows students to join the artist and educator as she reminisces about her connection to the Barnes, including her first encounter with the collection as a young art student. What were her impressions, and what paintings excited her imagination? Bowen will discuss how, over time, those first impressions changed—or didn’t—and which works of art have become her new favorites.

This workshop will be offered on two dates: Wednesday, December 6 (sold out), and Tuesday, December 19 (sold out), 10am – 4:30pm.

Capacity: 18 per session

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.

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Leslie Bowen

Bowen previously taught at Lebanon Valley College, where she received the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching. A painter, she exhibits extensively and has participated in programs at the Paris American Academy, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and Southampton College in New York.

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.” Matisse and Picasso with Martha Lucy

“The instructor [was] very empathetic and knowledgeable [and] created moments of sharing across students who participated actively in discussion.” Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance with Michael Williamson

“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.” Visualizing Memory with Lucas Kelly

“The instructor was exceptionally well prepared and challenged us with profound questions. This was a graduate degree caliber course.” The Queer 1890s with Ty Vanover