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Light in Art

Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 1 – 3pm


Veronese (Paolo Caliari). Baptism of Christ (detail), mid-16th century. BF800. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class November 23)

About the Class

In art, the representation of light can be harsh or soft, observed or conceptual, sacred or secular. This class, part of a series on the plastic means (or the formal elements of art), will focus on the artistic use of light. Through a close analysis of major works in the Barnes collection, we will explore the importance of this element as a tool used by artists to communicate a sense of three-dimensional volume and to express something unique about their experiences of the world.

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.