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Fridays, September 3 – September 24, 1 – 3:10pm


Charles Demuth. Musician (detail), 1918. BF748. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

A good watercolor painting can be mesmerizing, even mysterious. This class explores the working methods of two virtuoso watercolorists in the Barnes collection: Paul Cézanne and Charles Demuth. Students will learn how both of these artists approached the medium—especially how they made use of expanses of white paper to create dynamic spatial relationships. Taught by a practicing artist, the course will include demonstrations of color mixing and composition planning. This is not intended as a studio class, but students are welcome to follow along as the instructor creates his scene.

Each week, the 90-minute lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.


Michael Williamson

A member of the Barnes Art Team, Williamson studied at Yale University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of Bard College. He taught art history and studio art for nearly 30 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Williamson has an active art practice and has shown his paintings locally.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Materials and Techniques courses explore the physical aspects of how art is made. You will look closely at artistic materials, techniques, and processes, all of which are essential to understanding how art produces meaning.