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Thursdays, June 8 – June 29, 6 – 8pm


Jonathan Pinkett. Kharee as Dutch Burgermiester (detail), 2018

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

“The artistic masterpieces of every age have consistent underlying principles that emerge regardless of the stylistic differences.” —Juliette Aristides

Using live demonstrations, artist Jonathan Pinkett will explore with students the old master methods of classical figurative and still-life painting that inspire his own creative processes. Among those techniques is “comparative measurement,” an approach for creating relative scale within an artwork that emphasizes harmonious alignment. Pinkett will show these techniques live, in class, as he paints a full-color portrait. Various materials, brushes, and prepared surfaces will also be discussed. This is a rare opportunity to learn about an artist’s process from the artist himself. 

The 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.


Jonathan Pinkett

In 2018, Pinkett was awarded a three-month residency at the Barnes as a winner of the Let’s Connect competition. A Philadelphia native, he studied filmmaking at the Philadelphia College of Art and drawing and painting in New York with artists Jacob Collins and Colleen Barry. Pinkett’s figurative painting is influenced by the Florentine school and the Dutch Golden Age, and he works to preserve traditional techniques in contemporary art.

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.

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