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Saturdays, November 14–December 12, 1 – 2:30pm*


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

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class on November 28)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

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

Jonathan Pinkett, a recent artist-in-residence at the Barnes, leads this course exploring the methods of classical figurative and still life painting. Through live demonstrations, Pinkett will share several old master techniques that inspired his own process. Among them is the “comparative measurement” approach to building accurate drawings from life—rooted in the idea that the whole and the part are related to each other to create harmony—which he will demonstrate through a full-color portrait. Various materials, brushes, and prepared surfaces will also be discussed.

Each week, the main lecture will be followed by an optional small-group discussion session that gives students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates. These 40-minute sessions will be held between 3:30 and 5:30 pm on Saturdays, from November 14 to December 12 (no discussion on November 28). You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


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 old master techniques in contemporary art.