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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes, a leader in art education for nearly 100 years. Our classes take place online and on-site, with new courses on a diverse array of topics curated monthly. Barnes members receive a 10% discount. Online classes make great gifts.

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The Elements of Art
Online / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 25 – April 26, 1 – 4pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying works in the Barnes collection.

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered
Online / The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

Tuesdays, January 25 – May 3, 6 – 9pm

With 179 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the collection, the Barnes is the ideal place to learn about this important but often misunderstood artist.

Learning to See
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, February 1 – February 22, 1 – 3pm

Learn how to see like an artist and better understand how painters, sculptors, and other creators express their unique experiences of the world.

Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio
Online / Art in Context

Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 12 – 2pm

Study the work of Donatello, Raphael, Caravaggio, and other Italian artists who changed the course of western European art history.

Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry
Online / Art in Context

Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 2 – 4pm

Explore how the impressionists broke the rules for painting and turned the 19th-century art establishment on its head.

American Modernism in the Southwest: O’Keeffe to Peña
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

American Modernism in the Southwest: O’Keeffe to Peña

Thursdays, February 3 – February 24, 1 – 3pm

In the early 1900s, modernist painters like Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley found inspiration in the American Southwest's natural beauty and Indigenous culture.

Jerusalem in the Middle Ages
Online / Art in Context

Jerusalem in the Middle Ages

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 4 – 6pm

Explore the arts of medieval Jerusalem, a bustling commercial center and home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all of whom regarded the city as integral to their faiths.

Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 6 – 8pm

Taught by a practicing artist, this course offers an in-depth look at the techniques and aesthetic thinking behind a range of artworks.

Visualizing Race
Online / Art in Context

Visualizing Race

Thursdays, March 3 – March 24, 6 – 8pm

How has visual imagery shaped our ideas about race and racial categories?

Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond

Wednesdays, March 16 – April 6, 1 – 3pm

This course explores Dalí’s dazzling, often shocking imagery through a diverse range of media spanning over 60 years.