About the Class
Art is a visual record of artists’ perceptions throughout time. Focusing on developments in the painting and sculpture of western Europe, this class explores how artists learn and adapt previous traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Each week, the two-hour lecture is followed by a 50-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates. Students seeking the Barnes–de Mazia Certificate must participate in the discussion session.
Students at Saint Joseph’s University can receive college credits for The Traditions of Art through our ongoing partnership.
A member of the Barnes Art Team, Kearis is a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University. She specializes in art and visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research emphasizes the artistic exchange between France and America, the new woman, and the transnational portrait of the Gilded Age. Her dissertation has been supported by the New-York Historical Society, the Association of Historians of American Art, and the Victorian Society in America.
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.