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The Traditions of Art

Online / The Barnes Method

Mondays, August 22 – December 5, 1 – 4pm


Unidentified artist, French. Mary Going to the Temple, Four Female Saints, and a Female Donor and Her Daughters (detail), 15th century. BF864. Public Domain.

$550; members $495
(14 classes; no class September 5 and 26)

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 examines works in the Barnes collection to explore how artists learn and adapt earlier traditions and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

Students at Saint Joseph’s University can receive college credits for The Traditions of Art through our ongoing partnership.


Kedra Kearis

Kearis is a member of the adult education faculty at the Barnes. She specializes in art and material culture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between gender, space, and the visual arts. In addition, Kearis has taught French language and literature for more than a decade.

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.