Skip to content Skip to footer

Mondays, September 9 – September 30, 2 – 4pm


Edgar Degas. Group of Dancers (detail), c. 1900. The Barnes Foundation, BF121. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Edgar Degas experimented continually, creating some of the most technically innovative work of his time. This class will take students behind the scenes of Degas’s art making and into his studio. Look closely at the tremendous range of materials and techniques he employed during the various phases of his long career—which one critic characterized as Degas’s “restless searches for new procedures.”

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first impressionist exhibition, a turning point in the history of modern art, making it the ideal moment to explore Degas’s contribution to the movement and consider his practices against those of the larger group. The class will follow the history of the impressionists, from the group’s emergence on the Paris art scene to its dissolution after the final exhibition in 1886. We’ll conclude by exploring the work of some of the important modern artists who rose in their wake, such as Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh.

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

Already registered? Log in to Barnes Learning.

Barnes classes will:

  • Sharpen your observational and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

See all classes.


Michelle Foa

Foa is an associate professor of 19th-century European art at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her first book, Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision, was published in 2015, and she is currently finishing her second book, Edgar Degas and the Matter of Art, which analyzes the artist’s career-long commitment to material and technical experimentation. Foa is the guest curator of Edgar Degas: Multi-Media Artist in the Age of Impressionism (July 13–October 6) at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Recent Barnes Class Testimonials

“Naina Saligram is the professor everyone hopes to have. She is knowledgeable and open to listening to her students.” The Classical Tradition in Modern Art with Naina Saligram

“I learned so much in this class, especially things I would not have considered or did not learn when taking art history classes in college.” Portraiture at the Barnes: From the 15th Century to Modernism with Laura Watts

“Kaelin is an amazing professor and has so much knowledge about the collection and the Barnes Foundation. She makes the content interesting and encourages your ideas and questions.” The Traditions of Art with Kaelin Jewell

“I love Cézanne’s art. I am a neuroscientist and always use Cézanne as an example of an artist when I teach vision and the art of seeing. This class helped me appreciate Cézanne’s work even more [and] was very engaging.” Close-Looking Immersion: Cézanne’s Ginger Jar with William Perthes

“The instructor was amazing! She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and open to questions. She brought in outside resources and made herself available via email for questions between classes. I would take anything she teaches.” The Impressionists: Friends and Family with Caterina Pierre