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The Elements of Art

Online / The Barnes Method

Thursdays, September 1 – December 8, 6 – 9pm


Henri Matisse. Seated Nude (detail), 1906. BF212. © 2022 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$550; members $495; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475
(14 classes; no class Nov 24)

About the Class

One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Through an object-based approach, learn more about the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power.

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

Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Barnes can offer students 3 college credits for The Elements of Art.


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.