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Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection

Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

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


Édouard Manet. Laundry (Le Linge) (detail), 1875. BF957. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

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

Taught by a practicing artist, this course offers an in-depth look at how various paintings in the Barnes collection were created, exploring techniques and materials as well as the aesthetic thinking behind them. We will examine paintings across genres and time periods, including medieval icons and illuminated manuscripts, the Baroque masters of the 17th century, impressionism and the color of light, and modernist abstraction. This course will include discussions centered around close looking, as well as video demonstrations.


Al Gury

Gury is chair of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he teaches drawing, painting, and art history. A painter of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and figures, he exhibits at F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia and other galleries around the country. He is the author of three books on art and numerous articles published nationally and internationally.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Materials and Techniques courses explore the physical aspects of how art is made. You will look closely at artistic materials, techniques, and processes, all of which are essential to understanding how art produces meaning.