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Poems and Paintings

On-Site / The Barnes Method

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 10am – 12pm


Giorgio de Chirico. The Rose Tower (detail), 1913. BF597. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

$220; members $198
(4 classes, no class Nov 24; on-site)

Barnes Method courses 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.

About the Class

Many well-known poems were inspired by paintings and objects seen during museum visits—John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is one famous example. Using the Barnes method of analyzing works of art, we will compare our visual observations with the imagery and literary devices of various writers. This course is designed to encourage students’ questions and opinions. Works guiding our dialogue will include paintings by Picasso, O’Keeffe, and Hopper and poetry by Sontag, Updike, and Sandburg.

Capacity: 18


Linda Robinson

Robinson studied at the Barnes Foundation under Violette de Mazia. Before joining the Barnes teaching staff, she taught adult art history classes at local colleges. This is her seventh year as a Barnes instructor.