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These courses, derived from the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, focus on rigorous close looking and analysis. 

The Barnes Method

The Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

Tuesday, August 21, 10am – 4pm
A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at artwork, with Dr. Barnes’s concepts in mind.
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The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, September 4 – Tuesday, December 18
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
The Barnes Method

Women Artists Through the Lens of History

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 1 – 3pm
Why are women artists underrepresented in collections? Explore the socio-economic norms that have suppressed the creativity of talented women throughout history.
The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 1 – 4pm
Learn the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 6 – 9pm
Explore how traditions influence and affect one another, how artists learn from and adapt traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes's Ensembles

Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 9 – 11am
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.
The Barnes Method

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, October 30 – December 4, 6 – 8pm
What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired many artists of the period and continues to influence painters today?
The Barnes Method

Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation

Tuesdays, November 13 – December 4, 1 – 3pm
Works on paper can convey a sense of immediacy, spontaneity, and intimacy. Learn about the process used to create such works and explore their visual impact.