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

Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program


This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

Get a better understanding of why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.

The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Dawn of Modernism

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 4pm

This class explores the meaning of “modernism” and examines the relationship between painting, literature, and other media from the modern era.

The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 6 – 9pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.

The Barnes Method

Exploring Pictorial Space: From Giotto to Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

Find out how Giotto and Cézanne opened up new ways of thinking about three-dimensional space in art.