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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

Monday, January 22 – Tuesday, May 1
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
The Barnes Method

The Roots of Modernism: Impressionism and Beyond

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 1 – 3pm
Through careful analysis of works in the Barnes collection, explore the development of modern painting beginning in the late 19th century.
The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 1 – 4pm
With 181 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the collection, the Barnes is the ideal place to learn about this important but often misunderstood artist.
The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 6 – 9pm
One of the oldest forms of expression, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences.
The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, March 6 – April 17, 2 – 4pm
In a contemporary art world filled with conceptual art and installations, why do paintings continue to hold our interest?
The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesday, June 19, 10am – 4pm
Artists and garden designers share a strong sense of “place” and a heightened perception of the sensual qualities inherent in nature.
The Barnes Method

A Sense of Sight

Tuesday, July 10, 10am – 4pm
Focusing on several iconic paintings, this one-day workshop explores the ways that paintings engage our sense of sight and how artists communicate using their own visual language.
The Barnes Method

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesday, August 14 – Wednesday, August 15
What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists from Monet to Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?
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 of formalism (color, light, line, and space) in mind.