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Study art history at the Barnes, a leader in art education since 1925. Come learn in our galleries, or take classes online using our immersive, state-of-the-art platform that brings you closer to the work than ever before.

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These traditional courses, derived from the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, focus on 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 Barnes.

The Language of Painting
On-Site / Barnes Method

The Language of Painting

Wednesday, June 26, 10am – 4pm

Learn to understand the language of painting through careful study of works in the Barnes collection. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Close-Looking Immersion: Glackens’s <i>The Raft</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Glackens’s The Raft

Wednesday, July 10, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: William Perthes

Close-Looking Immersion: Titian’s <i>Sleeping Shepherd</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Titian’s Sleeping Shepherd

Wednesday, August 14, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell