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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

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

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 4pm
Study the ways in which artists draw upon earlier artistic traditions, focusing especially on the development of modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Barnes Method

Understanding Modern Art

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 3pm
Unravel the mystery behind paintings that distort their subjects or banish them altogether.
The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration:
Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 6 – 9pm
Trace the development of Cézanne’s style and explore his enormous impact on the art that followed.
The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9, 1 – 3pm
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

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 1 – 3pm
Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, June 18, 10am – 4pm
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.