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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

Ongoing

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

The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 21 – April 21, 1 – 4pm

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

The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 21 – April 21, 6 – 9pm

All artists engage with earlier formal vocabularies in one way or another—even the modernists we often think of as turning tradition on its head.

The Barnes Method

Visual Literacy in an Image-Soaked World: The Barnes Method and Beyond

Mondays, March 9 – March 30, 6 – 8pm

We live in a world saturated with images. Use the principles of the Barnes method to think critically about the images that surround us—in museums, on social media, and beyond.

The Barnes Method

Poems and Paintings

Tuesdays, March 31 – April 21, 1 – 3pm

Explore the analogies between the visual and the textual. Learn about the various strategies used by painters and writers to create imagery.

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesdays, March 31 – April 21, 1 – 3pm

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

The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesdays, April 28 – May 19, 1 – 3pm

Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.

The Barnes Method

The Intensive Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

Tuesday, June 16, 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.

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, July 7, 10am – 4pm

Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.