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The Elements of Art

The Barnes Method

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


Henri Matisse. Red Madras Headdress (detail), 1907. BF448. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York

$550; members $495;
with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)
(14 classes)

Registration opens December 13 at 10 am.
Member presale begins December 11 at 10 am.

Apply for Scholarship Registration Opens Soon

About the Class

One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Learn the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.

Capacity: 18

Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Barnes is able to offer college and university students three college credits.

Expanding on this partnership, we are excited to now offer Pennsylvania teachers 42 Act 48 credits when they complete this course or The Traditions of Art. To learn more, email us.


William Perthes

Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.