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The Elements of Art

On-Site / The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, September 14 – December 14, 6 – 9pm


Ensemble view, Main Room, south wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

$550; members $495; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475
(14 classes; on-site)

Barnes Method courses follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous 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 gallery walls.

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. Through an object-based approach, learn more about the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power.

Capacity: 18

Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Barnes can offer students 3 college credits for Collection Concentration.


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near Sicilian town of Marzamemi.