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Online Class: The Elements of Art

The Barnes Method / Online

Tuesdays, January 26–April 27, 6 – 9pm


Henri Matisse. Dishes and Melon (detail), 1906–1907. BF64. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$550; members $495
(14 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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.

Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 50-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates. Students seeking the Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program must participate in the discussion session.

Students at Saint Joseph’s University can receive college credits for The Elements of Art through our ongoing partnership.


Henri Matisse. Dishes and Melon, 1906–1907. BF64. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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 the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.