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The Painted Garden

On-Site / The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 12 – 2pm


Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Landscape with Woman Gardening (detail), c. 1896. BF884. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Artists and garden designers share a heightened perception of the sensual qualities inherent in nature. By looking at several exquisite gardens and studying paintings that represent gardens and other landscapes, we will learn the visual vocabulary common to both media.

Two sessions will take place in the Barnes collection; one will be held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, where we will discuss the intersection of art and landscape; and one will take place at the famous Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA. Students will need to arrange their own transportation.

Capacity: 18

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; please check Safety Guidelines for current masking information.


Christine Stoughton

Stoughton is a psychologist, art educator, sculptor, and printmaker. An instructor for the Barnes–de Mazia Education Program, she has also taught with the Violette de Mazia Foundation at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester University.

The Barnes Method

Courses in the Barnes Method 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.