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The Traditions of Art

The Barnes Method

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


Salomon van Ruysdael. Rhine River View near Rhenen (detail), c. 1660–1665. BF808. Public Domain.

$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

Art is a visual record of artists’ perceptions throughout time. Focusing on developments in the art of Western Europe, this class explores how traditions influence one another, how artists learn and adapt traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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 Elements 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.