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The Traditions of Art

On-Site / The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, January 25 – April 26, 6 – 9pm


Master of the San Quirico Crucifix. Triptych (detail), 1290s. BF83. Public Domain.

$550; members $495
(14 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

The class is held on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend; masks are also required.

Art is a visual record of artists’ perceptions throughout time. Held in the Barnes galleries, and focusing on developments in the painting and sculpture of western Europe, this class explores how artists learn and adapt earlier traditions and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Capacity: 18


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a member of the adult education faculty 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.

The Barnes Method

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.