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The Traditions of Art

The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 6 – 9pm

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

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

(14 classes; no class on September 11 and September 18)

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us.

About the Class

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

Capacity: 18


William Perthes

Perthes is 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.