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The Traditions of Art

On-Site / Barnes Method

Tuesdays, September 10 – December 17, 1 – 4pm


Giorgio de Chirico. Alexandros (detail), 1935. The Barnes Foundation, BF960. © 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

$600; members $540
(14 classes; no class November 26)

About the Class

Art is a visual record of artists’ perceptions throughout time. Held in the Barnes galleries, this course focuses not only on developments in painting and sculpture in Western Europe but also touches on the artistic traditions of Africa and Asia. We’ll have the opportunity to examine how all artists—including modernists working in the 19th and 20th centuries—learn and adapt earlier traditions.

Capacity: 18

Barnes classes will:

  • Sharpen your observational and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

Educators in Pennsylvania can receive 75 Act 48 Credits for The Traditions of Art.

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Giorgio de Chirico. Alexandros, 1935. The Barnes Foundation, BF960. © 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes and has been teaching art history for nearly 15 years. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in photography and art history from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute and earned her PhD in ancient and medieval art history from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is trained as an archaeologist and has worked on archaeological projects in the American Midwest and on the island of Sicily.

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.

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“Kaelin is an amazing professor and has so much knowledge about the collection and the Barnes Foundation. She makes the content interesting and encourages your ideas and questions.” The Traditions of Art with Kaelin Jewell

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