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Saturday, December 16, 10am – 4pm


Claude Monet. The Studio Boat (detail), 1876. BF730. Public Domain.

$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

If the saying “the only constant is change” is true, then how can art help us navigate our ever-shifting existence? In this workshop, we will use impressionism, and the art movements that came in its wake, as a case study for our inquiry. We’ll explore how late 19th-century paintings were created to portray a mutable, modern world. More broadly, we will consider how artists mark—and make—change.

Capacity: 100

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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Miriam Ashkin Stanton

Stanton is an art historian who has worked in curatorial roles at the Williams College Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Williams College, and a BA from Grinnell College. Her current research analyzes a “gravitational imagination” in modern art—considering how states of suspension take shape in objects and open possibilities for viewers.

Recent Barnes Class Testimonials

“[The] professor was highly engaging, facilitated excellent discussions, and [was] very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about teaching art history from watching her.” Matisse and Picasso with Martha Lucy

“The instructor [was] very empathetic and knowledgeable [and] created moments of sharing across students who participated actively in discussion.” Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance with Michael Williamson

“I am not an artist and prior to this course I had not thought about what an artist might be 'thinking,' as opposed to 'feeling.' I loved this course and plan to immerse myself in color theory.” Visualizing Memory with Lucas Kelly

“The instructor was exceptionally well prepared and challenged us with profound questions. This was a graduate degree caliber course.” The Queer 1890s with Ty Vanover